film biopsy: kahaani

Posted: March 12, 2012 in Film Biopsy
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If you still haven’t watched Kahaani, here is something that will get you going. IT WILL BE THE BEST 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES YOU WILL SPEND IN A THEATRE.

And if that’s not reason enough, the thrill, the excitement, the plot, and the suspense will definitely get your feet walking towards the theatre on their own. Sujoy Ghosh, the director of Kahaani should go ahead and a take bow, because he has created a masterpiece.

Kahaani is a suspense-thriller about a pregnant woman, Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), coming to Kolkatta to find her husband, Arnab Bagchi, who has gone missing. In her search of her missing husband, Vidya is aided by a local police officer, Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay). What follows is a roller-coaster of events that lead to the truth behind the hunt for a missing man and raise questions about the very existence of a man named Arnab Baghchi.

Shot in the backdrop of Kolkatta during the Durga Puja festival, the film is vibrant, colourful and has a rustic feel to it. Every shot has meaning to it, and nothing seems unnecessary or out of place. There are no songs used as fillers, and that helps in maintaining the continuity of the film.

Vidya Balan does a complete 180 turn from her character in The Dirty Picture. After seeing her seductive side, dressed provocatively in The Dirty Picture, her character in Kahaani is a refreshing change. She is covered head to toe, and has mannerisms and body language of a pregnant woman downpat. Parambrata, who plays Vidya’s pillar of support, has a gentle attitude towards everything which makes his character all the more amiable. The entire film is bound by the characters of Vidya Balan and Parambrata Chattopadhyay, and it is interesting to see how their relationship evolves over the course of the plot.

Other than the plot, the script and the acting, the background score is also something to watch out for. It brings a new feel to film, making the scenes seem darker, more dangerous, and heartwarming when necessary. Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ touches the heart. All these separate elements come together to make the film into a package that is thrilling, exciting and – at the same time – entertaining.

In the past two weeks, the Hindi film industry has really outdone itself, and it has given us all a ray of hope. Kahaani proves that Bollywood is capable of making more than just “leave your brain at home” type masala films. If you haven’t watched this masterpiece yet, you are missing out on one of the most brilliant movies to be made this year.

This is where you stop reading, and book your movie tickets, because I am giving it 4.5 stars out of 5!



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