There could not have been a more apt title for this movie. The story and screenplay is the star. A crisp, on the edge of the seat, thriller which keeps you engaged from the first frame till the last one. Sujoy Ghosh finally proves that Jhankar Beats was no fluke and pulls out one hell of a winner story line.
Vidya Bagchi, a London resident, arrives in Kolkata to file a missing report for her husband, Arnab Bagchi. To her disappointment, wherever she goes, everybody denies knowing any person by the name of Arnab Bagchi. In this hunt she earns a friend in inspector Rana played by Parambrata Chatterjee. One thing leads to another and Vidya finds herself amidst a Intelligence Bureau case which peaks to a crescendo.
The film is super engaging right from the moment it starts. Very rarely have we seen such a gripping plot in hindi cinema which is so original and yet fictional. The landscapes of Kolkata is a pleasure for the sore eye. Sujoy Ghosh brilliantly displays the city in all lights. The R.D songs running in background prove the strong influence of the music composer on the director. All the nitty gritty details add up beautifully in the end. Never do you feel that a certain thing could have been edited out.
The music by Vishal Shekhar is very unique to the movie and could be one of their best works artistically. Although none of the songs make a major appearance in the movie, they do leave a lasting impact on the listener. Amitabh Bachhan croons, Rabindranath Tagore's Ekla Cholo and leaves you with goosebumps. The background score by Clinton Cerejo is outright awesome.
Vidya Balan leads the ensemble cast in the acting department. She is good as always. But at the same time this is not a role which will define her career. Parambrata Chatterjee plays a likable character and does himself no harm by putting in a great effort. The other person who stood out for me was Saswata Chatterjee who played a hired assassin in the movie.
Sujoy Ghosh, take a bow. What a story, what a screenplay, what direction. This movie has to be right up there with the best. After almost 10 years you prove that Jhankar was no fluke. If a person leaves the theater and still keeps thinking about the movie, I guess that means its a victory for the movie.
Overall, a stupendous movie worth every penny.
Rating: 8.8 / 10
Reasons to watch:
1) Story & Screenplay
2) Story & Screenplay
3) Story & Screenplay
Reasons to skip:
1) Can be considered a DVD movie.
Repeat value: 1 more time.