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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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