Very occasionally you watch a Bollywood thriller film that manages to outsmart you, engages you, makes you hate the interval point and then packs in a message towards the very end, that too with a sledgehammer thud… Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaaniis all that and more!
Thanks to the huge success of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar, some credit is being given not just to the actor of a film, but to its writing, an aspect that is usually ignored. Director Sujoy Ghosh’s latest film Kahaani is a step in the right direction for Bollywood, as far as intelligent writing is concerned, at least. Perhaps Kahaani would have been an also-ran without the acting genius of Vidya Balan, but with her, the film is a delight to watch, because of the surprises it throws at you and by the power-packed performances by its cast in entirety.
Worth watching are Parambrata Chatterjee (the cop who helps Mrs Bagchi) and Nawazuddin Siddiqui (the super-cop in charge of the entire case), who take the story to a level best experienced on the big screen. Music composer-duo Vishal-Shekhar add to Kahaani with an exciting score and the Ekla chalo re song (though featured only briefly) incites a serious attack of goosebumps!
All said, watch Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani to see facts blend into fiction, myths merge with realities and an unsung side of Bollywood that is waiting to burst into the domain of mainstream ‘masala’ fare. To borrow the film’s tagline, Kahaani is a mother of a story and the lead protagonist is the ‘baap’ of all…