Kahaani 2 “KAHAANI-2” is a taut thriller but lacks the punch! Carrying the same suspenseful flavour as its predecessor, this second instalment from Sujoy Ghosh (NOT a sequel) is a gripping drama that constantly keeps you on your feet. However, unlike the 2012 thriller, the plot is flimsy and the suspense is somehow evident from the half-way mark. Nevertheless, with an absorbing narrative, the film warrants atleast one watch. Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) and her daughter Mini live peacefully in the sleepy town of Chandan Nagore. However, life has other plans; as Mini is kidnapped and while trying to locate her daughter, Vidya meets with a terrible accident landing her in a state of coma at the hospital. When Inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) arrives at the hospital in a response to the hit and run case, little does he expect the turn of events. As he investigates, he discovers that Vidya Sinha may not be all she appears. There is a dark past, which is linking her to Durga Rani Singh- a 36-year-old WANTED criminal on the run for Kidnapping and Murder. What follows is an edge of the seat suspense drama where Vidya who lies in a state of coma is running against time to save her daughter and Inderjeet tries to solve the case of Vidya Sinha's mysterious past. Sujoy Ghosh's screenplay is the winner here. Brilliantly paced and deliciously coy, the film makes sure it gives out nothing easily. It creates just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep you wanting for more. At the interval, your intrigue levels are at their peak and I'm sure you will also eagerly await the resumption post the intermission break. But it's the second half that almost instantly gives away the core suspense in the drama that is disclosed right in the end. It's the lack of conviction in the drama post interval that causes the undoing. That spoils the show to an extent. That said, it's not as if this revelation was all you were waiting to see. There are several other developments which do manage to beat your assumptions and keep you glued throughout. The script however has gaping holes in it. Alright it's absorbing, but its core lacks the meat. If you benchmark it with the first one, this one falls short, in terms of the story as well as the culmination. The climax fails to satisfy you as much as that of its predecessor. The performances are top-class. Vidya Balan keeps the film alive with her magnetic presence. She depicts the chaos within her character with finesse and you're induced into believing her all the time. Arjun Rampal too is quite composed throughout. But it's his portrayal in the second half which gives away the suspense. That, I assume, might not be his fault, but of the Director's, who made him do so. Naisha Khanna playing the little girl is convincing and so is Jugal Hansraj playing her abusive uncle. Tunisha Sharma playing Mini's adolescent version looks pretty and does a good job too. In all, KAHAANI 2 fails to match up to the 2012 KAHAANI, but is still a pretty solid thriller that deserves a watch.