Kahani: a thrilling ride through Kolkata and Deceit.

Actors: Vidya Balan, Parambata Chatterjee

Writer: Sujoy Ghosh, Advaita Kala

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Kahani means Story in English. To say anything more about Kahani other then a pregnant woman arrives in Kolkata to look for her missing husband is to spoil it. This is an awesome thriller with excellent pacing, stellar acting by everyone, plausible dialogue, funny moments, scary moments and one where every moment adds up to a satisfying experience.

I especially enjoyed the way the city of Kolkata (previously Calcutta– a city with two names in a city where the natives have two names themselves) enfolded. Kahani shows Kolkata on the street level rather than the more usual Kolkata of drawing rooms and witty banter. The camera allows Kolkata to live and breathe in all its hustle and bustle, tight spaces, noise, dust and dirtiness and beauty.  

Vidya Balan and Parambata Chatterjee’s characters play beautifully off each and it is ridiculously refreshing to see a relationship between a man and woman that does not turn into a song & dance & love ever after. Of course there are moments that stretch credibility– is Vidya Balan’s heavily pregnant woman really going to traipse all over town in heeled boots!– but these moments are few and far between and ignorable since the movie is so very good.

* It’s okay for kids though it might get a little overwhelming as well as confusing. There is no gore per se but still plenty of elements for nightmares.