Director Sujoy Ghosh sets Kahaani 2 : Durga Rani Singh in almost a similar format as his terrific 2012 thriller, Kahaani. Remember, the new instalment is not a sequel and Vidya Balan is not playing Vidya Bagchi.
Instead she plays Vidya Sinha, the doting mother of a teenaged girl named Minnie, who is half-paralyzed and moves around in a wheel chair. They live in a modest house in Chandannagar, in the outskirts of Kolkata.
One evening when Vidya returns home from her office, she can’t find her daughter there. It’s the beginning of a series of unprecedented happenings. She soon learns that Minnie has been kidnapped. In a fit of panic, she runs to the street and gets hit by a speeding car.
The case is investigated by sub Inspector Inderjeet singh (Arjun Rampal) and it is revealed that Vidya is actually a fugitive named Durga Rani Singh. The cop finds a diary in which she has recorded a significant portion of her life.
It’s evident early on that this one lacks the smartness in its narrative, which made Kahaani so brilliant. With a predictable pattern that is full of coincidences, the viewer is barely required to use the brain. And once you begin thinking, there are lots of questions that are left unanswered and too many loose ends that kills the fun.
It’s an earnest performance by Vidya Balan that makes this one even a watchable fare. She is so real and convincing. Arjun Rampal is impressive too and fits in to his character pretty well.
Still, this one is more of a letdown, mainly due to its lazy writing. It’s sad, considering the great visuals, an interesting setting and some good performances has been packaged in such a casual manner.
Sorry. We are not waiting for a Kahaani 3.