Monday, March 12

Movie Review: Kahaani


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Kahaani is an enthralling thriller about a pregnant woman who sets out from London on a mission to find her husband who went missing while working on an assignment in Kolkata, India, whereas people in india doubt her husband’s existence. So the ‘kahaani’ begins!

Without revealing the story any further, let me list down few things that stands out for this movie and makes it a ‘must watch’ movie for 2012.

Vidya Balan has proven her mettle once again after the grand success of ‘the Dirty Picture’ and now ‘kahaani’ that she’s ‘one-man-army’ who needs no support of leading actors to elevate her movies and has enough muscle to turn any movie into a blockbuster. Last I remember someone of this caliber who could do the same was Urmila Matondkar.

Vidya’s done it last year with ‘The Dirty Picture’ and she’s on a roll this year with ‘Kahaani’. It seems like there’s no looking back for her. Good going style diva, Indian audience wants to see more of you onstage this year in various award ceremonies and functions.

Review: if you are someone who loved reading Sidney Sheldon or Jeffery Archer’s novels, it’s a must watch for you. The gripping story keeps you awestruck, captivated on the edge of your seat every second for nearly 2.5 hours as every scene opens up to a new question and leaves viewer guessing as to what happens next.

I loved the way the movie took off. There’s a giant mice looking at you in the very first scene of the movie, something very different from the usual start we get to see in bollywood movies. The first half of the movie is contributed by the story and the direction whereas the second half is completely dominated by Vidya Balan.

The movie is shot completely in Kolkata depicting the daily lives of kolkaites from dawn to dusk highlighting how their life evolves everyday in the capital during the festive season of Durga Puja. Some of the best shots of the Hoogly River and Howrah Bridge were shown in the movie.

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It took the makers of ‘Jhankar Beats’ nearly a decade to taste success and punch it in air. Awesome story, screenplay and direction (Sujoy Ghosh) with Vidya balan’s protagonist acting tadka, gives this movie an edge in the race of best movies for 2012.

The supporting cast played by Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saswata Chatterjee did a marvelous role in making this movie a masterpiece.

Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of Tagore’s poem is one of his best narrations of recent times.

The movie is worth watching onscreen. It will blow away your imagination and keeps surprising the viewers every scene every second.

One movie that left me completely spellbound.

My rating for the movie 4/5.

60 comments:

  1. awesome review Rahul..i too loved the film very much..saw such a fantastic suspense thriller after a long time..

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    1. thank you Poonam for liking the review.

      i agree with you, its been long since we last saw such a good thriller !

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  2. Nice review -- I hope this movie exceeds my expectations coz it's been a while since I've watched any great movie.

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    1. hey Kiran,

      i bet this movie will definitely exceed your expectations for sure !

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  3. Excellent review. And sounds like it is a great movie to watch. Will surely check it out. :)

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    1. make it fast buddy before a new flick takes over Kahaani !

      do not miss this and if get time do write back your experience about this masterpiece!

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  4. Looks like a terrific movie. Your review raises the expectations of this movie. Will watch it soon.

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    1. go watch the movie Arun, you'll love it !

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  5. Thanks for the review, Rahul. Have been reading very good reviews for this film. Sujoy has been struggling to make something worth remembering after the disasters of ALadin and Home Delivery.

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    1. i agree with you Sub, Sujoy had to struggle a lot last couple of years but i guess he's back with a bang this time in Kahaani...

      you must watch this movie ASAP, you'll like it for sure..

      regards
      rahul

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  6. Awesome review bro... you tempted me to watch this film :D

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    1. go and watch this movie bro and tell me later whether you liked it or not ?

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  7. so the kahani begins
    nice review

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  8. Nice review. The movie was really awesome.

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  9. I loved the movie too :) Managed to see it on the big screen in Jo'burg! Good review without giving away the story that most reviews do :)

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    1. did you watch it in Monte Casino...joburg memories still in my heart!!!

      thanks for liking the review Divya...the movie rocks!

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  10. though i am not a movie buff , but after going throug your review am sure gona watc it.

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    1. glad to know that my review about the movie tempted you to watch this movie...

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  11. I love Jeff and Sidney so I will surely love this movie. Thanks for the review...:)

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    1. even am a big fan of jeff and sidney and i like dan brown novels as well...

      you must go and watch this Saru..

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  12. This is the fourth review i have read since yesterday on the movie and everyone has some lovely words to say about this .. GOT to watch it

    Bikram's

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    1. watching this movie in London on a big screen will be a memorable experience for sure Veer ji..

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    2. No its not that great as the hall is never full maximum 15-20 people at one time :) ...

      Tagged you Bai ji :)

      http://mannbikram.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/tag-the-eleven-questions-became-33-for-me/

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    3. oh i thought its the other way around like in South Africa. people will enter hall to watch a movie only to know later that it was just the name of the movie that was in English and rest all is typical Indian Bollywood flick to their surprise..lol

      :P

      hey thanks for the tag Veer ji.. i am in love with this tagging going all around :P

      btw, am not sure if its only me whose facing issues in posting comments on wordpress blogs (like yours for example) with my gmail id and blog url. everytime i try it throws an error stating you must login with your userid and password. but i never created one on WP till date ! so how should i post a comment to wordpress blogs without having WP account?

      need to figure this out ASAP!!!

