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Kahaani (2012) Movie Review (Vidya Balan)

Kahaani  Rating:  3.71/5

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Kahaani Movie Review


Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive(CNN IBN)
In the end, Kahaani feels longer than its 115 minutes running time, partly because there is no escape from its gritty tone. Yet the suspense remains consistently tight, and the story well-executed. A word also for the haunting background score that only adds to the mood of the film. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for director Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani. The film delivers on its promise, and keeps you guessing until the end. It’s a delicious thriller – don’t miss it.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
KAHAANI is a captivating recount from its commencement to conclusion.On the whole, KAHAANI works big time because Vidya Balan makes it come alive. It is several notches above the stuff we've been subjected to in the past. The movie triumphs in evoking emotions. You experience compassion, resentment, defenselessness and triumph at a variety of stages. A wonderful movie-going experience, you come out feeling a sense of pride, pleasure and fulfillment after having watched KAHAANI. Just do not miss it. Hugely recommended!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India
In Kahaani Vidya Balan takes on her role with power and pride. Living out of a suitcase, amongst strangers, she takes on the soul of the city. Her performance leaves you in awe of an actress, who walks through her role as easily as a stroll down Chowranghee Lane. And even that is perfected as a pregnant waddle, add to it her disheveled look and eyes dark with anguish. Sujoy Ghosh's script and direction show no 'pregnant' pauses. It slams home a shock value that a thriller rightly demands. The story totally grips you and leaves you at a dramatic high. This one is Vidya's 'baby'. Ami shotti bolchi!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
very few films belonging to this genre are able to fit the right piece in the right place. And that's what makes Sujoy Ghosh's accomplishment in Kahaani worth all the applause that comes its way.He builds anticipation and tension without relying too much on the age-old ploy of red herrings or an overwhelming background score. It's as though he wants his viewer to follow the cues, solve the conundrum on a personal level and entertain every conceivable theory/ wild suggestion that pops in the head. Gratifying, if you nail it and astounding even when you don't. Either way his refreshing approach is appreciative of his viewer's intellect and enthusiasm.Sly, gripping and taut, Kahaani is much too enjoyable to find flaws. This is, without doubt, Sujoy Ghosh's best work so far. Go watch it.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Subhash K Jha Site:NDTV
"Kahaani" is one of those rare films that can easily lay claim to being a game-changer. And yet the narrative makes no claims. The destiny of the protagonist is charted in a breathless sweep of urgently persuasive episodes that tumble out as though God wrote Vidya Bagchi's screenplay. Enthralling, absorbing and engaging the narrative never resorts to italicized emotions to get our attention. We are hooked unconditionally from scene one. We surrender to Vidya's journey. She gives us no choice
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Kunal Guha Site:Yahoo
The suspense in Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani’ may not be nail-chewing-worthy but he succeeds in getting Kolkata to perform at its peak and look like it’s on a wire between vintage and decrepit. The overall attitude of the city and the city’s voice is consistent in the story and the characters too. But forcing the goddess Durga metaphor in the end seems less like a tribute and more like ticking every Bengali stereotype imaginable to suggest the shooting location.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Reviewer:Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham
KAHAANI is a thriller which you just cannot miss. Sujoy Ghosh goes about unraveling the mystery of Vidya Bagchi's (Vidya Balan) missing husband with such neat detailing that the trump card he reveals in the end is like a swift blow to the Solar Plexus. It catches you unawares and leaves you short of breath. Stupendous. Take a bow, Sujoy Ghosh. Book your ticket, and brace yourself for an unforgettable ride. I'm going to watch it again.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:HindustanTimes
Kahaani is a nifty thriller with an enjoyment quotient that is indirectly proportionate to how long you spend thinking about the plot. If you back-track and try to connect all the dots, the implausibility of the story amplifies – there’s even a piecing-together-the puzzle moment that echoes The Usual Suspects but this riddle isn’t a patch on the intricate web of lies in the Bryan Singer film. However, if you’re willing to think less, there is some fun to be had here. Balan, quite effortlessly, manages to be both vulnerable and resilient. So despite the loopholes, Kahaani fulfills what it sets out to do and keeps you hooked and guessing. Which in itself is no small accomplishment.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Deccan Chronicle
Despite laughable flaws in the writing, the outcome invites the forgiveness factor from the viewer. You’re willing to ignore its lapses because it is made with heart and even while telling something of a garbled plot, works in a strong sub-text. All said and riveted, though, it is Vidya Balan whose performance holds the Kahaani together. You want to see it again just for her. Go for it.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha GuhaSite:DNA
It’s hard to believe that a filmmaker who made such drivel as Aladin can bounce back with a gem like Kahaani. It shows that when everything falls in place for a film — story, writing, acting, editing, cinematography, etc — things can’t go wrong. Kahaani is one such film; everything’s right about it. But it still needs a director — in this case, Ghosh — to make sure every last building block falls in place. And he makes sure it does.Watch Kahaani. Period.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Mrigank DhaniwalaSite:Koimoi
What’s Good: The engaging suspense drama; the performances.What’s Bad: The narrative style which will appeal mostly to the class audience.Verdict: Kahaani is an engaging and entertaining movie.Loo break: None.Watch or Not?: Watch it because it’s an intelligent thriller told in a novel way.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress
Ghosh, who gave us a couple of trashy films after his sparkling debut, ‘Jhankaar Beats’, is back with a story with a strong sense of place and character. He loses his grip a little in the second-half, but this `kahaani’, overall, has enough for a sit-down-and-watch.
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44 comments:

