Kahaani 2 (2016)

Hindi 1 hrs 59 mins Thriller, Sequel
Critics Score
Total Reviews: 96
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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)
Cast: Vidya Balan , Arjun Rampal , Jugal Hansraj
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Release Date: 02 Dec 2016
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 - Top 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
Mayank Shekhar, Mid-Day
Vidya Balan shines in riveting thriller
Saibal Chatterjee, 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...
Manisha Lakhne, Nowrunning
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.
Anupama Chopra, 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...
Manisha Lakhne, Now Running
Vidya Balan's Performance Powers The Film
Rajeev Masand, 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, 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
Raja Sen, Rediff
Toasting motherhood!
Sonia Chopra, Sify
There'€™s a lot to like here, but consistency isn'€™t one of its strengths
Rajeev Masand, BookMyShow
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.
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan’s performance is the saving grace of this predictable thriller
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Vidya Balan Is Compelling, Arjun Rampal Effective
Vidya Balan shines in riveting thriller
Saibal Chatterjee, Deccan Herald

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Kahaani 2 - All Reviews

‘Kahaani 2’ Is Gripping and Vidya Balan Is Good
The Quint
Durga Rani Singh’ fails to keep up the momentum in the second half
Lata Jha, Live Mint
‘Kahaani 2’ Is No Sequel To ‘Kahaani’ & Even Vidya Balan Can’t Save It
Rajyasree Sen, Scoop Whoop
A tale of justice redemption ! From a master story teller !
Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini
विद्या बालन की ये कहानी डबल दमदार है
One of Vidya Balan’s best!
Arnab Banerjee, 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'
Suparno Sarkar, IB Times
Kahaani 2 is creepier, gloomier and darker than its predecessor
Shreemi Verma, Miss Malini
Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal are terrific in this engaging thriller
BollywoodLife, Bollywood Life
Kahaani 2 attempts to make the horrors of child sexual abuse its central theme; sadly, it falls short
Maya Palit, First Post
Maybe we need another Ishqiya to bring her dark-black mojo back.
Trisha Gupta, 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
Aravind, Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
Vidya Balan aces once more with her acting
Devesh Sharma, Film Fare
Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror
Not a mother of all stories
Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle
Kahaani 2 with Vidya Balan is Smart and Suspenseful
ANUJ RADIA, Desi Blitz
Kahaani 2 Could Have Been A Fantastic Thriller But For Some Obvious Loopholes, But Balan Makes It Worth Your While
Shubha Shetty Saha, 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.
Radhika Das, 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.
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
The stunning narrative infusing more mystery and more drama in audience'€™s wits is what Sujoy Ghosh is known for.
Shiva, 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.
Aditya Shrikrishna, 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.
Source, Sen City
Sujoy Ghosh builds tension well, but flounders in the unravelling of the suspense.
Vidya Balan is the hero in this thriller
Ananya Bhattacharya, 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.
Kaveree Bamzai, 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.
Manavi Kapur, Rediff
A Thriller That Could Have Been Better
Joginder Tuteja, 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
Deepa Gauri, Khaleej Times
Vidya and Arjun's rock solid performances let down by a lethargic second half!
Tushar P. Joshi, DNA India
Buoyed by Vidya Balan's terrific act
Vishal Verma, Glam Sham
Better than Prequel!
Diksha Sharma, In Tabloid
न सस्पेंस, न थ्रिल, एवरेज है 'कहानी 2'
Narendra Saini, Aaj Tak
Knots come undone at the finish line
Prithviraj Dev, 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
Vickey Lalwani, Spot Boye
Vidya is a fine actor, no doubt, but she doesn'€™t surprise us with anything extraordinary.
Lokesh Dharmani, Masala!
Buoyed by Vidya Balan's terrific act
Vishal Verma, Bollywood Trade
A Mother Who Would Do Anything To Keep The Promise She Made To Her Daughter
Sangya Lakhanpal, Spot Boye
Vidya Balan’s Magic Makes ‘Kahaani 2’ a Worthy Successor
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
‘Kahaani 2’ is an almost-convincing yarn of crime and punishment
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
Vidya Balan delivers in a thriller without thrills
Suhani Singh, India Today
For a film that builds up wonderfully, '€œKahaani 2 '€“ Durga Rani Singh'€ fails to finish off in style.
Reuters, Myrepublica
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...
Divya P, 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.
Roshan H Nair, Deccan Herald
Another classy piece of work this year from Clinton Cerejo
Vipin, Music Aloud
Vidya Balan is a scene stealer while Arjun Rampal’s performance stays with you
Gaurang Chauhan, Bollywood Life
Decent Standalone Thriller, so Why Call It a Sequel?
R.M. Vijayakar, India West
Sujoy Ghosh tries to reassemble ‘Kahaani’ with mixed results
Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
No doubt Kahaani broke new ground. As a rule franchise installments rarely meet the standards set by the first.
Nonika Singh, Chandigarh Tribune
India New England
Vidya Balan is on auto pilot mode in this thrilling ride
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times
Nail-Biting Thriller
Rag Mayur, Chitra Mala
The points Kahaani 2 has to make about childhood sexual abuse are important, but occasionally heavy-handed
Source, Filmi Geek
Her fear, angst and protectiveness towards her daughter is beautifully captured.
Rajat Tripathi, Bollywood Life
विद्या बालन के लिए देखिए 'कहानी 2'
Surendra Hussain, Aaj Tak
Durga Rani Singh......Predictable story
Vinod Mirani, Indian Television
Vidya Balan is riveting in thriller that's let down by its second half
Renil Abraham, First Post
Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal fail to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Prathamesh Jadhav, India.Com
Kahaani 2' Falls Victim To Bad Writing And High Expectations
Murtaza Ali Khan, 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.
Udita Jhunjhunwala, 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
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Thriller with a cause
Kahaani 2 comes across as a dark thriller that addresses a sensitive subject backed with fantastic performances.
Source, 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.
Meena Iyer, Times of India
What keeps you immersed in this film is the captivating story, tight plot-line and powerful performances.
Santa Banta, Santa Banta
Kahaani 2 Is Darker And Creepier, But The Kahaani Mein Twist Is Missing
Aniruddha Guha, Mens XP
Vidya Balan owns this creepy, edgy thriller.
Chriselle Lobo, BookMyShow
Vidya Balan is lovely but Sujoy Ghosh's climax is a let-down
Anna MM Vetticad, 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
Rumanna Ahmad, Yahoo!