(The Story, 2)
directed by Sujoy Ghosh
Vidya Balan as Vidya Sinha/Durga Rani Singh
Arjun Rampal as Sub-inspector Inderjeet Singh
Naisha Khanna as Child Minnie Dewan
Tunisha Sharma as Young Minnie
Jugal Hansraj as Mohit Dewan
Mohan's Measure ✳ ✳ ✳
Her name is that of an old movie star, Vidya Sinha. She lies in a coma in run-down hospital as a cop investigates her story through one of the only good pieces of evidence he can find, her diary.
Kaahani 2 has the same dark, complex setting of Kolkatta for its story, but it is not a sequel. Instead, it is the story of yet another strong woman who makes a tryst with destiny to gain justice. Vidya Balan is truly brilliant in her role as Vidya Sinha, who turns out to be Durga Rani Singh, ex-wife to the investigating officer, SI Singh. Through her words, we learn of her strength, her dark secret, and her obsession to heal old wounds, no doubt vicariously, by saving the life of a young girl; a child with her own dark secret eulogized on paper as repetitive circles.
We have to read past the story and the sometimes exaggerated plot twists to see a message here, a powerful message about yet another tabooed discussion in India's propriety-driven society. For as Ms. Singh tells us, child abusers are normal people to everyone else, educated, cultured, part and parcel of mainstream society. What is hidden behind their four walls is something only the child really knows and suffers through, over and over again, like the circles in Minnie's drawings.
Over the top top though it may be, much like the original, to end suffering and cruelty, a goddess needs to awaken. This time, from a coma to save a child.