The Unusual Investigator


Director Sujoy Ghosh

Starring Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengupta

The Plot
The movie opens with a terrorist attack: poison gas released in a Kolkata metro, killing many. Cut to a pregnant Vidya Venkatesan Bagchi who lands in Kolkata right in the middle of the festival season, looking for her husband who had come in from London on an assignment at the National Data Centre. However, nobody in Kolkata has ever heard of him. She forms a bond with Satyaki, a policeman who becomes her Man Friday. Checking into the same room and lodge where her husband claimed to be living, she visits the NDC, ruffling some feathers. The ripples hit the Intelligence Bureau and people start dying. By then she suspects that her husband had two identities. By the time we reach the end, we see that the plot is a set of Matryoshka dolls.


By Mona J

+3 To The Chemical Terror Attack. Terrorists in this movie think beyond bombs and guns. Plus two for not blaming videshi taaqat ka haath or bringing in religion.

+10 To Vidya Balan, who finally got her own great movie. Where the story and the filmmaking were at par with her acting, unlike her last brilliant performance (The Dirty Picture). Fourth time hit the spot.

-10 To The Dialogue. The small talk and banter could have been smarter. But, plus four to the costumes and make-up.

-4 To The Rest Of The Cast and some of it is not even their fault. Irrfan was just running too fast for them to keep up with him.

-4 To The Background Score. Way too much horror or psy-thriller while the movie was a terrorist conspiracy spy thriller! Remember: spies and terrorists are NOT ghosts.

+10 To Sujoy Ghosh for taking the risks that a storyteller in mainstream cinema is warned against, the biggest of all being: a story centered around one woman. Also, Sujoy: Is Vidya’s Kolkatisation to Bidya Bagchi a Stan Lee reference?

+10 To The Cinematography And The Editing. Killer shots cut together into a beautiful telling of the story. We experience the heat, the festive claustrophobia and the suspense.

+10 To Saswata Chatterjee As Bob Biswas, the contract killer and Parambrata Chatterjee as Satyaki Sinha. Thank god for not casting known Bollywood faces in the central roles. Their freshness adds to the story’s impact.

+3 Because The Greatest Trick Vidya Bagchi Ever Pulled was convincing Kolkata that she did exist. So, by applying the law of inverses to storytelling, she becomes The Unusual Investigator?


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