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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
This has happened to me only a few times in my entire life that I went to watch a film that no one wrote a lot about, with zilch expectations but right from the first reel I was glued and struck by the awesomeness that a well made film can truly create. Kahaani is one of such films and interestingly stars Vidya Balan, who seems to have discovered a magic ability to find stories that not only work but create box office magic i.e. Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica and Dirty Picture. A true suspense movie with many twists and turns is a story about seven month pregnant Vidya Bagchi ( Vidya Balan) who arrives in Kolkata from London to look for her missing husband Arnab Bagchi ( Indraneil Sengupta). She reaches a dead end everywhere she looks as there is no absolute trace that her husband ever existed. The cops advise her to go back. However rookie sub-inspector Rana ( Parabrata Chattopadhyay) assist her in finding her husband. As the viewer gets sucked in this search with Vidya, you will also find the city of Kolkata riveting as I did. It serves as a great background and is beautifully photographed by Setu with an outstanding background score by Clinton Cerejo. The opening scenes are terrific and do not miss it, (I saw this film in a theater and I noticed that people entering the theater, after these scenes has passed. I wondered if they were able to figure out the entire film because these are crucial scenes) The second half is a little raw but the last 20 minutes are mind blowing and sensational as the ending is quite unexpected. The writing and the direction are extraordinary, Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala's, story and Suresh Nair and Nikhil Vyas , screenplay have done a fantastic job. Vidya Balan notches up yet another brilliant performance, her eyes have the right amount of intensity and vulnerability to deliver this difficult role. There are so many characters and some of them are herrings but all a crucial part of this film. Kahaani is a story that is well told and interesting and watching with a amazing script which delivers surprises and shocks. Mystery fans celebrate, after a hiatus a truly rocking film celebrates this genre. Five stars. 3/21/2012
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
Whilst the current trend in Bollywood consists of unimaginative remakes and no-brainer sequels, 'Kahaani' comes as a huge relief!

Not only is it a brave attempt in giving us a heavily pregnant lead heroine in the day and age of the obligatory Sheila's and Munni's, but it also manages to hook the audience with that 1 magical, key ingredient - SCRIPT!

This superbly written film packs in enough layers and twists to keep the audience involved.
It's compelling cinema, which displays glimmers of warmth one moment, jaw dropping revelations the next!

A kahaani this enjoyable, demands to be seen, to be experienced, as giving away any plot devices would be unforgivable.

Director Sujoy Ghosh deserves to be applauded for not compromising on his conviction by sparing us the compulsory item song or random special appearance by a `star' to draw in the crowds.

Instead, the film relies on its solid script, gripping narrative and arresting performance by the supremely talented Vidya Balan!

Although essentially a female centric film, it doesn't take away from the sharp performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Khan or the sensitive, thoughtful character, Rana, played by Parambrata Chatterjee.

The crisp cinematography and background score also work in giving this thriller that extra edge.

Another huge bonus is the haunting rendition of `Ekla Chalo Re' by Amitabh Bachchan, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

Strongly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
Where to start? I just finished watching this movie, and I'm still trying to put into words my experience. I mean forget about the brilliant directing, wonderful script, excellent choice of choosing Kolkata as not just a city but as a living entity; the mere presence of Vidya Balan is worth giving this movie a view. From the very beginning, this movie gets a hold of you in such a way that it gets very hard to pause the video any do anything else. Kolkata is portrayed as it should be - big, confusing, poverty ridden... rich, caring, colorful; the list goes on. The city is used a wonderful back drop to the actual story of helplessness, confusion, being lost, and sadness. *I am at the lack of words again.. Its very hard to put into a sentence(s) the genius that has been achieved here*. Again, the acting capabilities of Vidya Balan cannot be praised enough. We saw glimpses of it in Ishqiya, were treated with a full featured trailer in No One Killed Jessica, got a healthy serving in The Dirty Picture, but this movie is over flowing with evidence of that gift given to Balan. Not a dull moment when Balan's on screen. It is she and she alone that has pushed this film to #45 on the IMDB's list of Top 50 Thrillers (3 stops below Blade Runner). And the ending..... speechless.... You need to watch it yourself to believe it.

Over all, this movie has become one of my all time favorites. I will really be looking forward to more screen miracles from the director Sujoy Ghosh; Balan needs no mentioning, it goes without saying.

Btw, no matter what... I've definitely going to Kolkata the next time I go to India...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
As far as I know this version of the Blu Ray has a permanent watermark marring the picture from start to finish. Watermarks are not acceptable on a high quality product. They don't stop piracy and annoy the hell out of the paying customers who want to see the film and nothing else. This watermark business has to stop.
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on September 29, 2014
Great movie!! Not your regular Bollywood film. V. Balan's performance is outstanding. I watched this movie with my family (please note that we are Mexican so for them Bollywood is not that familiar) and we all enjoyed it very much. The movie has some twist in the story that keeps your attention all time. I definetely recommend this movie to all Amazon customers. Is a must watch!
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We first see Kahaani at an airport where she catches a cab. The driver is surprised that she wants to go directly to the police station instead of a hotel. She wants the police to help her find her husband, who left London and was never heard from again. One policeman takes pity on her and helps when he is off duty.

When she rents a derelict room, we watch it improve: it becomes cleaner, tidier, more livable. That cute little neighbor boy notices too. We see what a charmer Kahaani can be, every time someone is offended, she turns on the charm and immediately soothes hurt feelings.

As she and that policeman gather information, we get the sense that they are closing in on an answer, but we also realize that there is a larger mystery here. One of the men the police interview tells them that he himself did the training so he is positive that they will never find the mysterious villain.

We have at least three people to root for: the policeman, the woman looking for her husband, and that little boy.

I obtained my DVD from Amazon after watching a copy from the library and falling in love with it.
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on November 20, 2013
Um!! Fabulous. This movie was fantastic. Vidya did a great job carrying this film. The script was complete unpredictable. It is definitely worth watching.
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on October 28, 2013
Super who-done it with a surprise ending. Like it so much that we gave a copy to my Wife's boss who is from India. Again, Bollywood is getting better since "slum dog" as there is always a market for quality films.
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on October 24, 2013
I give it 5 stars based on the mystery it presented from beginning to the end. The end was indeed unexpected. The violence was somewhat brutal, but plotted, and the humor appreciated.
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on October 16, 2013
Best movie ever. Very well done. Intricate plot. Did not see ending coming. Great acting. Have watched 10 times and see something new each time.
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