Apr 18, 2012

Review: A good Kahaani [108/365]

source: bollywoodhungama
One of the better thriller movies to come out of Bollywood, Kahaani is a wonderful movie.
I managed to watch the movie with my girlfriend over the past weekend and I was very impressed with the pace and the storyline.

The story revolves around the efforts of a pregnant wife searching for her husband who has been missing for several weeks in the north eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

Vidya Balan is at her creative best here with her outbursts of emotion while still looking chic.
Parambrata Chatterjee, as the smart, young police inspector portrays the essence of a city that is warm and eager to help with ease.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, revels as the steely intelligence officer.  Saswata Chatterjee, plays Bob the cold blooded assassin with no heart with panache.


Considering a good amount of CGI has been used, the intro could have been spookier, but nonetheless it sets the tone for the movie. Nice touch.

The movie succeeds in capturing the essence of the city while still not appearing like a documentary on Kolkata. The warmth of the people through the movie is touching and realistic. The emotions well expressed.
Bob is definitely one of the stars of this movie

The movie manages to keep you intrigued with many different subplots woven together in a gripping story. Kahaani is a welcome relief for those fed up of the mundane.
I could see shades of Resident Evil, Swordfish and Salt in this movie though it could be purely because I've seen and loved those movies before Kahaani. Overall, the movie stands out with some amazing acting. The cinematography could have been polished a little more but nonetheless, this movie is definitely a wonderful example of what Bollywood is capable of.

Would I recommend this movie?
Definitely yes. And I'd also recommend that you watch this movie atleast twice. The first time for the intrigue and the second time to let the characters sink in.
Kahaani definitely has all the ingredients to be a cult in the league of Salt.

My Rating: 8

What does the ratings mean?
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theatre.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience
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