Story: Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) arrives in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband. Seven months pregnant and alone in the maddening city of joy, she begins a relentless search for her husband. With nothing to rely on, except fragments from her memories about him, all clues seem to reach a dead end, when everyone tries to convince Vidya that her husband does not exist. She slowly realises that nothing is what it seems. In a city soaked in lies, Vidya is determined to unravel the truth about her husband – for herself and her unborn child. Story Treatment: The movie is a catchy tale of a woman and her struggle, the best part- all this happens keeping the suspense highly under the wraps. The anxiety is infectious, relevant and highly convincing. Kahaani surely emerges as a Hitchcock tale from the Bong land! The element of thrill is maintained and weaved so magnificently that not just Vidya, but also the audience feels the restlessness and the impatience dwelling on the screen. Star Cast: Bidya (Vidya), with a 'V' emerges as a bankable star, who can shoulder the rarest of the characters sketched, without even thinking about her future prospects of donning a glam role. The actress blends into the character beautifully and makes us believe that she’s in trouble, but surely not a damsel in distress. Her body language and expressions take myriad tones as the story proceeds, and strengthens the character further. Parambrata Chattopadhyay, as Rana needs a special mention, as the actor manages to showcase different shades with ease that prove his caliber as a potential method actor. The emotional scenes between Vidya and Rana are top-notch without getting too overboard. Indraneil Sengupta is effective and impressive with a small yet pivotal role. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is rude, harsh and portrays a character of a ruthless officer quite effortlessly. Darshan Jariwala is natural and the two boys at the guest house and tea stall help the story remain innate, leaving a beautiful mark. Direction: Sonjoy scripts a masterpiece of suspense that enthralls the audience and makes it a treat for cinema lovers, who scream out loud for a 'different' cinema experience. The director has worked on an amazing psyche, and has also added moments of light humour and blossoming relations. The colours of Kolkata infuse a fresh breeze of calmness throughout the film. The director’s story-telling skills and efficiency during execution is commendable, while keeping the entertainment quotient intact. Dialogues/cinematography/music: Dialogues are basically in the form of conversation happening between the officers and a woman, who struggles to find her missing husband. The pace between an emotional lady and practical officers is emphasised by the exchange of words between them. In the end, where Amitabh Bachchan’s voice-over draws a comparison between Vidya and Maa Durga glorifies the character to the hilt. 'Aami Shotti Bolchi' speaks about the movie, while 'Ekla Chalo Re' is imposing with Mr Bachchan’s heavy baritone acting as a padding. The close-ups, where Vidya takes deep breaths look effortless and the cinematographer plays an important role in making it seem splendid on the screen. 3ups and downs: Kahaani is a gripping journey, which stuns you as the mystery unfolds. Vidya, after The Dirty Picture does complete justice to a woman-dominated film. The extra emphasis on the culture of Kolkata might be a bit straining for the audience from other cities. Highly recommended for Vidya’s fans, who want to witness her acting prowess and a must watch for thriller lovers!