Movie Review: Kahaani 2-Durga Rani Singh

Kahaani 2-Durga Rani Singh: A Kahaani too Predictable

kahaani-2-movie-reviewIt is always a hard luck for a sequel to be compared to its prequel which cannot be changed and “Kahaani 2” without doubt will be compared to “Kahaani”, though both the movies are different and has no bearing with each other, other than the genre. The comparison is inevitable since Sujoy Ghosh teams up again with Vidya Balan after “Kahaani” and that to in a thriller..

“Kahaani 2” commences with the story of a middle class working woman Vidya Sinha(Vidya Balan) who has a spastic daughter Mini (Tunisha Sharma) who is wheel chair bound. One day when Vidya returns home she finds Mini missing and she receives a call that her daughter has been kidnapped and she needs to come to a place if she wants her daughter alive. Vidya meets with an accident when trying to reach the destination as mentioned by the kidnapper and goes in coma. Inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) is given the charge of investigating the accident. Inder discovers that Vidya looks like Durga Rani Singh, who is wanted for kidnapping and murder in Kalinpong. As evidence Inderjeet just has a diary written by Vidya. Is Inderjeet able to solve the mystery of whether both Vidya and Durga Rani Singh are same or whether they are two different individuals is what the movie is all about..

Story by Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair has an interesting premise, and screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh holds the story from beginning till the end, but still there was something missing which was the biggest draw of its prequel “Kahaani”. Sujoy tries to imbibe enough twists and turns in the script but half hour into the movie and you can make out the story. “Kahaani 2” misses the shock element which “Kahaani” had and for which it became a milestone movie. The climax looked weak as there was no novelty at the end. There are enough loopholes in the script in the form of co-incidences which is quite blatant to be ignored. Dialogues by Sujoy Ghosh & Ritesh Shah are realistic and to the point, not beating around the bush. “Kahaani” scored due to the unpredictability factor where “Kahaani 2” fails miserably, as it is too predictable…

Performance was the highlight of “Kahaani” and “Kahaani 2” does not disappoint us in that department, Vidya Balan as Vidya Sinha /Durga Rani Singh gives us a believable and honest performance as usual, but looks extremely tired and worn out throughout the movie which steals the spark off her performance, but overall she does not disappoint. Arjun Rampal as Inspector Inderjeet Singh gets the nuances of his character bang on, his laid back demeanour suits the character. Kharaj Mukherjee as Prabal Haldar, gives the much needed comic relief in the proceedings and his typical bong accent adds on to the humour. Child actor Naisha Khanna as child Mini is the highlight performance. Being a child Naisha gets the act right from the word go and she impresses the most with her vulnerable act. Tunisha Sharma as the Teen Mini as nothing much to do but still does a decent job. Jugal Hansraj as the antagonist Mohit Dewan tries very hard to be mean but yet is not completely convincing, rather the female actor who played the Nepali woman police constable gives more chills than Jugal. Bengali actors Tota Roy Choudhury & Kaushik Sen are wasted in inconsequential roles. Another actor who steals the show is Manini Chadha who plays Rashmi Singh, Inderjeet Singh’s wife; she is so easy in her portrayal that the acting and reality blend beautifully, definitely an actor to watch out for. Amba Sanyal as Mini’s Dadi gets the mean and prudish act bang on…Rest of the cast also do a competitive job…

It is camera work by Tapan Basu that lifts the movie. Whether it is the by lanes of Chandan Nagar or Kolkata or the beautiful Kalimpong, Tapan’s cinematography blends with the narrative beautifully. Each frame has been meticulously shot keeping in mind the premise of the movie.

Sujoy Ghosh got the premise correct but fails in bringing in the novelty and ends up making “Kahaani 2” predictable, which becomes the biggest flaw of the movie. After “Kahaani”, a lot was expected from Sujoy Ghosh but he does not match the expectations completely and misses it a wee bit, I hope it does not cost him grave. We still believe in Sujoy Ghosh as a director, give us “Jhankar Beats” any day….

