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Hehe, I fell hook, line and sinker for the puzzle so it totally worked for me. I can't even imagine what it must be like to watch it for the first time if you've figured out the truth! Will definitely have to watch more closely with the DVD. SPOILER:***Even if you figure out the identity though, didn't the flashbacks throw you off? That was my main complaint, along with a few others (like the logic of the photo).***END SPOILER

Agree about the Durga puja - it was done brilliantly, getting the point across without overdoing it. I also loved Vidya way more in this than TDP which I thought was a bit more of a "theatrical" performance. But in Kahaani, the nuances of vulnerability plus determination and finally ruthlessness - perfection!


I had some problems with TDP as a film, I'll confess -- found it more undermining to women than it was empowering, and I think Vidya's great performance was despite a lacklustre, uneven script. I think she's much better served by the story here, and that anchors her performance beautifully.


I think the flashbacks are a sore point for many -- they're one example of audience manipulation for the sake of the story, and it's a fine line a director walks on when he/she does that. I think the moment I twigged as to what was going on, I remembered there was one character unaccounted for, and then all the pieces fell into place, though I had to make the decision that the flashbacks are seen through the eyes of those of us hearing Vidya's retelling of them, and not through her eyes (and this is precisely what my husband did, too, when I asked him about them). I read an excellent piece about the flashbacks, in which the writer points out that they wouldn't actually be problematic in a print version of the story, it's only in the visual medium where they are deceptive and thus manipulative. But it's kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situtation for the director -- do you leave the flashbacks out? Do you leave them in, but make the identity of the husband kind of obscure -- but that, of course, is another giveaway.

All that said, I wasn't disappointed, it was more that I wasn't surprised and the climax was merely a confirmation of what I'd puzzled out, and there's still something satisfying about that.


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