So I finally watched Kahaani. A quick review of what i liked and what I didn’t like about the movie.
1. Kolkata (yes I am biased). Sujoy Ghosh has effectively used the city as a character. We see Kolkata in Bengali movies all the time, but generally take its portrayal for granted, as a backdrop and not as a character. However, Kolkata in its darkness and its lights, its festivals and its soul have been woven into the screenplay of this movie so intricately, it is hard to dissect one out from the other. This movie was a visual treat for a Kolkatan that I am, and always will be.
2. Vidya Balan’s performance: Liked her. I am still not buying that she appeared before the camera without make-up . Clearly she didn’t. She gave a good performance, though.
3. Saswata Chattopadhyay as Bob Biswas. The most surprising element of the film for me, surely. Never thought I’d like one of his performances.
4. Pace: the movie has great pace and doesn’t slow down for one little bit. That, is no mean feat for Bollywood. Very impressed.
1. Major issue with the way motherhood has been used, as a whole. The last parallels drawn between Vidya Balan and Durga and the religious angle was obnoxious to digest. In fact Big B’s whole monologue was unnecessary. Completely, utterly, unnecessary. It’s a pity they did this, which quite soured my watching experience.
2. The rendition of “jodi tor daak sune keu na ashe” by Big B was once again, unnecessary and irritating. Is Bengali the new Punjabi of Bollywood? (God help us!) “AAMi SHSHSHow-ow-ow-TTi bowlchi”
3. IB is stupid enough not to check up on phone calls of a woman in search of a husband who resembles a major terrorist , AND who claims to have spoken to him everyday for two weeks recently (from traceable phone numbers), when the terrorist himself is a sought after, on the run fugitive. Um- Okay! (It happens only in India?)
4. Parambrata should try a new look. The school boy has suddenly morphed into a man with mustache . Not working, and this was the second time.
5. Hated the abrupt exit of Bob Biswas from the story. I would have dearly loved to see some character development there.
Overall rating :3 out of 5. Not bad at all as a thriller.