Kahaani is a thriller about a pregnant woman (Vidya Balan) whom comes to Kolkata from London to look for her missing husband. Find out more in the review.

Kahaani Review (Kahaani Movie Poster)
Kahaani Review

Rating: 3/5 (Three stars)

Star cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengupta.

What’s Good: The engaging suspense drama; the performances.

What’s Bad: The narrative style which will appeal mostly to the class audience.

Verdict: Kahaani is an engaging and entertaining movie.

Loo break: None.

Watch or Not?: Watch it because it’s an intelligent thriller told in a novel way.

Two years after a chemical attack in Kolkata’s metro railway system, in which 200 innocent people had perished, Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), a pregnant woman, comes down to Kolkata to file a report for her missing husband.

While she claims that Arnab Bagchi, her software engineer-husband, had come down to Kolkata  to work for the National Data Centre, and that he had stayed at a guest house in Kolkata, the police finds no evidence of her husband’s stay in Kolkata.

However, Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay), an assistant sub-inspector, takes interest in the case and travels with Vidya to various places in Kolkata in order to find clues that can lead them to Arnab Bagchi.

Vidya Bagchi’s search for her husband creates a flutter inside the ranks of the Intelligence Bureau, especially when she finds out about a wanted person called Milan Damji who resembles her husband. Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an Intelligence Bureau officer, is deputed to look into the case. He warns Vidya to discontinue her search and forget that anybody called Milan Damji ever existed.

Meanwhile, persons whom Vidya had got in touch with during her search, are killed by an assailant. But Vidya is relentless. With Rana’s help, she discovers more details that link her husband’s disappearance to the elusive Milan Damji. When she confronts IB officer Khan with evidence, he reveals to Vidya that Milan Damji is a rogue special agent who was responsible for the chemical attack in the Kolkata metro. Soon, one thing leads to another and Rana and Vidya inch closer to finding Milan Damji.

Is Vidya able to find Milan Damji? Is she, through him, able to get to her husband, Arnab Bagchi? What had happened to him? Why is Rana helping Vidya? What is the involvement of the Intelligence Bureau in this whole case? The rest of the drama answers these questions.

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Kahaani Review (Kahaani Movie Stills)

Kahaani Review: Script Analysis

The story of Kahaani is such that it keeps the audience guessing about what is going to happen next. As such the screenplay is very engaging and entertaining. While Vidya’s character draws the audience’s sympathy, the way she goes about the search makes the audience change their opinion of her. The climax, which reveals the truth about the entire case, is shocking. Overall, the writers (story: Sujoy Ghosh, Advaita Kala; additional screenplay: Suresh Nair, Nikhil Vyas) have done a commendable job. The dialogues, by Ritesh Shah, Sutapa Sikdar and Sujoy Ghosh, are natural.

Kahaani Review: Star Performances & Direction

Vidya Balan is the life of the film. She depicts the helpless yet brave pregnant woman very realistically. Parambrata Chattopadhyay, as Rana, is a discovery. He is superb as the young cop who falls in love with Vidya. Nawazuddin Siddiqui  is memorable as Khan. Indraneil Sengupta does a fine job. Saswata Chatterjee (as the assailant, Bob Biswas) is just wonderful. Darshan Jariwala, Dhritiman Chatterjee and others offer able support.

Sujoy Ghosh’s direction is very good. He makes the narrative engaging from the start to the end and extracts fine performances from his cast. However, his narrative style will appeal more to the city-based class audience. Vishal-Shekhar’s music is very good. Setu’s cinematography makes the nooks and crannies of Kolkata come alive. Production design, by Kaushik Das and Subrata Barik, is realistic.

Kahaani Review: The Last Word

On the whole, Kahaani is a very good entertainer which will pick up by word of mouth publicity.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. *SPOILER ALERT*

    Hi Mrigank,

    I saw Kahaani today, Inox-Thane, Rs 160, seat no:K 24. Was really entertaining apart from a serious flaw in the script that kept me astonished. Here is what it is-

    Vidya Bagchi’s original husband, i.e the IB agent who forces into the metro at Kalighat station in search of the poisonous mass destructive chemical, dies in the metro mishap. Vidya is pregnant then and when she returns after 2 years for the revenge she still is shown as pregnant. So, the point that nobody would question her pregnancy when her husband is missing for 2 years is unacceptable.It is a serious flaw in the story which might have gone unnoticed by many but still the directors, editors,, and other renowned people should have picked it up and modified before release.

    I am amazed that such a gross and negligent mistake is pursued.

    Rgds
    Sukanto

    • Vidya named Arnab as her husband & said she was pregnant. This statement is totally false as one gets to know at the end of the movie. She never said that her husband died 2 years before. She only said that Arnab vanished some 1-2 months back and as such she can be heavily pregnant when she lands in Kolkata.

    • hey,,, i think u have not seen the entire movie…. at the end u get to know that she is not really pregnant, and what she said in the movie was that her husband was missing for mere 15 days……….

    • She complained recetly missing husband. It was them about believing Damji does look like her husband. She did not disclosed any connection with ‘2 yrs back mishap’ and her husband. Think about it. Or see the movie once again.

    • Have seen the movie, sir? How old are you? Are you mature enough to understand a thriller? Sorry sir……… I would advice you not to see any thriller, you need Rajanikanth movie !!!!

  2. A Very entertaining movie, you can never keep your senses off the screen during the entire run time. Mumbai producers may use some of our Bengal actors who acted so well

  3. In the movie Vidya Bagchi told that her husband is missing for two weeks from present. She didnot mention the original incident which occured before 2 years.

  4. An excellent movie with a flawless story. Each and every scene in the movie would make you go blind and lots of thoughts would accumulate in your mind. Every minute there is suspence and i gurantee that your popcorns will not go down your throat in the interval. When ultimately the main thing is revealed you would get goosebumps. Ulimately this film is worth a watch. KAHAANI rocks……

    • Movie freeze you in the chair. I must say a great transformation by the Director Sujoy Ghosh. The movie seems entirely bollywood with a poles apart concept and absolutely exceptional thriller.

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