Kahaani 2: A Thriller With A Predictable End!
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Sujoy Gosh ‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’ deals with a very sensitive and painful story of Indian households where no one musters courage to share the trauma of silent victims of abuse. Vidya Balan as Vidya Sinha and Durga Rani plays this impeccable character with ease and is bang on in the art of acting and delivering what is expected from her by the audience. Vidya Sinha and her crippled daughter lives in Chandan Nagar, West Bengal which is just as big as a football ground (as told by a cop in the film). One fine day she wakes up late and is seen trying to call up her maid who hasn’t turned up to take care of Minnie and she has to leave to her office reluctantly leaving behind Minnie with the door of her home ajar. Assured by her daughter that she can take care of herself and relying on her neighbor who is a septuagenarian that he will keep a guard on Minnie, Vidya Sinha on her return to home finds her daughter missing. To make it more mysterious she is told by her maid that it was Vidya who called her up not to come. An already worried and tensed Vidya is shocked to hear her old neighbor also tell her that he stopped keeping a watch on Minnie because Vidhya called him up and told him that the maid has reached her home to take care of Minnie.
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Sujoy Gosh is partly successful in narrating a thriller with the audience sitting at the edge of their seats till the first half but fails unfortunately in the second half to do so because the film loses its steam and becomes too predictable. I wonder sometime that why the filmmakers are in a hurry to wrap up their story and in the process ruin a fine script and the possibility of making an out of the box film. Sujoy too falls in this trap and makes Kahaani 2’s ending illogical, predictable and dumb.
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Arjun Rampal as a cop who is on a trail to solve a jig saw puzzle between Vidya Sinha and Durga Rani plays the role of Inspector Inderjit Singh well but sadly we find out that his character is not fleshed out properly. It’s good to see Jugal Hansraj the once chocolaty boy of Bollywood playing the role of a man in question.
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Vidya Balan who has repeatedly proved that she can carry a movie on her shoulders through films like Parineeta, Dirty Pictures and Kahaani lately seems to fail to do so probably because of her choice of films and being not so careful about the script she is being offered. Well, Sujoy Ghosh Kahaani 2 is a onetime watch because it does open our eyes and brings back our attention to certain sensitive familial issues which is generally carpeted and the victims left to suffer for the rest of their life. Remember, Kahaani 2 is not a sequel rather it is entirely a new story trying to piggyback heavily on Sujoy’s successful film Kahaani (2012).
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3/5
Cast: Vidya Balan (Vidya Sinha/Durga Rani), Arjun Rampal (Inspector Inderjit Singh), Naisha (Minnie), Jugal Hansraj, Tota Roy Choudhury, Kharaj Mukherjee, Kaushik Sen, Manini Chadha
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Producer: Sujoy Ghosh, Jayaantilal Gada
Written by: Sujoy Ghosh, Ritesh Shah (Dialogues)
Story by: Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair
Music by: Clinton Cerejo
Cinematography: Tapan Basu
Production: Boundscript Motion Pictures, Pen India Limited
Distributor: Reliance Entertainment
Release Date: 2nd December, 2016
Duration: 119 Minutes