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Movie Review: Kahaani 2 (2016)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

Kahaani_2It’s early morning in West Bengal’s Chandan Nagar Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) is penning a diary she has started writing after eight years we are told. Vidya shares her moments with her physically challenged child Mini (Tunisha Sharma) on Sunday and next day in the morning Vidya is ditched by her alarm and she gets late for work. Mini’s caretaker a nurse has not arrived but Mini assures that she will be fine. Keeping the doors open and cursed by an outdated mobile phone that goes dead every now and then Vidya rushes to her work place. Sujoy rightly establishes the milieu of a middle class Bengali household and smoothly arranges the buildup. Mini goes missing and a phone call to Vidya makes her rush blindly on the streets resulting in getting knocked down by a speedy car. The injured Vidya goes into coma and hospitalized. Enters the suave and dapper sub inspector Inderjit Singh (Arjun Rampal) who gets access to Vidya’s diary which she just started writing a day earlier (first sign of things getting obvious) and finds out that Vidya had a life in Kalimpong as – Durga Rani Singh a clerk in a school who gets close to Mini (Naisha Khanna) as they share a shocking and disturbing secret (revealing will act as a spoiler), this ugly and heinous secret leads into troublesome situations for Durga as the ‘accused’ – Mini’s uncle (Jugal Hansraj) and sinister looking grandmother (Amba Sanyal) are after her.

Declared as a fugitive and wanted for kidnapping of Mini and a murder, Durga aka Vidya is a mystery for Inderjit. Is she a culprit or a victim?. So far so good. But this is the story till the first half. Arguably the most intriguing and brilliantly established first half seen in recent times even after those obvious predictable points.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Vidya Balan is on an auto pilot mode in this thrilling ride”
Hindustantimes
3.5 “KAHAANI 2: DURGA RANI SINGH comes across as a dark thriller that addresses a sensitive subject backed with fantastic performances.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 ” If you have an appetite for thrillers (albeit, with some flaws) give this one a try.”
Times Of India
3.5 “In the context of this film, terrific!”
Mid-Day
3.0 “Director Sujoy Ghosh crafts a sequence of events that involves and challenges its viewers.”
Filmcompanion
3.0 “Kahaani 2 is let down by predictability”
Rediff
3.0 ” Its understated style and riveting core make it well worth a watch.”
Movies NDTV
3.0 “Watch it for the acting powers of Vidya Balan and the suave Arjun Rampal.”
Glamsham
3.0 ” Vidya Balan shines in gritty tale of a tormented woman; Arjun Rampal impactful”
Indiatvnews
3.0 “Vidya Balan’s Captivating Act Makes This Story A Gripping Ride!”
Filmibeat
3.0 “A Spine-Chilling Fare”
Movietalkies
3.0 “Kahaani 2 is an intricately crafted film that becomes absolutely terrifying at times. It deserves a watch from fans of thriller movies.”
Koimoi
3.0 “Kahaani 2 is a good watch.”
Filmfare
Average Reviews
2.5 “Kahaani 2 has a rock solid performance from Vidya Balan.”
DNA India
2.5 “Kahaani 2 is definitely below expectations, and will only excite you if you’re a Vidya Balan fan.”
Deccan Chronicle
2.5 “Vidya Balan is the hero in this thriller”
Indiatoday
2.5 “Vidya Balan ditches layers of makeup to prove what a fab actor she is.”
Masala
Negative Reviews
2.0 “You come away from the film not hating it entirely, but not in love with it either.”
Nowrunning
2.0 “Vidya Balan’s performance is the saving grace of this predictable thriller”
Indianexpress

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