Kahaani is a crazy ride: from the fast pacing to the plot twists to the vibrantly shot scenes of Kolkata, you’ll be on the edge of your seat trying to wrap your head around this film.
Here’s no surprise: Vidya Balan is fantastic. She is a powerhouse and proof that a woman can carry a film on her own shoulders and make it work entirely. The best way to describe her – and her character, also named Vidya – is badass. The supporting cast is also stellar. Parambratta Chattopadhyay plays the sweet, half-in-love cop very well; your heart goes out to him. Nawazuddin Sidiqqui is powerful as the ruthless intelligence officer; this is a guy you should look out for. Saswatta Chatterjee, as the contracted killer, manages to be both creepy and funny at the same time. Cinematography is first class – Setu captures the soul of Kolkata, from the people to Durga pooja. Sujoy Ghosh’s direction, as alluded to before, is ace. Namrata Rao‘s editing is crisp, keeping your attention throughout.