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Kahaani |DVD

Kahaani |DVD

Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Actor(s) Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee Vidya Balan
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Kolkata is abuzz with the preparations for the annual Durga Puja festival, as seven months pregnant Vidya Bagchi steps off the airplane from London. Her first stop is the local police station to file a missing person report. Weeks ago, her husband Arnab arrived in India for a job assignment. The first two weeks, they talked daily on the phone, and then without explanation his calls stopped. Everywhere Vidya turns, no one can remember Arnab; there is no trace of him at the guest house or his workplace. It is as if he never existed. But Vidya will not give up her search. Somewhere in Kolkata she will discover the dangerous truth.
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Publication Date January 1, 2012
Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Genre Drama, drama - family life
Censor Rating U (Universal)
Actor(s) Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee Vidya Balan
Director(s) Sujoy Ghosh
Producer(s) None
No of Discs 1
ESRB Rating Everyone
Studio Shemaroo

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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     What a story telling !!! 30 August, 2013 On
    I watched this movie with just one expectation .. Vidya Balan.
    But it surpassed all my expectation. Amazing screenplay and direction by Sujoy Ghosh. But what I liked most about the movie is its photography by Satyajit Pande. Never heard his name before this movie. But the way he captured the essence of city of joy is mind blowing. Also Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Inspector khan was a surprise package. However I felt that the climax could've been much better.
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  2.  Bidya chamkegi with Kahani 9 June, 2014 On
    “I already figured out the suspense!” boasted a youngster on his way out of the auditorium, after watching the film, ‘Kahani’. “Yaar who cares about the suspense as long as we’re watching Vidya act?” quipped his friend about the film starring Bidya, oops Vidya Balan, Vidya Balan, and Vidya Balan. Hold your horses folks, for there are other brilliant actors too in the ensemble like Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Saswata Chatterjee, who are surely worth a mention.

    To begin with, the review of ‘Kahani’ can never be written unless one sings hymns of Vidya Balan who, on one hand can give the Khans run for their money and on the other, offer viewers value for their money with entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. After ‘The Dirty Picture’, the actor seems to be riding on the crest of her booming career, and this film takes her to yet another level. So now that we’re done with the obligatory ritual of praising Vidya Balan, let’s give the devil – the director his due.

    After ‘Jhankar Beats’, a tribute to the legend, RD Burman, the filmography of director Sujoy Ghosh finds poetic justice with ‘Kahani’, where Kolkata is a character that hums a background score sprinkled with Pancham Da’s compositions. Like a phoenix, Sujoy Ghosh rises from the ashes of ‘Home Delivery’ and ‘Aladin’ to ‘Kahani’. A self-taught director, who grew up on Satyajit Ray movies, Sujoy Ghosh refrains from slow-paced narration like his idol to narrate the engaging plot of ‘Kahani’.

    Apart from the leading lady, another woman who deserves applause is Namrata Rao, who has films like ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘Love Sex aur Dhokha’, and ‘Band Baja Baarat’ to her credit, and edits ‘Kahani’ with an exemplary restraint. A deep fascination for comic books, especially Amar Chitra Katha and experience in documentary films reflects the way Namrata Rao edits the film, employing a seamless way of unfolding the story – a must for any suspense thriller worth its salt.

    A revelation: ‘Kahani’ is a suspense thriller and not a lament of a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband, like what the initial promos of the film would like one to believe. This could perhaps be one of the reasons why many were sceptic about watching the film. One of my friends opted for an escapist Hollywood film as he didn’t want to watch a pregnant woman crying and puking all her way to hunt her man. Maybe an alternative approach to its promos could have helped it cross its commendable initial box office collection of 13.5 crores in the first four days of the film’s release. Watch the film and you just might nod in acquiescence.

    The story by Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala (author of the bestseller ‘Almost Single’) and screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair, and Nikhil Vyas lends the film warmth and tautness walking hand-in-hand. For instance, it kicks off with a jet lagged Vidya heading straight to the police station looking for her husband, while lingers over the ice-breaking conversation between her and policeman, Satyaki/Rana essayed by Parambrata Chatterjee, talking about the tradition of a person having two names in Kolkata.

    Cinematographer Setu captures Kolkata in its full splendour, be it the riverside conversation between Satyaki and Vidya, to the tea stalls and Durga Pooja. The close up shots of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a fuming cop offer the actor a deserving platform to demonstrate the histrionics that his character demands. If you might have missed observing this fact, the credit goes to immaculate cinematography. After all, a cinematographer doesn’t make his viewers notice camera angles, not even the close up shots, and yet effortlessly converse with the audience in visual language.

    Director Sujoy Ghosh takes a leaf from Satyajit Ray’s Aranyer Din Ratri (he’s also adapting the original novel by Sunil Ganguly into a film), by letting camera follow the lead character, hence making the viewers feel like passengers embarking on this edge-of-the-seat entertainer called ‘Kahani’.

    The director’s commitment to the film’s narration is evident by the way he uses or rather ‘not uses’ Vishal Shekhar’s mellifluous compositions in ‘Kahani’. The restraint persists despite the Bangla Rock ‘Aami Shotti Bolchi’ by Usha Uthup and Vishweshwar Krishnamurthy, and Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of Tagore’s poem in, ‘Ekla chalo re’. Sadly, compositions like ‘Tore bin’ by Sukhwinder Singh, ‘Kahani’ in two versions by Vishal Dadlani and KK and a solo by Shreya Goshal, ‘Piya tu kahe rootha re’ by Javed Bashir will be confined to the music album. Hope these songs find pride of place in its DVD as additional features.

    To sum it up, it’s the film’s director, editor, cinematographer, writers, music composers, and entire team of Boundscript Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd. that make ‘Kahani’ a must-watch film, and Vidya Balan is an integral part of it. But let’s face it – sirf Bidya chamkegi!
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  3.  Awesome Thriller 30 November, 2012 On
    Kahaani essentially banks upon the prowess of Vidya Balan, one of the most blessed actresses of the times, who impresses more with every new film. She brings depth and poise to her character and adds conviction in every scene. Parambrata Chattopadhyay is charming as Vidya's cop-companion and makes for a good supporting character. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the crude intelligence officer exudes solid screen presence and confidence. Indraneil Sengupta does well in his cameo. Several other character artists lend adequate support.

    Kahaani, undoubtedly, is Sujoy Ghosh's most accomplished works till date as he emerges as a skilful storyteller with the film. If story is what you seek from a film, Kahaani is a must-watch. Aami Shotti Bolchi!
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  4.  Well Acclaimed by Critics Worldwide 12 January, 2014 On
    Screenplay of Kahaani was well acclaimed by film critics worldwide on its release in March 2012 that was marked as a thriller movie written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. vidya Balan got the best actress award in thie movie among many awards that this movie won - best director besides 5 Filmfare awards and 3 National Film awards.

    The story is about male dominance in Indian society and its negative impacts on feminism and motherhood.
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