  1. Guess what Taran Adarsh gives 4 stars again////

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  2. @administrator Do add Anupama Chopra's Review.. She is the best, I think even better than Masand .. She has even worked With Roger Ebert(THE BEST REVIEWER WORLDWIDE OF 'CHICAGO SUN TIMES').... She posts her reviews on her website WWW.ANUPAMACHOPRA.COM .

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  3. @admin agree with the previous post... you should add Anupama Chopra's Reviews...

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  4. kahaani is such a fcuked up movie. its like a nightmare. i want my money back !!

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  5. I watched the Movie yesterday...great movie..i fully agree with Taran....

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  6. I watched it yesterday...a great movie...a must watch for every body...

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  7. Vidya Balan Rocks seriously always a different kind of movie for her

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  8. Very good movie. A true suspense thriller! A good gripping family movie after a long time. Vidya, we love you...you rock!!!

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  9. All guys are stupid and mindless.bina movie dekhe hi cmt dena chalu kar diya.fool kahi ke.

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  10. Awesome Movie this is..Watched it yesterday
    Ashwini Damani
    http://goldensilt.blogspot.com

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  11. Ami shotti bolchi . Gud movie must watch

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  12. now.... thats a competition to TALAASH.... which also looks like from the same genere

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  13. GREAT MOVIE..VIDYA..I MEAN BIDYA ROCKSS...SHE IS THE FEMALE "SUPERSTAR" OF BOLLYWOOD..

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  14. Another awesome movie of Vidya Balan :)

    The movie makes audience wonder whats going on but as the story goes ahead and the mystery starts unfolding,the excitement reaches to higher level.Vidya balan's sharp acting skills can really drive you crazy and make you watch the movie with more curiously.

    Have a look at this review you will know what is "Kahaani" all about.According to me its Simply an appealing suspense thriller one should Go and watch it :) a movie worth a penny !

    http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/kahaani-movie-review-baap-of-a-thriller/

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  15. another awards winning movie for vidya balan.....

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  16. one more avatar of vidya balan in Kahaani...

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  17. Nice movie.thats quality of cinema.good work sujoy and vidya.

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  18. After ages.... here is a movie that lives with you after you have left the movie hall.... amazing acting, direction and cinematography....

    Vidya Balan has surprised yet again with a v different and great performance....

    N d contract killer is both funny and scary....

    Its a must watch film....

