Watching Kolkata on screen is always a real turn on but an entire story set on the back drop of the city is more than a visual treat for me. Now add a smart script and an ably handled execution and I feel we are talking about an unknown phenomenon in Hindi cinema. Honestly after a long time I have enjoyed a good Hindi film which concentrates on the tight screenplay rather than lingering on to the other unimportant aspects of masala ingredients of Indian cinema.
Now before going any more deep into it I have to confess upfront that Kahaani is all the way a Vidya balan film. She is undoubtedly the best Indian actress of present time and she grabs this author backed performance opportunity with both hands and does full justice to it. The supporting cast is enriched with talented Bengali actors and all of them are really good.
The story despite being heavily influenced from Taking Lives is well handled and the smart and tight screenplay keeps the interest alive till the suspense unfolds at the end. The direction by Sujoy Ghosh is more than competent.
Now despite all the good things there are a few minor glitches in the story that really annoyed me. Believe me Kolkata cannot be this dull during Durga Puja when the story is set. Besides the climax on Dashami it hardly looked like Puja time. Also the fact that our IB looked so dumb seemed a little far fledged, I admit that Indian intelligence bureau has a remarkable history of non intelligence failures but they can’t be this dumb. A bereaved woman finds a criminal with such ease whereas the agency entirely depends upon her for the job is shear unbelievable. Moreover the twist ending seemed little half backed. After a superb first half, the last few moments completely looses its tight grip on the story.
All in all after a long time our own Bollywood gives us a good thriller to enjoy. I liked this one and why not I don’t get to see Kolkata everyday on screen. I am going 7 out of 10 for Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, it is really a good example that even we can produce good cinema without being sleazy.