Kahaani, the 2012-released Vidya Balan starrer was one of the path-breaking films of Bollywood. The mystery thriller film, which was written, directed, and co-produced by Sujoy Gosh, had Vidya in the role of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant software engineer.
Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
essayed the other key roles in the movie, which was majorly shot in
Kolkata city. Kahaani was a major critical and commercial
success, played a huge part in affirming Vidya Balan's place in
Let us see who would fit into the characters of
Kahaani, if the movie is remade in Malayalam
Manju Warrier as Vidya
Manju Warrier is the only choice from the current slot of
Mollywood to play the role of Vidya, played by Vidya Balan in the
original. Manju can surely do justice to the character of the
pregnant software engineer, who comes to the city in search of her
Kunchacko Boban as Satyaki aka Rana
The role of Satyaki aka Rana, the soft-spoken, kind-hearted
police officer who helps Vidya in her mission, is
tailor-made for Kunchacko Boban. If Kahaani is ever
remade in Malayalam, Chackochan will be the best choice for the
Anoop Menon as Arnab aka Milan
The most unconvention choice for the role of Arban aka Milan,
the 'husband' of Vidya. Anoop Menon is an actor with exceptional
talent, and can surely play the man with two faces, to near
Chemban Vinod Jose as A Khan
Chemban Vinod will be a good choice for the role of A Khan, the
IB office who investigates the poison-gas attack case and tries to
prevent Vidya from searching for her husband. The role was played
by Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the original.
Soubin Shahir as Bob, the contract killer
Soubin Shahir is one of the most under-rated acting talents of
contemporary Malayalam cinema. The actor will be the best choice
for the role of Bob, the contract killer who disguises himself as
an insurance agent and tries to kill Vidya.
Renji Panicker as IB Chief Bhaskaran
Renji Panicker is an actor who can play both the positive and
negative roles with equal perfection. He will be a good choice for
the role of IB chief Bhaskaran, the corrupted officer who plays a
major role in the poison-gas attack, if Kahaani is remade
Biju Menon as Arup
The role of Arup, the IB officer who gets killed in the
poison-gas attack, and finally revealed to be Vidya's real husband,
is small yet an important one. We feel that Biju Menon will be the
perfect choice for the role, in the Malayalam version.
Interestingly, Vidya Balan was the first and only choice for the
role of Vidya Bagchi in the movie. But, when writer-director Sujoy
approached her for the project, Balan turned down the offer citing
that she is unimpressed with the plot.
But, she changed her opinion after reading the screenplay and
agreed to do the project. The role of A Khan was the first
prominent role in the career of talented actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui,
who was earlier playing minor roles in Bollywood films.
Kahaani bagged five trophies at the 58th Filmfare
Awards, including the Best Actress for Vidya and Best Director for
Sujoy Gosh. The movie also bagged the award for Best Screenplay
(Original) and Best Editing at the 60th National Film
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was honoured by the National Award jury with a Special Jury award for his performance. Kahaani was later remade in Tamil and Telugu under the title Anamika, with Nayantara in the lead role.