“Kahaani 2” is good as a standalone movie and watchable, but if compared to “Kahaani” it is average.. I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Official Trailer : Hamari Adhuri Kahani

Hamari_Adhuri_Kahani_First_Look_PosterWith “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” Mahesh Bhatt  again goes in autobiographical mode for this story. It is based on the love story of his mother Shirin Mohammad Ali, father Nanabhai Bhatt and his step mother. Whenever Mahesh Bhatt has created a story out of his life it has been a remarkable effort. Remember Arth, Janam, Zakhm and Woh Lamhe. Well we hope that “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” also creates the same impact as it did with the previous movies.

It has an impressive cast of Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao, Sara Khan, Madhurima Tuli & Amala Akkineni in a cameo.

Directed by Mohit Suri who is riding high with super success of Aashiqui 2 & Ek Villain, can this movie create a hat trick from him, well we have to wait and watch.

The USP of Vishesh Film’s has been their music, and this movie also has music as its USP with tunes by Jeet Ganguli, Mithoon & Ami Mishra

Produced By Mahesh Bhatt & Mukesh Bhatt and presented by Fox Star Studios, the movie releases on 12th June’15….

The Official trailer gives us an impression of a movie with immense emotional content……let us see whether the viewers gives a Thumbs Up or Thumbs down to “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” on 12th June’15…

Movie Review Bobby Jasoos

Bobby Jasoos: A thriller without thrills

Vidya Balan strikes back as “Bobby Jasoos” wherein she plays an amateurish detective. But does it really create an impact???

In the beginning of the movie you get introduced to the world of Mughalpura in Hyderabad, the place where Bobby Jasoos stays and her struggle to become a famous detective and her immediate family of sisters and Khala’s. Life changes for her when a stranger Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar) gives her an assignment to find out a girl Nilofer in Mughalpura. Who is Anees Shaikh and why does he want to know about the girl….forms the rest of the plot.

Written by Samyukta Chawla Shaikh, the story and screenplay emphasizes not only on Bilkis Ahmed’s a.k.a Bobby Jasoos’s professional adventure but also her personal bobby jasoos movie reviewlife and somewhere in the story and screenplay that takes pretence and the movie looses completely on the aspect of edge of seat thriller which is expected from a detective movie. There are many characters introduced in the movie but many of them have no relevance to the main plot. The sequence which involves Bobby’s personal life is very well written. After an hour especially post interval is when the screenplay just falls flat and the not so impactful climax does not help either.

Debutant director Samar Shaikh tries his best to make the setting as realistic as possible and is successful as well, right from the dialect of all the characters to the settings, but where the movie falters is the absence of thrill which is expected from a movie based on a detective.

It is the superlative performances of the ensemble cast which lifts the movie. Vidya Balan as Bilkis Ahmed/ Bobby Jasoos does a good job. Ali Fazal as Tasawur is earnest in his portrayal but somewhere he gets overshadowed by the rest of the cast. Other cast like Arjan Bajwa, Supriya Pathak, Kiran Kumar, Aakash Dahiya, Rajendra Gupta, Benaf Dadachanji and Prasad Barve do a fantastic job rising above the writing. Tanvi Azmi and Zarina Wahab are excellent but are wasted in brief roles.

Another highlight of the movie is the Production Design and the Costumes. Production Design by Tariq Umar Khan is spot on and very realistic, the same goes for the costumes by Thei Tekchandaney & Sheetal Sharma which absolutely blends with the narration.

The third highlight is the Cinematography by Vishal Sinha which captures Hyderabad especially the locality of Charminar like a dream.

Shatanu Moitra’s music is average excluding one song “Arziyaan”..

