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Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh
Kahaani 2 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySujoy Ghosh
Produced bySujoy Ghosh
Kushal Gada
Written bySujoy Ghosh
Ritesh Shah (dialogues)
Screenplay bySujoy Ghosh
Story bySujoy Ghosh
Suresh Nair
StarringVidya Balan
Arjun Rampal
Music byClinton Cerejo
CinematographyTapan Basu
Edited byNamrata Rao
Boundscript Motion Pictures
Pen India Limited
Distributed byPen India Limited (India)
Eros International (some overseas territories)[1][2]
Release date
  • 2 December 2016 (2016-12-02)[3]
Running time
128 minutes[4]
Budget41 crore (US$5.9 million)[5]
Box officeest. 54.79 crore (US$7.9 million)[6]

Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (or simply Kahaani 2, English: Story 2) is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film directed by Sujoy Ghosh and produced by Ghosh and Jayantilal Gada.[7] A sequel to the 2012 film Kahaani, the film features Arjun Rampal and Vidya Balan in lead roles, and Jugal Hansraj and Kharaj Mukherjee in supporting roles.[8] Kahaani 2 is the story of Durga Rani Singh, who is charged with kidnapping and murder.

Principal photography took place from March 2016 to May 2016.[9][10] The film was released on 2 December 2016.[3] It was declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh on 15 December 2016.[11] At the 62nd Filmfare Awards, Balan received a Best Actress nomination for her performance.


Vidya Sinha (Vidya Balan) is a middle-class working mother who lives in Chandan Nagar, West Bengal with her teenage daughter Minnie (Tunisha Sharma), who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. Minnie is a happy child and Vidya dotes on her, working hard to save money so that she can take Minnie to America in the hope that the girl will walk again.

One day, Vidya returns home in the evening to find her daughter is missing. Vidya then receives a call from an unknown man asking her to come to an address if she does not want to see Mini dead. When she crosses the road, a taxi knocks her down, sending her into a coma. The taxi driver takes her to a nursing home run by Dr. Maity (Pradip Mukherjee). Police Sub-Inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) is put on Vidya's case. He visits Vidya's home and finds her diary, which he takes as evidence. Inderjeet's senior, Pranab Halder (Kharaj Mukherjee), informs him that a woman named Durga Rani Singh is wanted for a kidnapping and murder case.

As Inderjeet reads Vidya's diary, her past is revealed. She worked as a clerk in a school in Kalimpong as Durga Rani Singh. She is friendly with Arun (Tota Roychoudhury) and Arun has feelings for her. At school, she noticed that a student named Minnie Dewan (Naisha Khanna) was always punished for sleeping during classes. When after repeated attempts at befriending reclusive Minnie fail, Durga decides to visit Minnie's grandmother (Amba Sanyal), pretending to be a teacher. Durga's worst fears come true when Minnie confides that her uncle Mohit Dewan (Jugal Hansraj) was sexually abusing her. It is now clear from Durga's diary that she was also a survivor of child sex abuse and she informs Minnie's grandmother but she admonishes her. Durga tries to file a case with the police. But after an investigation made by a Police Officer (Koushik Sen), he finds Mohit Dewan (Jugal Hansraj) innocent and doesn't believe Durga. Minnie jumps off the terrace in desperation and becomes paralyzed from the waist down. A policewoman (Gargi Bharadwaj), taking the side of Minnie's grandmother, threatens Durga not to pursue the matter. Durga decides to save Minnie from her family and has a fight with her grandmother, who gets killed accidentally in the incident. Durga flees with Minnie, settling in Chandan Nagar, with a new name, Vidya Sinha. But Mohit hunts them down and gets Minnie kidnapped with the help of the police woman.

In the present, the kidnapper policewoman comes to the nursing home and threatens Vidya to pay ransom to save Minnie, who has been kidnapped by Mohit and her. Terrified, Vidya escapes from the hospital after recovering from the coma and returns home in search of the address that the kidnapper asked her to come to. She is caught by Halder and Inderjeet at her home. However, she is successful in escaping from there, as she shoots Inderjeet in his arm. Vidya then arrives at Kolkata, where she goes to the docks as ordered by Mohit. Vidya offers to pay the ransom to the kidnapper policewoman. Mohit shoots the policewoman when she takes interest in the ransom money. He then tries to strangulate Vidya, but is shot dead by Minnie, who picked up his fallen revolver. Vidya then calls Inderjeet to seek his help, but Haldar and other police officer ask Inderjeet to call her to a place where they can arrest her. Inderjeet asks Vidya to come to his paternal house, where they are surrounded by the police force. Halder tries to come near to Vidya, but she shoots him in the leg. Later, she sets the house on fire.

It is finally revealed that Vidya's real name is Durga Rani Singh and she was married to Inderjeet Singh at a very young age, but got separated later. Durga after recovering from the coma asked Inderjeet for his help and they planned her escape. It was Inderjeet, who helped Durga in arranging the real passports for Vidya and her adopted daughter. He helped her in escaping to Kolkata in the police Ambassador car, inside the car trunk, and he helped her escape from the burning house.

It is seen that Durga is alive, (who is believed to be dead by the police) and is traveling to New York City for Minnie's operation. Inderjeet is seen happily driving with his family.



In March 2012, Ghosh announced that he intended to develop Kahaani into a series. He was inspired by Satyajit Ray's Feluda detective series and wanted to continue the stories of Vidya Bagchi on similar lines, with Vidya Balan reprising the role.[16] The shooting of Kahaani 2 was scheduled to begin in 2013,[17] but in July 2013 differences arose between Sujoy Ghosh and other co-producers.[18] In February 2014, Vidya announced that the film was not happening due to these differences,[19] but two years later, Ghosh confirmed that the film was in pre-production with Vidya set to reprise her role.[20] The film, titled Kahaani 2, began filming in March 2016 with Arjun Rampal and Vidya in lead roles.[9]

In October 2016, upon its teaser release, the film was renamed as Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh.[21] Initially, Durga Rani Singh was intended to be a standalone film with actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,[22] but, as the story is too similar to Kahaani franchise, makers has included the project as a sequel to Kahaani.[23][24]

It was later revealed by Balan and Ghosh that, this film is not a sequel to Kahaani released in 2012, but a next installment of the Kahaani franchise.[25]


Critical reception[edit]

Hindustan Times gave the film 4 stars out of five.[26] The Times of India gave the film 3 and half stars out of five.[27] India Today gave the film 2 and half stars out of five.[28] The Indian Express gave the film 2 stars out of five.[29] Firstpost gave the film 2 stars out of five.[30]

Box office[edit]

On its first day, the film collected 4.25 crore (US$610,000) from India, and, in its opening weekend, it grossed 16.97 crore (US$2.5 million).[6]

Award and nominations[edit]


Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The music was composed by Clinton Cerejo.

All lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya except for "Anandoloke" song, written by Rabindranath Tagore.

Kahaani 2
1."Mehram"Arijit Singh4:41
2."Lamhon Ke Rasgulle"Sunidhi Chauhan, Bianca Gomes3:21
3."Anandoloke"Clinton Cerejo3:05
4."Aaur Main Khush Hoon"Ash King3:49


The producers have confirmed plans to release a second sequel.[32][33][34][35]


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