Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh – movie review

A captivating thriller

  


By Paresh B. Mehta

Genre: Thriller   Recommended: General Audience   Released: 2 December 2016
Starring: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansraj, Manini Chadha
Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh

Kahaani 2, movie review

A suspense thriller featuring Vidya Balan, directed by Sujoy Ghosh. It is not a sequel of the 2012 film, just another installment of PEN’s ‘Kahaani’ brand.

Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) is a single mom, working woman happily living with her daughter in Chandannagar a small town in West Bengal. Her teenaged daughter is wheelchair ridden hence the mother keeps a nurse while she is out in her office.

This morning, the mother-daughter wake up late, so while rushing around with her morning chores, Vidya realizes that the nurse hasn’t come for her duty. This caring mother ensures that her old neighbour keeps a periodic watch on her house till the time nurse arrives to keep her daughter some company.

On returning home in the evening Vidya finds her daughter missing with no leads despite checking in with the neighbours. It is about 10 minutes into the film and tension begins which keeps you binding till the end. Narrated in brief, this is the premise of this captivating thriller directed by Sujoy Ghosh who had earlier directed Kahaani too.

This passionate mother receives a call on her mobile that her daughter is kidnapped and that she ought to reach certain place which the address is sent by text by the kidnapper. In a frenzy, panic and frantic moment this mother leaves her house to reach the destination only to meet a deadly accident and she is in coma.

The local cop Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) is in charge of this incident and he discovers that this lady is familiar to him. Soon, he is informed by his senior cop that there is a lady who is absconding from Kalimpong (yet another town in West Bengal) and the charges on that lady is abduction and murder.

Inderjeet Singh sees the picture of that lady wanted in Kalimpong and the face resembles the woman in the Intensive Care who he has just observed at the local hospital.

For thriller lovers, it would be a spoiler if the story is revealed bit further.

Inspector Inderjeet Singh finds a diary at Vidya Sinha’s house which reveals the lady’s past and also about Durga Rani Singh’s life as a school office employee in the town of Kalimpong.

The film is shot at actual locations in Chandannagar, the city of Kolkata and the beautiful Kalimpong. Vidya Balan is in the most unglamorous role of her career and she is just awesome as the character she portrays in the film.

Arjun Rampal as Sub-Inspector Inderjeet Singh is so real as the promotion hungry policeman who is really bent on seeking an elevation in his profession as there were instances in the past where his hunches narrowly missed his promotion.

With due credits to the Director of Photography, the director and the scriptwriters this film, except very few flaws, is just short of a superb crime-suspence-thriller.

From a critic’s angle, let us mention about some factual errors which are easily overlooked: It is very rare to see someone to mantain daily diary especially in present times, the incompetence of the authorities at US airport and the naivenes of Kolkata Police towards the end closing the case without proper investigatation of remains of the blast.

Despite penning the above mentioned debatable flaws, this film is very highly recommended for those who enjoy suspense and thrills.

For Enlarged pics, click on the Thumbnails:

Cast:
Vidya Balan as Vidya Sinha/ Durga Rani Singh
Arjun Rampal as Sub-Inspector Inderjeet Singh
Naisha Khanna as child Minnie Dewan
Tunisha Sharma as young Minnie Dewan
Jugal Hansraj as Mohit Dewan
Manini Chadha as Rashmi Inderjet Singh
Kharaj Mukherjee as Senior Police Inspector Pranab Halder
Kaushik Sen
Tota Roychoudhury

Credits:
Production Company – Boundscript Motion Pictures, Pen India Limited (PEN)
Produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Jayantilal Gada
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh
Dialogues – Sujoy Ghosh, Ritesh Shah
Story by Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair
Music by Clinton Cerejo
Cinematography – Tapan Basu
Kahaani 2, movie review