May be it was coincidental, but the release of Kahaani a day after Women’s Day, has definitely been a fitting tribute to the power of a woman, an epitome of ‘Maa Kaali’. The trailer speaks of the travails of a pregnant Vidya Bagchi (Balan) in search of her missing husband, true it is and also more.
If you had relished the by lanes of Madurai and Chennai then it’s time to explore something outside T.N and why not the East of India, Kolkata. Like any of the Tamil directors who are most comfortable in their hometown, so is director Sujoy Ghosh. He has captured through the lens of Setu, the life and blood of the city, more especially during the Durga Pooja time.
Vidya is still the heroine, (though many claimed she is the hero of the movie) and if you ask of the hero, it is the gripping, edge of the seat story telling. A thriller, that makes you gape in awe and wonder, when the mystery unfolds. When we as audience or the critics speak of intelligent genre of movies for sensible movie goers, then this one is for all of us. Reprising this role in Tamil or any other language am sure is not possible for Vidya or any other actor can never be imagined to play this role again, please.
People who do not understand Hindi may not be under a major disadvantage, but still a release with subtitles in English or dubbed in other languages would fetch more sensible movie goers for sure. This, through this article is a request to the movie makers.
Speaking of Vidhya Venkatesan Bagchi who mouths a few Tamil words, she makes every woman of India proud of her conviction and intolerance to injustice, in this inhuman world. You empathise with her, want to hold her when she trips a stack of wood, want to cry with her and love her instantly as the kids in the movie do. When she is appreciated for her motherly love and when she cries silently, you only pray that she gets back her husband soon, not knowing what’s in store for you.
Well a review cannot be a full length storytelling, but even if I want to, that’s the most difficult thing to do. To retell this story is next to impossible, and all that can be done is to watch this movie, as a movie critic in a newspaper put it ‘catch it before someone tells you’ even a portion of the movie. But if you are still left wondering why a particular thing happened or that particular scene came before the end, then you would need to watch it once again for all the nuances, and why not?. A Hindi movie we chose to watch in theatres after Amir Khan's 3 Idiots, and it was definitely worth the wait! For Vidya, seems like its awards time next year too!!