A new Kahaani in South Cinema

Cinema has witnessed several women-centric films in the past, some of which are hard-hitting tales, while others sank without a trace. Most of these films have one common plot; they revolve around the life of a needy, struggling woman who is often seen as a vulnerable victim of prejudice. But 2012 witnessed a different perspective to Hindi cinema. The most-potent film came to the big screen that year. It endorsed a vulnerable woman seeking revenge. The much-acclaimed film that deserves this credit is the thriller, Kahaani written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

Reasons why this suspense thriller was intriguing:

How did the suspense-thriller work?

Kahaani wasn’t an ordinary suspense-thriller, it was more than that. With its realism and gripping suspense, it brought the characters to life without losing its entertainment quotient.  The film dealt with the journey of a pregnant woman in search of her husband, from London to Kolkata. The colorful, vibrant city amidst the hustle-bustle added to the intriguing narration. The film’s director Sujoy Ghosh didn’t add any unnecessary songs and no over-the-top fight sequences. He cleverly crafted his screenplay to match the local milieu in the film. The narrative whipped up a high amount of anxiety among the audience leading it to an edge-of-the-seat thriller. And the protagonist who led us into her journey is none other than the flawless, Vidya Balan.

Vidya – The powerhouse performer

TV queen and Balaji Telefilms producer Ekta Kapoor quoted during the release of The Dirty Picture (which starred Ms. Balan in the lead role) that Vidya Balan could beat the Khan league of actors and prove herself to be the number one actor in Bollywood, stating that she might be the next Vidya Balan Khan. This was undoubtedly true. Vidya Balan took centrestage in Kahaani. Blending dazzle and desperation, Vidya Balan was a stunner. With her phenomenal performance, she brought vulnerability and resilience to the character. And we surrendered to her journey.

A clutter breaking campaign

A few days before the film’s announcement, residents of Mumbai and Kolkata saw a pregnant woman frantically in search of her missing husband. Soon after that, there were poster sketches of Arnab Bagchi that released in the railway station.  The posters were even published in leading newspapers and social media sites. But there was a twist in the case, people where in for a shock when it was announced that all this was a part of the marketing stunt for Kahaani, and the pregnant woman was none other than Vidya Balan. Even though the strategy generated a lot of buzz among the people, it failed to create an impact and invited controversy. People slammed the makers of the film for this stunt, as this could hurt several people whose friends or families might actually be missing. Despite of this accusation, the producers of the film, Viacom18 mentioned that it was clearly to generate speculation for the film. And this might in turn, increase awareness and support the cause of 17 lakh Indians who are missing.

Kahaani’s astounding success paves way for a Tamil and Telugu remake

The remarkable success of the film has paved way for its remake, a Tamil-Telugu bilingual. The film is being directed by Shekhar Kammula, and is already making the headlines, ever since the film’s trailer was released online. But the makers of the film restricted to publish the ‘missing poster’ exclusively on Facebook. Perhaps, they didn’t want to repeat the extraneous publicity the production house did for the original. The trailer reveals that the protagonist isn’t pregnant, which made the audience quite baffled.

The director has claimed to tweak the script since he didn’t want to portray the protagonist as an object of sympathy on account of her pregnancy. Considering how crucial the ‘pregnant factor’ turned out for the original, we can’t help but wonder if the remake would deliver the original essence required for the story. It would be interesting to wait and watch, director Shekhar Kammula’s own twist to the story.

Nayantara – The perfect choice for the role

The current queen bee of South Cinema, Nayantara is all set to play the protagonist. The radiant actress who is known for her riveting and daring performances has always been an undisputed choice for filmmakers. She proved her mettle by performing stunts in a film like Billa to delivering a tear-jerking performance in Raja-Rani. She is among the heroines who has shared screen space with the superstar Rajinikanth, not once but thrice.  For Nayantara who has usually been seen in hero-centric roles, this film might be a turning point to her career.

The film is titled Nee Enge En Anbe in Tamil and Anamika in Telugu. Vaibhav plays the role of the inspector while Pasupathy dons the role of the chief officer. M.M.Keeravani is composing the music. The film is set to release during Dusshera in October.

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