Movie Review: Kahaani 2 (2016)
It’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 Keeping the doors open and cursed by an outdated mobile phone that goes dead every now and then Vidya rushes to her work place.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.