Cast: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Rating: 2/5 stars
Another sequel meets the disappointing fate. Most of the films which don’t work lack in a storyline but Kahaani 2 has more storyline than you can imagine and that is exactly what’s wrong with it. Needless twists after twists, illogical plot and last minute predictable revelations in the film are beyond believable.
Vidya Singh (Vidya Balan) is living with her paralyzed daughter Mini in a small town of West Bengal. One day, Mini is kidnapped and in an attempt to search her, Vidya meets with an accident. She is hospitalized and here comes Sub Inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal), who is handling this case. Inderjeet finds a diary through which Vidya’s deep secrets are unfolded. He has to find out whether Vidya is really Vidya Sinha or a murderer and kidnapper Durga Rani Singh.
Thrill demands twists and suspense and honestly, Kahaani 2’s script has ample of it. But, these twists never stop. Everything was going well till the story of Durga Rani Singh and her genuine attempt to save a 6 yr old but then the writers took a whole liberty and overstuffed the story with all the thrill of the world they can think of, causing a distorted narrative. Police investigation was deliberately shown weak and sometimes, unnecessarily funny. I would have loved if the writers would have limited the story to only Vidya Balan and her daughter; nothing else. Rest of the aspects seemed artificially included and that’s why it felt unsatisfactory.
Another plot hole is the kidnapper and the mastermind. They were too dumb to plan and the conclusion to their angle was stupid after they have created so much havoc.
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Sujoy Ghosh fails to recreate the gripping tale he did in Kahaani. Being ambitious is a good thing but it won’t work if you try all at once. Why does Vidya Balan have to narrate everything about her past? I understand, it is written in a diary and initially, narration is a good idea but let the audience explore it through the cinema. It’s like a spoon-feeding situation wherein you can see everything on screen but still the narrator is describing the obvious.
The storytelling was ordinary and except the character treatment of Vidya Balan, rest of the roles were poorly developed. Arjun Rampal and his family aspect were stretched. And in all this storytelling, director doesn’t give any justification to Vidya’s innocence. This was not exactly an impossible context for Vidya to tell the reality of her and Mini to Bengal Police. I guess Sujoy was more interested in giving us a glamorous ending.
Kahaani 2’s screenplay is generic. Apart from ‘Jab tak main jinda hoon, tujhe kuch nahi hoga’ quote, rest of the conversations are ordinary and quickly forgettable.
Vidya Balan is known to choose strong script but it’s hard to understand why she chose this one. The only reason would be that it’s the part of Kahaani franchise. This is not one of her most memorable roles and majority of it is discredited to the script. She does carry two roles in a good way: one of a caring woman, a mother and second of a person who will do absolutely anything to save her daughter.
Arjun Rampal tries to give both serious and sometimes funny punches in the film. Serious is fine and he looks great in the role of an inspector but his transition into different situations such as Inspector and husband is not entirely impressive. He goofs up sometimes, especially as a husband and when he tries to be funny. Jugal Hansraj has only a minor time but I think he can do such roles pretty effectively.
Kahaani 2 is a serious disappointment. It has excessive and pointless twists which make the storyline unnatural. The film gets tangled in its own mess and Sujoy Ghosh’s direction is a big put off.