The response has been overwhelming. People are giving all kinds of feedback; movie-goers at cinemas love the film and the performances, especially by Vidya Balan. Obviously, there are comparisons with the
On the idea
After Kahaani, we started working on other stories but we did think of a sequel long ago. We were wondering how to take it forward. Also, everyone was expecting Kahaani 2. Expectations were very high and we kept on working on story ideas.
On approaching Vidya Balan
Sujoy had gone to meet her and she said she would take a day to reply. The next day, Sujoy called and said she wanted to talk. She was, like, ‘What have you done?’ I thought she didn’t like it. But she thought it was amazing and came on board right away. So she didn’t take a long time to say ‘yes’.
Right from day one, we knew there would be comparisons. That’s why we decided to work on a totally new story. We didn’t want the thrill element to seem forced just to maintain the first film’s style. In Kahaani, the thrill built up towards the end, so the moment she landed up in a new city, pregnant, the audience stayed with Vidya Bagchhi’s character. But with Kahaani 2, the story starts at the very beginning. And once we started writing, we didn’t go back to the original. Both films were designed separately. We made sure we didn’t revisit the first part; Kahaani 2 was a new story we wanted to tell.
Not repeating the actors
The script didn’t demand the same characters. We couldn’t repeat Nawazuddin as the cop and the script required Arjun Rampal to be cast. Similarly, the script did not require Bob Biswas’s character.
On drafting the script
It took us two years to complete the script. The idea was to not go overboard. In fact, our first draft was much darker and more disturbing. Many people have been asking why we didn’t show more of Arjun Rampal and Vidya Balan’s past but some things are best left to the imagination. If we had focused on that relationship, it could have turned into a love story.
On the subject
When you portray a story about child sexual abuse, you tread a fine line. The movie should send out a message and still not be disturbing.