Movie review – Kahaani

This movie will remain etched in my wife’s memory for life, because most of the movie was shot near her house in Kolkata. Coming to the best part – ‘Monalisa guest house’, where the protagonist (Vidya) stayed, is the same place where I stayed during aashirwad ceremony a few years back. I hear that the guesthouse has now become so popular that it attracts as many visitors as ‘THE TAJ MAHAL’.

Coming to the review, first let’s talk about the story part. Very few movies are made these days with main ingredient as story. The last one which i remember was back in 2010 – Udaan (review here).  The story writers, Sujoy Ghosh (of Jhankar beats and Home delivery fame) & Advaita kala,  have raised the bar of story writing, as high as the tallest building in the world, Burj Kafila.

I am so delighted to see the experimentation with the story structure. The structure resembles the great M. Night Shyamalan’s movie ‘The sixth sense’. Am sure we will see more movies in the near future on the same story structure.


Vidya needs to be careful with her next movie, because with two consecutive hits, the audience will now expect the same level as they expect from Aamir Khan.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who played the character of the Intelligence Bureau cop – A Khan, will get the best new comer supporting role award. Yes, with solid voice and  flawless acting, he did a perfect justice to the role. Not a typical Bollywood hero material, but neither is Irrfan (who is now being consider the finest actors that Bollywood has ever produced). Oh did I mention that Nawazuddin has also played a role in another super hit movie – Paan Singh Tomar.

Sujoy Ghosh did a great job of characterization by picking up actors from Bengali cinema to add the authentic touch to the plot. Bob Biswas ( Saswata Chatterjee) & Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee) deserves a special mention here.

Plot, screenplay and direction:

With backdrop of Durga puja, the plot and screenplay acutely resonates with whole of the Bong community and every single person who have ever visited Kolkata during Pujas.

Absolutely marvelous. Good job Setu.

Am sure with the kind of story line, Sujoy’s job as a director would have been a cake walk.

Some people have argued that the climax of the movie is lifted from the climax of Angelina Jolie’s “Taking Lives”. I beg to differ.

Guess what Sujoy has partly written the story, partly written the screen play, partly financed it and completely directed the movie. So ladies and gentleman please rise up and let’s give him a big round of applause.

Just to clarify, why the director’s job would have been a cake walk. It’s because he would have crystallized the film so well on paper while writing the story and screenplay before even touching the camera. Software programmers, did you hear that?

If you design it well, your coding becomes easy.

Music directors, Vishal and Shekhar, too had an easy job simply because there are no songs in the movie. But hey, there background score throughout the movie is remarkable.

This thriller, an original one, is going to be one of the best movies of the decade.  I can see that it will be remade (is there such a word?) in many different languages.

Coming to my favorite role of a critique. There is a famous quote

Doctors are the worst patients.

Being the storyteller myself, I spotted the two (minor) technical flaws in the story.

(If you’ve not seen the movie yet, please don’t read any further)

a) Vidya’s picture was with NDC and police, so there was no point showing that police cannot reach her.

b) A Khan’s subplot of framing Vidya was not very convincing. The fact that he just communicates the critical information about the investigation to only person (his boss) which should have provided him the clue about who is the culprit. Hence the killing of Dr. Ganguli was just a waste.

Anyways, these are very minor ones which could safely be ignored.

My dear reader, I would recommend you to watch this one on priority basis.

It deserves a well 4.5/5

Thank you for your time and attention.

Your comments validate that I am not wasting my time writing blogs (instead of writing software code), so please comment.

12 thoughts on “Movie review – Kahaani

  1. This was my first hindi movie since ‘3 idiots’ and it was well worth the wait. The movie was shot beautifully, the acting was superb and the background score was perfect. The plot had some gaping holes and you’ve picked up on a couple of them. But somehow that didn’t ruin the movie for me. I would highly recommend it.

  2. Hi Mukesh

    This is a good review who invinting people to watch this good movie :)
    And thank you for the compliment on my blog

  3. I have spent my childhood in Lake Terrace (where Mona Lisa is situated)…Who would imagine this structure to become a popular destination..Anyways as far as the movie is concerned Kahaani is a delicious thriller which transcends beyond the ratings, points, reviews and has a place of its own which was left unexplored for ages….

  4. I think you should watch first “Taking lives” starring anglina jolie
    Then you ‘ll feel to write again one more review
    and re- review this one also

  5. Fair review. I have seen “Taking Lives” – writer may have been influenced by it…nothing more.
    Jolie is all but an actress …please !!
    The coming of the PVR movie genre (smaller budget) is starting to give us better movies.
    The mainstream Bollywood has honestly gone astray.
    Cheers !!

  6. Could you suggest good Hindi/Bengali movies to watch?
    I have seen “3 Idiots” and “Udaan”.

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