Kahaani 2 just released this Friday and whether we admit it or not, it has us all curiously interested. Kahaani had left
Kahaani 2Just another suspense-thriller. Nothing special.
Kahaani 2 just released this Friday and whether we admit it or not, it has us all curiously interested. Kahaani had left a beautiful impact on the suspense-thriller genre of Indian cinema. We can still recall the bewildered look a pregnant Vidya Balan wore while roaming the confusing streets of Kolkata. Kahaani 2 however is not a continuation of its predecessor. It is a new film where neither the storyline or the characters of the first instalment hold any relevance. Kolkata is the only thing that has remained constant between the two films.
Vidya Balan plays Durga Rani Singh, a loving mother in the quest to provide for her handicapped daughter. She suddenly finds herself entangled in a kidnapping and a murder, or at least that is what the scriptwriter wants you to believe. So, was it as good as Kahaani? Will it have you at the edge of your seats? Was it absolutely unpredictable? Read on.
Tota Roy Chowdhury
Kahaani 2 follows the quiet life of Vidya Balan as she struggles to procure some form of medical treatment for her handicapped daughter. Her life is suddenly complicated by a kidnapping and a murder. Enter Arjun Rampal, playing the strapping police inspector who is assigned this particular case. As the film progresses, we are given more new information, and it is upto us to choose what we would like to believe. This of course is the premise. However, the film in itself is not as shadowy and twisted as we would like it to be. It’s just about alright. Nothing special.
It definitely doesn’t hold a flame to Kahaani, its predecessor; but it still is a moderately good suspense thriller. Don’t go in expecting to be amazed. There are no gasps and no unbelievable reveals. The one thing that gives away the plot is Arjun Rampals obvious acting and the other thing is the lack of a fierce menacing element in the film, which ordinarily traps our minds in fear.
Vidya Balan’s acting is on spot, even after what seems like a decade of a sabbatical, she manages to deliver a strong performance. The way she holds her character reminds us of the power that a female actor can have on screen without being glamorous or exaggerated. Her role is ordinary and yet gripping. Every spiteful dialogue she delivers has us feeling the hatred that her character does and her pleas to the police officers fall heavily on all our hearts. Vidya of course, proves yet again that she is a class apart.
Arjun Rampal plays the hands on, no- nonsense, stiff police officer. (As usual, since he is not pot-bellied or lazy, Bollywood dictates that he is the new police officer on the block, recently transferred to the area of action). Arjun Rampal’s acting though, is slightly undercooked. He is obvious in his role and some of his expressions and amateur takes manage to give a part of the plot away. We really did expect better.
The film is also not entirely bereft of clichés. All the ingredients of a Bollywood masala are there/ Right from the police chases to the unsuspecting road accident (apart from an item song in a roadside bar, we’re golden). The film is made on a low budget and it really does show. The loopholes are there. However, to the average audience, it doesn’t really matter as much. The cinematography, screenplay, story and direction are all just average. Vidya Balan’s acting is commendable and Arjun Rampal’s doesn’t hold much water.
If you are free this weekend and really must watch a film, you can go in to watch Kahaani 2 and have an enjoyable 2 and a half hours. Don’t expect something spectacular though. I give it 3/5.
You will like this film if: You believe that Wazir was the best suspense thriller of all time
You will dislike this film if: You only watch films with action sequences or dance clips
Best performance: Vidya Balan