A Story Of Success

Review of the movie ‘Kahaani 2’ by G 9 DivyaSolgama

Expectations:

The thriller genre found its existence in the black & white era due to film makers like Raj Khosla and Biren Nag. The colour era enhanced the genre to its peak with the help of some great directors like Vijay Anand, Ravi Nagaich, Raja Nawathe followed by the multiplex era directors like Shriram Raghavan, Abbas Mustan, Ramabai Gopal Varma and few more. Though the best results always came in through those films which had the least amount of expectations attached to it. Thriller films like ‘Bees Saal Baad’, ‘Mera Saaya’, ‘Khamosh’, ‘Khiladi’, ‘Ittefaq’, ‘Aamir’, ‘100 Days’, ‘Johnny Gaddar’, ‘A Wednesday’ and few more including ‘Kahaani’ surprised it’s audience with its highly captivating narration. The zero expectation factor worked great for such movies. On the other hand, there have been some films where the baggage of its makers last films was so high that despite of having  a decent premise attached, it still fell short to match up to the high expectations. ‘Kahaani 2’ also comes up with a higher baggage of its path breaking predecessor (‘Kahaani’) due to which right from its first trailer the expectations were sky high. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Kahaani 2’ will give us yet another solid thriller on the lines of ‘Kahaani’ or might end up being one of those product based films which are made only to cash in over its past glory.

vidya-balans-kahaani-2-poster-1Story:

‘Kahaani 2’ is a story of a Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) and her partially paralysed daughter Minnie (Tunisha Sharma) living in a small town of Chandan Nagar.  One day when Vidya returns back from her work she finds Minnie missing. At the same time Vidya receives an anonymous phone call stating that they have Minnie with them and in order to save her life Vidya has to come to a specific address in Kolkata. Vidya quickly rushes out from her home and gets hit badly by a motor car. Vidya slips into a coma and her case is led by sub inspector Indrajeet Singh. Next day Indrajeet is also assigned to find a wanted criminal Durga Rani Singh (Vidya Balan) and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story is something different and starts on a flawless note. The first half is highly engaging and intriguingly disturbing. There is not even a single second in the first half where you can even blink your eyes. The parallel stories of Vidya Balan keep you on a nail biting journey with full pace and interesting screenplay. There are some highly arresting scenes such as Vidya’s accident, Arjun reading Vidya’s diary, Vidya’s first interaction with young Minnie (Naisha Khanna) followed by her bonding with her and later trying to find the truth, Jugal Hansraj’s interaction with Vidya, Vidya talking about difference between love and abuse, Vidya saving Minnie from hospital and few more.  The second half starts to dilute due to side track of Arjun Rampal and his wife along with predictable twists and the mild suspense attached to it. The movie keeps dragging frequently in the second half with some cinematic liberties and loopholes attached to it. The curiosity factor which was at its peak in the first half suddenly seems to vanish in the finale portions. The suspense part is predictable and not as thrilling as expected. Despite of these flaws, the movie on its own merit is good due to a hard-hitting story attached to it. Vidya Balan’s character has several layers attached to it, making it totally interesting. The cinematography is decent and goes with the flow of the film.

Music:

‘Kahaani 2’ has a fantastic background score by Clinton Cerejo which adds as an additional screenplay in the film. ‘Mehram’ is well placed in the film. ‘Aaur Main Khush Hoon’ is average. The musical retro connect in the film is fantastic (‘Yeh Raatein Nayi Purani’, ‘RukJaana O Jaana’, ‘Rajnigandha’, ‘Jeena Kya Aji’, ‘Aaya Sanam Aaya’, ‘Choti Si Kahaani’ and many more including the Bengali songs by the legendary singers).

Direction:

Director Sujoy Ghosh had delivered his finest work in the form of ‘Kahaani’. Every scene, every dialogue, every character, every musical note was perfect in that film. The movie gained a cult classic status in such a short time. Thus, the expectations were sky high with the arrival of ‘Kahaani 2’. The crisp trailer added more pressure on the film followed by the brilliant first half. Thus, in comparison to all these mammoth expectations the second half seemed a bit weak and not up to the mark. Nevertheless the movie as said earlier, on its own is a great film. Sujoy narrates the story with full conviction and keeps you glued to the silver screen. It’s not easy for any filmmaker to make a film with so many layers and still keep you engaged with every scene of it.

Performances:

VidyaBalan gives yet another stellar performance and displays her fine skills of a fantastic actor. Her looks in every part of the film adds up to her character.  The pain, agony and love she has is perfectly displayed through her superb expressions. Her body language does full justice to her characters. Arjun Rampal looks great and does a decent job. Though, in some scenes, especially the unwanted chase scene, he was melodramatic. Jugal Hansraj is fantastic in his part. Naisha Khanna looks cute and adds depth to her character. TotaRoychoudhury, Kharaj Mukherjee, Tunisha Sharma and others lend good support. Manini Chadha was not up to the mark.

Final Verdict:

On an overall basis ‘Kahaani 2’ has a fantastically flawless first half with an average second half. In comparison with ‘Kahaani’ the movie is a bit let down, but on its own merits, it’s a superb thriller with great performances and a hard-hitting tale attached to it. Keeping aside the mammoth expectations, ‘Kahaani 2’ is an alluring franchise of a cult classic thriller.

Rating – 4/5 – Source – BollywoodTimes