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  19. superb thriller....kolkata is indeed part of d movie...fantastic ,must watch

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  20. The file “Kahaani ” is incredible. Something which is beyond the extent to be chained in words. It has such an immense power that it ties the audience to the edge of the seat with its immensely intricate story and fabulous and power packed performance of Vidya. All other protagonist too have delivered stupendously beautiful performance. Vidya gives one thing to audience, each time she come in the frame: goose bumps. Its absolutely a must watch and not a one-time watch. From the story, acting, its music and the song: “ekla cholo re” by Amitabh Bachchan will just sway you off your mind. Sometime the fast and multi-layered music, the drum beats off puja time will make you forget everything around you and will make you miss your heart beat. That is the beauty and strength of this mastered and minutely tailored film. A flawless one indeed. This should make it to the Kodak Theatre next year and sweep all the golden statuette from the Academy Awards.

    For all those who criticize: "can you do something better? try out your hand and prove you have something better in store before saying its not good. and if u cant this too, then "please brush your teeth and change your taste"........"

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  21. ok movie,isn't as astonishing as 404 was, which i admired alot for a brilliant narration.
    never the less kahani is one time watch for sure!

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  24. I saw the movie last night and just wow.Take a bow Vidya the movie is one of the best thrillers bollywood has ever made

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  25. wowwwww..so much appreciation. almost got 4 stars 4m all d reviewers..iska matlab dekhna hi padega all d way.

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  26. Saw the movie and the it is awesome worth every bit of appreciation it is getting. I have never seen a better thriller which is so gritty and hard hitting in bollywood before

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  27. awesum movie, once again vidya proves that she is the best female actor in bollywood.

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  28. most of my friends who accompanied to watch this movie want to watch it again as they didn't understand it completely. ha ha ha...

    Mr.Ghosh, your mission successful.

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  29. best thriller after aamir and wednesday..
    kudos to the makers..

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  30. very good thriller..
    keeps the audience on their toes every minute..
    intelligent movie for the movie buffs who were craving for something new and diffrent at the cinemas..:-)

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  31. Rating of Kahani is 3.71 which is already better than Dirty Picture, Vidya will take all awards this year also.

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  32. Saw the movie today. Very Engrossing movie. The last part of the movie did give me some glimpses of the English movie "The Usual Suspects"( Those who have seen the Usual Suspects can understand what I mean) and our own 404. Otherwise the plot is flawless.Vidya Balan's performance was really superb(Again you see here some glimpses of her earlier performances in Ishqiya and Dirty Pictures). The scene at the Interval and the climax did give solid goose bumps (A big shock value). Its worth every penny. Highly recommended.

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  34. most enthralling movie that i have seen in the recent past...its indeed a must watch movie :) Vidya oops Bidya rocks...another award winning role in her kitty and all well deserved..she doesn't need any contemporary male leads to make a movie run in theaters --she can do it all alone:) ami sotti bolchi

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  35. Agree with Aniket. This is the best thriller ever made in India and fuck all the retards who didnt like it or say movies like 404, a wednesday or aamir is better. Bloody losers

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  36. watched it today.... have to say, wow, what a movie.... another 'national & filmfare award best actress' for Bidya... opps Vidya Balan.

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  37. Just watched the movie, good suspense thriller and very different from other suspense thriller movies .
    For that full marks goes to director Sujoy Ghosh who made such a beautiful thriller in a very simple way,
    He didn’t try to use extraordinary things in the film and that’s the plus point of the movie.
    Performance : Again Vidhya Walan performed really well and all other characters in the movie were also very good.
    If you like suspense thriller drama then it’s must watch for you
    My rating 3.25/5

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  38. superb...wish to see the movie again...vidya you rock...

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  39. Excellent movie. must watch. Vidya Rocks

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  40. its already more than 20 hrs after watching that movie....but still thinking about that......really such a gripping movie....Vidya Rocks and story telling is so good that you will stick to ur seat....will not like to miss a moment.....Superb...awesome....thriller....cant guess end till end....and after that u will start joining the pieces again to let u know why that happened... :)

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  41. Kahaani is incredible, a very powerful movie. Its difficult to appreciate the movie in words. Another power packed performance by Vidya and all other actors. Undoubtedly its a must watch movie. Many times the drum beats of Durga puja will make you forget everything around you and get yourself immersed in the movie. A flawless movie where the director has given due attention to every minute detail.

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  42. saw the movie today...the film was very very nice..

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  43. kya koi mujhe batayega ki vidya balan ne shridhar ke system me password kya daala tha?
    please tell me.

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