Cast: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansraj, Naisha Khanna, Amba Sanyal, Toto Roy Choudhary
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Producers: Sujoy Ghosh, Jayantilal Gada
Writers: Sujoy Ghosh, Ritesh Shah
What's Yay: Impressive performances, taut
screenplay, gripping first half
What's Nay: The predictable climax is a big
Popcorn Refill: Strictly interval
The Iconic Moment: The scene where Durga Rani
Singh discovers a shocking secret about the Deewan family, leading
to Mini finally spilling the beans.
Plot: Kahaani 2 opens with a night scene in
Chandan Nagar, West Bengal. Sujoy Ghosh wastes no time in giving us
a glimpse of the daily lives of Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) and her
paralysed daughter Mini which includes cleaning up the house and
playing Ludo on a typical Sunday.
Vidya is quite protective of Mini and wants to seek the best
treatment for her in New York. However, one fine day, their small
world turns upside down when Vidya returns home from office only to
discover that Mini is missing.
Minutes later, she receives a mysterious call and hurriedly
rushes out to reach the given address. Unfortunately, she meets
with an accident on her way which leaves her in coma.
Inspector Inderjit Singh (Arjun Rampal) takes up this case and
is shocked to recognize Vidya as Durga Rani Singh, a criminal
wanted for kidnapping and murder. His further investigations lead
him to Vidya/Durga's house where he stumbles upon a black diary
holding a dark past that could help him in connecting the dots and
take this story to its conclusion.
Direction: While the first Kahaani revolved
around a pregnant lady in search of her missing husband, Sujoy's
latest offering this time addresses a grave issue that's often
brushed under the carpet. What's applaud-worthy is that the
director handles the subject with sensitivity without resorting to
any gruesome visuals. Yes, the film does feed upon some typical
Bollywood staples but Sujoy with his neat story-telling leaves a
This time, Bob Biswas and his 'Namaskar..ek minute' is replaced
by a female harridan who brandishes her razor blade mouthing 'yeh
safe hai' before striking her victim.
Acting: Vidya Balan gives a solid performance
reminding you why she is one of the best performers in the
industry. Be it fear, angst, anxiety or sorrow, the actress gets
all her emotions spot on and shines in every frame. You so want to
see more of her!
Arjun Rampal holds his own identity and lends the story a whiff
of humour amidst the building tension at several junctures.
Jugal Hansraj is the surprise package here for one has never
seen him in this avatar before. (Sorry, no spoilers here!)
Naisha Khanna gives a superlative performance and her scenes
with Vidya are heart-touching.
Other Technical Aspects: Kahaani 2 has one of
the best first halves that keeps you glued to your seat with his
water-tight screenplay and gripping narrative. You just don't get a
moment to breath loose as you fear losing out some crucial
However, post interval things start getting predictable and the
guessing game comes to an end. The plot loses steam as you wait in
anticipation for a surprise twist in the tale. Sadly, that moment
never arrives and you are instead treated to a dull climax which
totally lacks a punch. To put it in other words, it feels like
being served some dal-chawal after a scrumptious plate of biryani!
Had Sujoy focussed more on these points of disappointment, Kahaani
2 would have outrun its predecessor!
Tapan Basu's cinematography captures West Bengal in a more
subtle way as compared to what Kahaani had to offer. There is no
Durga Pujo or colourful streets of Kolkata. Instead, Sujoy gives a
glimpse of the city that's far more rooted.
Namrata Rao's sharp editing makes the film more edgy and
Music: The film doesn't have any scoop for
songs and Kahaani 2 neither boosts of some memorable tracks. The
background music seams well with the narrative and adds more hues
to the mood.
Verdict: Watch Kahaani 2 for Sujoy Ghosh's finesse for extracting some power-packed performances and making them stand out in the film. If you are in mood for some thrills, then Durga Rani Singh's world is the right place for you to step in!