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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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Paan Singh Tomar may not be a mainstream film, but it has more potential than any of the big commercial films which have released so far this year. 

     Directed and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Paan Singh Tomar is a balanced film, with just the right amount of comedy, tragedy and revenge. Paan Singh Tomar is a story of an athlete (Irrfan Khan) who represents India in the International Military Games and wins a gold medal in the steeplechase. Later, he is forced to give up athletics in order to look after his family and farm – which has been illegally taken over by one his relatives, Bhawar Singh. After a turn of events, Paan Singh leaves his family behind and there begins his life as a dacoit. He forms his own gang of dacoits and together they plan kidnappings, extortion, and murders. 

     Irrfan Khan who plays Paan Singh Tomar brings the right attitude to the role. There is sarcasm as well as confidence in the way he delivers. The audience will get to see a different side of Irrfan Khan in this film where he brilliantly portrays a subedaar, a son, a husband, an athlete, and finally a fugitive dacoit who is feared by many. Mahie Gill who plays his wife also delivers flawlessly. The dialect and the language in the dialogues comes out quite effortlessly, and it almost seems like the actors have been speaking the dialect for years. 

     The cinematography is very well done and truly captures the essence of a place like Chambal with deep ravines, cliffs, and rivers. The music by Abhishek Ray is subtle and at no point does it overpower the performances, or the plot. The track “Kero Mama” which has been powerfully rendered by Agnee’s vocalist Mohan, is definitely something to look forward to. 

     The direction, acting, script, music and cinematography is what binds the film together, and it is a perfect example of the fact that Bollywood is truly capable of making meaningful and hard-hitting films. It does not take bare bodies, item songs and cheesy comedy to make a successful film. What it takes is a good script, and acting skills that set the bar high.