Kahaani 2 (2016)

Hindi 1 hrs 59 mins Thriller, Sequel
69 %
Total Reviews: 96
Sahi: 66 Nahi: 30

Review Summary: 'Kahaani 2' has an intriguing plot, taut execution and a solid performance from Vidya Balan. However, as a thriller it doesn't have the staying power of the original

Average Critic Rating: (2.96)
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Release Date:
Est. Budget: 35.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 26.0 CR

Plot: Vidya is an overworked single mother who dotes on her physically challenged teenage daughter. They live in a sleepy, small town near Kolkata. It feels like a safe haven. But then Vidya’s daughter Mini suddenly disappears, Vidya is knocked down by a car and we are plunged into the heart... Read more

Kahaani 2 - Movie Reviews

The uniformly dark, grim and grainy texture of this film, and a slightly pacey background score kicking in right from the first scene, provides you an adequate sense of anticipation, soon as you block your seat in the theatre. And I don't mean this in a 'Run
Vidya Balan shines in riveting thriller
PTI News
In a small town of Chandan Nagar, a young girl is kidnapped and her mother is distraught. But the police think the mother is the dreaded kidnapper and a murderer to boot. The cops run around in circles trying to figure out the truth. One police officer is not convinced that the mother could not be a kidnapper, and attempts to prove her innocent. The truth lies somewhere in between...
I still recommend that you see the film — for that killer first-half and for the brilliance of Balan. This might be a flawed franchise, but I’m looking forward to Kahaani 3.
Hindustan Times
In a small town of Chandan Nagar, a young girl is kidnapped and her mother is distraught. But the police think the mother is the dreaded kidnapper and a murderer to boot. The cops run around in circles trying to figure out the truth. One police officer is not convinced that the mother could not be a kidnapper, and attempts to prove her innocent. The truth lies somewhere in between...
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Vidya Balan's Performance Powers The Film
News 18
Vidya Balan is compelling while Arjun Rampal is effective
There’s a lot to like here, but consistency isn’t one of its strengths
Rajeev Masand
The actors are good and Sujoy Ghosh is tremendous at creating a textured Bengal setting, but this is a thriller which could have used more twists and smarts
Toasting motherhood!
There'€™s a lot to like here, but consistency isn'€™t one of its strengths
Kahaani 2 feels like a meal that begins with appetisers in a Michelin-star restaurant and ends with dessert in a dhaba. It'€™s unsatisfying.
Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan’s performance is the saving grace of this predictable thriller
Indian Express
Vidya Balan Is Compelling, Arjun Rampal Effective
Vidya Balan shines in riveting thriller
Deccan Herald
‘Kahaani 2’ Is Gripping and Vidya Balan Is Good
The Quint
Durga Rani Singh’ fails to keep up the momentum in the second half
Live Mint
‘Kahaani 2’ Is No Sequel To ‘Kahaani’ & Even Vidya Balan Can’t Save It
Scoop Whoop
A tale of justice redemption ! From a master story teller !
Desi Martini
विद्या बालन की ये कहानी डबल दमदार है
One of Vidya Balan’s best!
Asian Age
Director Sujoy Ghosh spins a gripping tale, with top notch performances by Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal
A film NOT to be missed!
Box Office India
Will break your heart, grip your senses
Business Standard
But for a film that builds up wonderfully, “Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh” fails to finish off in style.
Less impressive than the first movie but surely 'paisa vasool'
IB Times
Kahaani 2 is creepier, gloomier and darker than its predecessor
Miss Malini
Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal are terrific in this engaging thriller
Bollywood Life
Kahaani 2 attempts to make the horrors of child sexual abuse its central theme; sadly, it falls short
First Post
Maybe we need another Ishqiya to bring her dark-black mojo back.
Mumbai Mirror
Kahaani 2... is not a patch on Kahaani — in any which way, except for Vidya Balan. She is as brilliant and as solid as ever, this time as Durga Rani Singh.
Daily Pioneer
If you have not watched a mystery and thriller movie in a long time, then watch Kahaani 2
Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
Vidya Balan aces once more with her acting
Film Fare
Mumbai Mirror
Not a mother of all stories
Deccan Chronicle
Kahaani 2 with Vidya Balan is Smart and Suspenseful
Desi Blitz
Kahaani 2 Could Have Been A Fantastic Thriller But For Some Obvious Loopholes, But Balan Makes It Worth Your While
India Times
On the whole KAHAANI 2: DURGA RANI SINGH comes across as a dark thriller that addresses a sensitive subject backed with fantastic performances.
Oye! Times
Overall, ‘Kahaani 2’ is a complicatedly crafted film that becomes absolutely terrifying at times. It deserves a watch from fans of thriller movies.
Millenium Post
Movie fails to impress, Vidya’s acting fetches all praise
North Bridge Times
