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 mainstream Bollywood.
Let us see who would fit into the characters of Kahaani, if the movie is remade in Malayalam now....
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 missing husband.
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 role.
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 perfection.
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 in Malayalam.
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 Awards.
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.