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STARRING: Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal
DIRECTOR: Sujoy Ghosh
I have questions. Many, many questions.
Why would a kidnapping case be suddenly reported after eight long years? Why would an uncle report that case when he himself wants to settle a score with the kidnapper? Why would they forcefully insert a love story when there was no need? And, most importantly, why would anyone cast Arjun Rampal as a cop? It’s like Fendi just walked into Fab India. Though Arjun is extremely earnest, alas his character is hardly fleshed out.
Kahaani 2 starts on a very promising note. It’s pacy, gripping and engaging. The flashback in the first half deals with child abuse and is written and enacted so well that you genuinely root for the leading lady and her brave ways. You are emotionally invested in the little child’s story. There are no disturbing visuals in the movie yet the danger looms large. And it breaks for the interval, just at the right time. You go and fetch yourself that big bucket of popcorn (damn those 35 dirhams) anticipating an edge-of-the-seat, bite-your-nails kind of a climax.
Alas, it’s a bummer. Surprisingly the film resorts to such Hindi film clichés that I found myself Googling to check who really the director of the movie was: Sujoy Ghosh or Rohit Shetty.
Sample this: The leading lady is in coma. The villain wants to kill her. So kill her. No, there is full, ‘I will spare you now, will later give you a painful death’ bull crap that happens for no rhyme or reason. At this point, I wanted to become Bob Biswas from Kahaani, look at the writer and say, “Nomoshkaar…ek minute…BANG!” Oh how much I missed Bob and his menace!!
Then our leading lady wakes up from coma, her wounds are fresh, her stitches still intact. A normal person in that condition won’t be able to move a muscle. Our dearest Durga pulls out the drip and bandages and marches out to save her daughter. Wait, is she Vidya Sinha of Kahaani 2 or Sunny Deol of Ghayal?
It’s this improbability that makes you lose interest in the film. I mean we all know, she will bleed, she will sweat, she will run, she will fight, she will outshine the professionals and the police…short of standing on two bikes like Ajay Devgn, she will do everything and come out unscathed and we will have to believe it. Yawn!
Even the surprise at the climax is so underwhelming that the Sherlock Holmes in you has already cracked it much before it’s shown. Sadly, the climax is also devoid of any logic. Some people are caught in a house on fire. No one cares to check. It’s assumed they are dead. No dead bodies recovered, no postmortem, nothing. Everyone shakes head, ‘Oh ho, they are dead!?!? Come, let’s go back home and watch a film on Netflix.’ I mean your uniform suggests you are the Army, the Police. Your actions reveal you are some extras in an Ekta Kapoor show.
Vidya Balan ditches layers of makeup to prove what a fab actor she is. Anyway the equation in Hindi films is simple: no makeup makes it meaningful cinema. I don’t have any problem with that. In fact, it’s heartwarming to see such simple women as desirable in the movie…but what’s the point, bro? Vidya is a fine actor, no doubt, but she doesn’t surprise us with anything extraordinary.
I really wanted to like this film. But sorry, it left me a bit underwhelmed!!
THE RATINGS MEAN:
5 stars: Loved it. (This could make to top ten movies you must watch before you die!)
4 stars: Liked it. Recommend it. (This will help you sound intellectual and give you stuff to add at water cooler conversations.)
3 stars: Didn’t hurt. Watch it once.
2 stars: It put me to sleep. Watch it if you are an insomniac or a newly wedded couple. Winks!
1 star: Do I even need to explain this?