The story of Vidya Balan starrer suspense thriller Kahaani is based on the real life experiences of novelist Advaita Kala, who has penned the script for the film, which releases this Friday. The movie deals with a language barrier, the chaos and poverty of the metropolis during her brief stay in Kolkata. It also shows the warmth of the people of Kolkata shown to her.
Kahaani is all about a seven-month pregnant woman who comes alone to Kolkata from London in search of her husband. Quite similarly, Advaita too had landed in Kolkata from the US to work at the Oberoi Grand hotel here. She was retracing the footsteps of her then boyfriend who had worked at the same hotel a year ago.
In an interview to the PTI, Advaita Kala has revealed that Kahaani is based on her real life. "For me it was very romantic. I would want to go to bookstores he used to visit and walk on the streets where he used to go. In the film, I have emotionally drawn Vidya's character and her journey from these experiences," the PTI quotes her as saying.
The bestselling author of Almost Single added, "Those few months in 1999 were enough to be fascinated by Kolkata. It is a very powerful city and hits all your senses. Along with the worker's union culture and politics, it has beauty and poverty."
Meanwhile, Advaita Kala describes Kolkata as a great city, where one could stay alone. She says that people come and leave like the tide. Talking about the female lead, the author says that she always wanted The Dirty Picture star to play the lead.