Kahaani - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

An extremely quirky atmosphere is created by the camera, the narrative, the sound, the music and Vidya Balan. An experience that might seem incomplete if not watched on the big screen.

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42 reviewers have given Kahaani an average rating of 4.9/5.0 (?)

40 yays
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2 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Credit has to go to Vidya Balan for her sensitive portrayal as a woman hell bent on tracking down her loved one and seeking closure to the sudden mysteries in her life, and Parambrata Chaterjee for his portrayal of a man taking it upon himself to help... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Apun Ka Choice ...Bringing a virgin vitality to the suspense drama, the film strikes a captivating balance between realism in art and the art of courting realism, without losing the entertainment quotient.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Part of the paranoia, on our part, also arises from Ghosh’s cool thwarting of the expected.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Vidya Balan show all the way and the girl has hit the bull’s eye yet again with her flawless, award winning performance as Vidya Bagchi... full review

Thumbs up by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...The only point against this movie is perhaps the editing. Kahaani, in actuality, isn’t a very long film (about two hours). But somewhere in the middle you tend to get a feeling that the movie has turned a bit slow. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The title track is akin to an excursion of the City of Joy, while Amitabh Bachchan's rendition of 'Ekla Cholo Re' is mesmeric.... full review

Thumbs up by Jackie J Thakkar, BookmyShow ...It isn’t often that every detail of a scene is given such careful and meticulous consideration in Hindi cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ... With skills of a master storyteller, the director succeeds in transporting the on-screen tension and anticipation to the audiences, who begin to play IB officers in their seats.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...The anxiety is infectious, relevant and highly convincing.... full review

Thumbs up by Nandita Dutta, DearCinema ...Kahaani is an extremely intelligent story told with such conviction and eagerness that it leaves one thrilled to the core. ... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...What could have been an unconditional five-star experience, however, falls short because of the script which is far too schematic and clever for its own good by half... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...You cant afford to sit back and just watch the story unfold on screen.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Intriguing, riveting, compelling, thrilling....Kahaani is just spectacular. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala bring to life a brilliant thriller which while nodding to Satyajit Rays Felu Da and the Hitchcock School of thrillers, is fascinatingly minimalistic in emotions and strong in impact. ... full review

So-So by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...This is one thriller that does not employ the usual suspects, overdone background score and clunky lines that confuse. But Ghosh introduces so many characters, it becomes difficult to keep track.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...It’s the work of a group of well-intentioned and able technicians who work together in harmony to carve out an unblemished piece of cinema. Namrata Rao’s editing is watertight, while Setu’s cinematography captures Kolkata’s sights and sounds brilliantly.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi, Everything Movies ...For those of you who love Bollywood or love trashing Bollywood, go watch Kahaani!... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...And then there is the subtle chemistry between Vidya and Rana, she vulnerable yet steely, he strong and silent but obviously drawn to her raw sensuality.... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...A complex puzzle that unfolds in bit- by- bit precision... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...Production and costume design do not disappoint, either. The guest house, the trams, the narrow streets of the city, the taxis, the Metro, the police station, the pavement - all these otherwise ordinary elements blend seamlessly to create a world of mystery and secrecy.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...This movie was a winner at the script level itself. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Vidya Balan is the main Hero of the film and as again and again proved that her films can work without any hero too. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It's hard to imagine this film set in any other city, because Kolkata is everywhere, almost like an actual character in 'Kahaani'. Set during the Durga Puja festival, the city is in turns warm and menacing, and the camera captures Kolkata with so much love that you're instantly drawn to it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...My favourite though is Bob Biswas (actor Saswata Chatterjee), the moonfaced hit man masquerading as an LIC agent... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...If 'Kahaani' had managed to keep the edge of suspense as sharp in the second-half, which falls prey to a few improbable plot contrivances and some gratingly explanatory scenes, it would have been very good indeed. But despite the hiccups, it remains engaging. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...The brisk storytelling calls for your absolute attention but the narrative has been so gripping since start that you never lose a moment.... full review

So-So by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi ...Rating: 3/5... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Vidya Bagchi is not a “heroine” by any benchmark. She is awkward and sly, and she shakes her right leg often while seated. This is yet another convincing performance by Balan—it is a brand new life for her, far removed from anything she has done before. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY ...However, what is a tad jarring in the opening scenes is when Vidya checks into the guest house room - it's a small enclosed confines, but suddenly the camera goes all over the place for a while which is best done in an open arena... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Kahaani is positive proof that in cinema, it is the story that counts for everything... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Parambrato Chatterjee as the rookie cop is the pick of the support cast for me for his extremely nuanced portrayal that hinges more on his eyes and expressions than words. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Background score as well as the cinematography deserves to be lauded too... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Unlike many films that rely on a city's clichés to force feed its significance, there's none of the contrived Bong paraphernalia: O-emphasizing accent, dramatic play of conch shells, rasgulla/mishit doi excesses.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Ghosh also makes some great casting choices — much of the cast, except for Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Shaikh (who plays an Intelligence Bureau agent) are from Kolkata.... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...The story is different and I love the way it unfolds bit by bit. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Editing by Namrata Rao keeps the film pacy, but never out of breath.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The entire cast deserves compliments though and other departments deserve their share. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...When you know that a film starts with the name of just one actress in the starting credits it sure beams of high confidence. And that very name lives up its expectations.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Sujoy Ghosh makes for a charming storyteller with this finely crafted, rivetingly paced thriller that makes up for realism with plenty of quirks and twists.... full review

Thumbs up by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...Usually thrillers and mysteries acquire a mechanical tone and don't give much importance to the socio-political underpinning of the story but Ghosh has got plenty of layers to play with, courtesy the likes of Advaita Kala in his team. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...The rawness, beauty and grime of the city are stunningly captured by Setu (Cinematographer), from haath rickshaws, trams to Kalighat and Camac Street.... full review

Thumbs up by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Technically, the film deserves a mention for its superb and consistent on-location camerawork giving the film its look and feel, its production design and brilliant use of locations and yes, also its relatively restrained background score, barring the occasional typical emotional cliche.... full review