Kahaani 2 has opened to a positive response on Day One of its release. While cinema halls were not packed to their capacity in the morning show, people appreciated the suspense drama starring Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal in the lead. We visited Fun Cinemas in Andheri, Mumbai, which saw about 90 people turning up to watch the first show and they were largely happy with the film.
“The suspense is quite good and right till the end it kept us guessing and engaged. Nowhere does the film dips in pace and there is no unnecessary song and dance drama. It’s tightly knit and made for an exciting watch. Sujoy Ghosh has done a good job,” said a member of the audience.
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While the suspense arrested the attention of some people, there were others at another multiplex who felt it was quite predictable. Said a viewer, “The film had a predictable end as you can guess what was really happening.”
Performance wise, it was the redoubtable Vidya Balan who led from the front. The actor wowed audience with yet another power-packed performance. Said a female viewer, “Vidya amazingly internalises the victim’s pain to make it her own and that makes us empathise too. Full marks to Vidya for her brilliant portrayal.”
“Vidya is one actor who doesn’t need to cake up her face with makeup and look pretty to act. She just knows how to act well and Kahaani 2 proves that yet again,” opined another viewer.
Handsome hunk Arjun Rampal’s cop act also drew good praise. “He has a good role. He looks good and delivers a measured performance. But this is and out-and-out Vidya Balan show,” remarked another viewer. There were mixed reactions when asked to draw comparisons between Kahaani and Kahaani 2. While majority felt Kahaani was way better, there were a few who gave Kahaani 2 a bigger thumbs up.
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Let’s wait and see if the weekend will bring good business for Kahaani 2 and Bollywood.