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Kahaani 2-Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on December 5, 2016 | No Comments

FILM – Kahaani 2

PRODUCER – Akshay Gada, Jayantilal Gada, Kushal Gada & Sujoy Ghosh (producer), Reshmaa Kadakia & Suresh Nair (co-producer)

DIRECTOR – Sujoy Ghosh

WRITER – Sujoy Ghosh & Suresh Nair (story), Sujoy Ghosh (screenplay), Ritesh Shah & Sujoy Ghosh (dialogue)

CAST – Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansraj, Kharaj Mukherjee

MUSIC – Clinton Cerejo

It takes a while into the film to figure out that Kahaani-2 is not part two of the first film, but just uses the famous moniker as a convenience and bait. This is the only feature the red herring-ed first film and this one have in common. Apart from the lead actress of course, the ‘face’ of the film and its director who unfortunately miss the golden opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the first film and upturn stereotypes and / or break conventions.

The film revolves around Vidya/Durga’s (Vidya Balan) attempts to rescue her daughter from her serial abuser. The true identity of Vidya and her relationship with her daughter is the riddle and Inspector Inder (Arjun Rampal) finds himself in the middle of it. He has a connection with Durga and he finds himself getting involved deep, right till the film’s gratuitous end.

The film, a suspense thriller is surprisingly presented as a horror film, with shock cuts, loud horrifying music and visceral violence at times. It seems to be making a desperate attempt to leave no stone unturned in keeping the audience gratified. It keeps us hooked but gratification begins to dissipate quickly as one begins to learn the mystery is not as mysterious as was led to believe.

In fact, the first half an hour builds up a tight pace and intriguing graph that is quite edge-of-the-seat. But soon after the story begins unravelling too easily (with a voice-over narration in Bollywood films yet again) and it is then no longer the mystery of ‘who is who’ that keeps one going but a milder curiosity to know how will it end.

And end it does on a note that seems aimed at redemption the film doesn’t seem to know much about. It is centered around child abuse and like Dear Zindagi last week allows the theme to become the message, its treatment unable to hide a certain limited understanding of the very world it is compassionate about.

Vidya Balan does her best to portray a victim and a brave mother at the same time with sincerity. But the complete lack of shades in her character (blame it on the message ‘bogey’) as well as lack of focus on her emotional journey (which made the first film what it was) robs her of an opportunity to stun. Arjun Rampal as the hunky Inspector and loving husband seems a misfit not only in the role, which in any case is devoid of any sort of emotional depth or dynamic shades, but also the Bengal milieu. The characters, even the Bengali ones, seem to be placed mechanically in a Bengal look-alike set; possibly a casting fault as well.

Kahaani 2 will appear to be disappointing since it rides on the goodwill of the previous film and fails to match. In isolation it could have worked much better.

Fatema Kagalwala

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