After watching the movie I was confused whether I liked the movie or did not like it, so I came to the conclusion that it is a” Thriller without the Thrills” I will go with Two and a Half Stars, watch it for its performances…

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Trailer : Bobby Jasoos

Vidya Balan strikes again with “BOBBY JASOOS”, story of a small time wannabe detective who wants to make it BIG…..Vidya disguises many avatars in the movie which is the highlight of the movie….Can Vidya create another Kahani is something we need to wait till 4th July’14…..looking at the trailer the wait should be worth….

Review : Ghancakkar

Ghancakkar: A complete chaos in the name of comedy

Rajkumar Gupta takes a break from the realistic brooding movies like “Aamir “ & “No One Killed Jessica” and tries his hand in comedy and the result is a complete chaos in the name of cinema.

The story is of a pro bank robber Sanjay Atre (Emraan Hashmi) who successfully loots a bank with Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) & Idris (Namit Das) and after the loot they decide to share the booty after 3 months. But when Pandit and Idris contact Sanju for the booty after 3 months they are shocked to realise that Sanju has lost his memory and does not remember where has he hidden the loot. The story revolves around as to how Sanju remembers where he hid the booty.

The story & screenplay by Parvez Sheikh & Rajkumar Gupta lacks the sleekness and the punch of a thriller and the climax is a downer. The movie is very slow in parts.

For the first time Vidya Balan completely falls flat in her portrayal of Neetu, a chirpy punjabi girl, she is very repetitive and after one point becomes irritating and her over the top avatar does not help much. Emraan Hashmi manages a decent performance. But Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das steal the show from the lead pair.

Music by Amit Trivedi is also not upto the mark and is more of a cacophony. Cinematography by Setu is decent but since the whole movie is limited to an apartment, there is not much that a camera man could show.

Overall Rajkumar Gupta dissapoints and Ghancakkar falls flat on its expectations. I will go with 2 STARS only for the performance of Rajesh Sharma & Namit Das.

Review : Kahaani

“Kahaani” – An Edge of the Seat “Story”

KahaaniKahaani”, another power house performance by Vidya Balan, the story is of Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), a software engineer from London who comes to Kolkata in search of her husband Arnab Bagchi (Indraneil Sengupta) who goes missing in Kolkata. The story revolves around how Vidya unfolds the mystery of her missing husband.

The main highlight of the movie is the tout story and screenplay by Sujoy Ghosh & Advaita Kala which keeps the audiences glued to their seat till the end. Each character is well defined and fits into the puzzle called “Kahaani”, truly a story well told.

Another highlight of the movie is the crisp editing by Namrata Rao which does not let the movie lose its pace even for a minute. Setu’s camerawork captures the true spirit of Kolkata and adds up to the drama of the story.

Now let me mention the captain of the ship, the director Sujoy Ghosh, who makes a comeback with this movie, and what a comeback. “Kahaani” will be go down history as one of the best thrillers of Bollywood. Sujoy is in complete control and it shows in the way he has handled such a complex story with so many layers.

Now the biggest highlight the cast. Vidya Balan once again proves her brilliance in her portrayal of Vidya Venkatesan Bagchi, from the body language of a pregnant woman to her expressions Vidya Balan has done complete justice to the character. Another actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay who plays the role of the Police Inspector Satyaki Ghosh alias “Rana” is brilliant and so is Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the CBI Inspector Khan. Another Bengali actor who makes an impact is Saswata Chatterjee who plays “Bob” a LIC agent; whenever he comes on the screen it gives the audience the chill. The support casts like Dhritiman Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta also do a good job.

The music by Vishal-Shekhar is as per the mood of the movie. Especially “Piya tu Kahe” a hard rock with a fusion of Indian Classical and Amitabh’s rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s “Akla Cholo Re” are the highlights.

Overall an entertaining thriller which has an impact which lingers long after the movie is over. A must watch and please note “DO NOT MISS THE BEGINNING”, I give 5 stars, one additional star for capturing Kolkata so beautifully.