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Kahaani – Review

Mumbai, Mar 9 (): Kahaani is a complete female-centric movie and National award winner Vidya Balan has successfully made her new experiment in it. The movie is about a pregnant woman wandering in search of her husband.


4 / 5


Star Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Producer: Sujoy Ghosh, Kushal Gada
Music Director: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Cinematography: Setu


A London-based software engineer, Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) is a Tamilian married to a Bengali and visiting the City of Joy, not for jolly reasons, but to inquire the whereabouts of her missing husband. Vidya, a seven-month pregnant woman, arrives in Kolkata from London and soon realizes that he simply does not exist.

She has no clue and nothing to rely on in the festive city. With her sharp memories, she contacts several people to reach a dead end, but everyone tries to convince her that her husband does not exist.

Finding a partner in police sub-inspector Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay), Vidya lugs her heavily pregnant belly into the underbelly of Kolkata to pursue even a hint of a clue.

There is little that the cops can do since they are unable to trace any records of her husband in the guest house, office or even airport immigration.

Things take a drastic turn when Vidya learns that her husband had a lookalike and perhaps that could get him closer to her search. But, soon her personal quest turns into a political conspiracy.


Vidya Balan has once again taken all the responsibilities to run the show on her own. As a pregnant woman, she has delivered a very confidant act. Her body language is perfect in all her fury and grief.

Vidya has focused in each and every matter to display her character. She has tried to be a perfectionist as she has focused on how a pregnant woman walks along; she had also given her best on how a pregnant woman takes deep breaths.

Parambrata plays his gentle character with such tender affection that you begin to believe goodness is not an extinct commodity.

Nawazuddin Sidiqqui brings steely-sharp ruthlessness to his investigative officer`s role.

Vishal-Shekhar’s music is a major attraction in technical front. His music is completely in accordance with the story. The title track and Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Ekla Cholo Re’ are really mesmerising.

Namrata Rao dexterously edits the film, never letting the viewer stray for a second.

Cinematographer Setu captures the vibrant shades of the busy city of Kolkata with panache.

The dialogues are crisp and effective.

Sujoy Ghosh shows utmost sincerity in keeping the narrative clutter-free, sans any songs or side-tracks.


Kahaani’ is not an ordinary thrill-a-minute film, it`s a lot more. Vidya Balan’s stellar and fabulous performance and the wonderful screenplay make the film Kahaani, the best film.

Kahaani, undoubtedly, is Sujoy Ghosh’s most accomplished work till date.