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    4. YEah a lot of people are having this problem , I think its WP that has done something silly .. Just try a bogus email ID and see if that works ..

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  13. Nice Review, I was in love with the movie last Thursday itself.But I don't think Amitabh did justice to the Tagore song, his pronunciations were poor and pathetic and leaves the Bengali known audience wondering, why did Sujoy Ghosh even try to rope Amitabh in for that song!

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    1. thank you Arnab for liking the review...and somehow i managed to bring you on my blog with a comment from you...am honored :P

      i thought Amitabh did superb with that rendition but you must be knowing better about bengali poetry and the way its recited...so i support you on this...

      regards
      rahul

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  14. I have yet to see the film but aided by some very positive reviews - including yours - I know I will! You're right: Vidya is a great actor and Bachchan's rendition of Gurudev's song is lilting. Plus, how many times does one see a film set in Calcutta with a mostly Bengali cast?

    Cheers for a great post!

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    1. thanks for liking the review Ma'm..

      and yes i agree with you, we've seen movies shot in Mumbai about Mumbai, we've seen movies shot in Punjab but now its turn for Bengal to rise and make it large !

      you must go and watch this as soon as you can..its a masterpiece!

      regards
      rahul

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  15. You've been awarded - http://jojofeelings.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/3-reasons-to-celebrate/

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    1. thank you jhanvi but what about this review here...you din't say anything :-(

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  16. nice post dude.... liked the movie and your take on it. good going..

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    1. thank you Veere...for liking the post !

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  17. Lovely review Rahul! I have already seen the movie and loved it but had i not, i would surely go watch it after reading your review!

    My world, my thoughts, my musings...

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    1. i agree with you Upasana..if i was in your place i would do the same :-)

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  18. true, this was a good movie. worth the watch in a theatre
    and good review of it Rahul, you covered a lot of things

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    1. thank you Ma'm for liking the review

      regards
      rahul

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  19. I have purposefully not read the review as am planning to watch d movie this weekend.... will comment post that!

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    1. alright so i'll wait for you to watch the movie and then reply to my post :D

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  20. I am tempted to watch a hindi movie in theater after a long time! Thanks to your review :)

    Destination Infinity

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    1. oh you must watch this movie DI. you'll love it!

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  21. I was planning to watch this movie! Now will definitely do! Thank you, Rahul!

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    1. do tell me how was it, after you watch it.

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  22. The movie could have been epic but for the last WTF scene! It left me cold.

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    1. oooops, i wasn't expecting that !

      i thought the end was perfect for the story.

      how do you think Ma'm the end should have been if not what it was shown?

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  23. wow..what an amazing review Rahul!! I'm really tempted to watch this movie!!

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    1. thanks Teena,

      do tell me how was the experience after watching kahaani!

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  24. hey rahul bhaiya ur review tempted me to watch dis movie..

    apart from all movie characters....
    we should thanks to Mr. Setu....the photography director of "Kahaani"....
    he've actually shown us that we r living in one of best photographic places in India.....in love wid all his shots...from victoria to kumortuli...kalighat metro to Maddoxc Squar.. durga pooja..his lense just made us crazy...kolkata is really really awsum.!!!!...♥

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    1. thanks for liking the review :-)

      yes well said, this would not have been a masterpiece without Mr. Setu's photography..he did a fine work in showcasing Kolkata through his camera !

      regards
      rahul

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  25. I loved the movie Rahul. Generally I do not enjoy thrillers, find them too stressful (you can laugh, my family does so openly, I generally watch thrillers with one eye, so that in case they show something gruesome or scary I can quickly close the other....*sigh*)Anyways went to watch it on a cold London evening just for Vidya Balan...I adore her and that adoration in increasing with every movie of hers...she is one Indian actor in recent date who has dared to go against the tide and do all kinds of different things on-screen. We need more of her work and also others following her path. Maybe this will bring about the end of three act heroines where they initially fight with the hero, then dance with the same hero in Swiss Alps and in the last scene wear a white sari and cry prettily and then hug the hero. Am I being too optimistic? Frankly I am tired of dumb divas.
    Anyways to get back to the movie, being a Kolkatan, I can say that the way they showed the city is completely true to life. There is no dressing up or down and they have captured Bengalis also very well--a little curious, not to optimistic, little lazy, yet gentle and kind....
    The suspense was very tight and eventually all our guesses were wrong! Excellent cinematography, editing, storytelling, frankly did not hear the music much was so engrossed...
    I am so glad that the movie has been declared a hit!

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    1. woaah...that was the biggest comment i ever received for any of my blog :D

      thanks Suchi !

      and yes your take on the movie gives more meaning to my review!

      thanks for dropping by.

      rahul

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  26. What a wonderful review, crisp and to the point. I was in two minds on watching Kahaani but now after reading your ratings, I think I better stop thinking and get down to booking! Thanks for this post.

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    1. thanks for liking the review..i hope you like the movie else think you never visited this page :P

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  27. great review.. ur absolutely right.. loved the movie

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  28. Though I have outgrown jeffrey Archer and Sydney sheldon, I loved the movie:) and you have written a good review.I have also lived near calcutta, so this movie made me feel so nostalgic.

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    1. thanks for liking the review Renu .. i have commented on the review post you wrote about the movie !

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