Kahaani 2 begins as a story of a woman Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan), who finds her paralyzed daughter suddenly missing from home and gets a threatening call from the kidnapper. On the other hand, the cops are looking for a person called Durga Rani Singh (Vidya Balan again) on the charges of kidnap and murder. What’s the ‘Kahaani’ behind Vidya Sinha and Durga Rani Singh. Is it an impersonation? What’s the identity behind these names? Does she find her daughter? Or does she have an ulterior motive? The answers are given but another question is raised after an answer and that’s what keeps the Kahaani 2 moving impeccably in the first half. The second half also starts on a fantastic note and continues for 15 minutes. It’s the last 30 minutes of the film that becomes a bit hasty, when compared to the finesse Sujoy showed till then.
The best part of the movie is it rides high on its predictability. There is a thin line between plot twist and unpredictability and Sujoy seems to know it very well. He makes you feel like he has humbly given you the Sherlock Holmes hat, and when we think that we have solved the puzzle, he winks and says, ‘Dude, Iam playing a different game altogether’. We then remove our hat and just keep ourselves glued to the proceedings.
No one could have pulled it as gracefully as Balan, especially the deglamorized avatar which gave a tremendous believability to the character. The next big role is Arjun Rampal. He was just OK. The movie would have reached a different level if there was an efficient actor for such an important role. The deadpan expressions were a big drawback to the movie. Jugal Hansraj finally lands in a role where he could finally show some talent. He was creep at his best. The old woman who plays Mrs Dewan was more than perfect. All the other supporting actors were phenomenal too. Durga’s love interest, Arjun Rampal’s wife and of course the child actors.
A special mention has to be made for the production design and the locations. They were extremely real and played a humongous role in believing in the story. Also, hatsoff to the Director for explaining the child abuse aspect in the story in way never seen before.
All in all, Sujoy proves once again as a master story-teller. Kahaani 2 has very few flaws but the rest is a nail-biting kickass thriller.