The music is strictly situational and one waits to see how it is incorporated in the film for better impact.
Bollywood Hungama
The stunning narrative infusing more mystery and more drama in audience'€™s wits is what Sujoy Ghosh is known for.
Press KS
I really wanted to see more of Inderjeet’s senior, a far more interesting loudmouth. To watch him solve this case would be spiritual cleansing.
New Indian Express
Ghosh throws in too much red herring bhaaja and, teasing twists that could have given us some final drama, shies away from a satisfying finish.
Sen City
Sujoy Ghosh builds tension well, but flounders in the unravelling of the suspense.
The Hindu
Vidya Balan is the hero in this thriller
India Today
Vidya Balan's Durga Rani Singh is a welcome addition to the increasingly visible pantheon of women who just won’t stay quiet in Bollywood.
Daily O
But if you're someone who hasn't seen the first installment, and thus, have little or no expectations from it, it might surprise you with its simple, clean shots and a fair script.
A Thriller That Could Have Been Better
Movie Talkies
‘Kahaani 2’ may not be as impressive as its predecessor ‘Kahaani’, but the movie makes for an engaging watch and has the ability to give goosbumps.
KAHAANI 2 Is Pulsating Thriller
Box Office Capsule
Caught in two turfs, Kahaani 2 ends up predictable
Khaleej Times
Vidya and Arjun's rock solid performances let down by a lethargic second half!
DNA India
Buoyed by Vidya Balan's terrific act
Glam Sham
Better than Prequel!
In Tabloid
न सस्पेंस, न थ्रिल, एवरेज है 'कहानी 2'
Aaj Tak
Knots come undone at the finish line
The Statesman
Go for this Vidya Balan-centric one and you won't come out complaining. Better not take your cellphone if you want to enjoy it to the hilt
Spot Boye
Vidya is a fine actor, no doubt, but she doesn'€™t surprise us with anything extraordinary.
Buoyed by Vidya Balan's terrific act
Bollywood Trade
A Mother Who Would Do Anything To Keep The Promise She Made To Her Daughter
Spot Boye
Vidya Balan’s Magic Makes ‘Kahaani 2’ a Worthy Successor
The Quint
‘Kahaani 2’ is an almost-convincing yarn of crime and punishment
Vidya Balan delivers in a thriller without thrills
India Today
For a film that builds up wonderfully, '€œKahaani 2 '€“ Durga Rani Singh'€ fails to finish off in style.
Vidya's filmy ride isn't the thrill show you signed up for!
Pink Villa
After the debacles of Ghanchakkar and Humari Adhuri Kahaani, Vidya Balan is back and how!
Maa-beti love in thriller mode...
Manorama Online
The acting, the setting and the way it captures Kalimpong is great, but the ending, the humour, and the plot twists leave the audience wanting more.
Deccan Herald
Another classy piece of work this year from Clinton Cerejo
Music Aloud
Vidya Balan is a scene stealer while Arjun Rampal’s performance stays with you
Bollywood Life
Decent Standalone Thriller, so Why Call It a Sequel?
India West
Sujoy Ghosh tries to reassemble ‘Kahaani’ with mixed results
Live Mint
No doubt Kahaani broke new ground. As a rule franchise installments rarely meet the standards set by the first.
Chandigarh Tribune
India New England
Vidya Balan is on auto pilot mode in this thrilling ride
Hindustan Times
Nail-Biting Thriller
Chitra Mala
The points Kahaani 2 has to make about childhood sexual abuse are important, but occasionally heavy-handed
Filmi Geek
Her fear, angst and protectiveness towards her daughter is beautifully captured.
Bollywood Life
विद्या बालन के लिए देखिए 'कहानी 2'
Aaj Tak
Durga Rani Singh......Predictable story
Indian Television
Vidya Balan is riveting in thriller that's let down by its second half
First Post
Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal fail to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Kahaani 2' Falls Victim To Bad Writing And High Expectations
Huffington Post
She gets you every time she recoils from a man'€™s touch, or reaches out to connect with a troubled six year old.
Business of Cinema
Gripping performances
Financial Express
Kahaani 2 is an excellently crafted thriller, which is bogged down by the curse of the second half. It’s nonetheless a good weekend watch
Koi Moi
Thriller with a cause
The Hindu
Kahaani 2 comes across as a dark thriller that addresses a sensitive subject backed with fantastic performances.
Bollywood Hungama
Vidya, shorn of make-up and glamour breezes through her dual role in autopilot mode. Arjun impresses as the cop hankering for a promotion and is believable as the husband. If you have an appetite for thrillers (albeit, with some flaws) give this one a try.
Times of India
What keeps you immersed in this film is the captivating story, tight plot-line and powerful performances.
Santa Banta
Kahaani 2 Is Darker And Creepier, But The Kahaani Mein Twist Is Missing
Mens XP
Vidya Balan owns this creepy, edgy thriller.
Vidya Balan is lovely but Sujoy Ghosh's climax is a let-down
First Post
Kahaani 2 with its steamed-up sense of foreboding and dread is the kind of devastating thriller that leaves us with a sense of tragic satiation
Bolly Spice
‘Kahaani 2’ is definitely watchable, but it lacks the shock and awe of its prequel