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|Directed by||Sujoy Ghosh|
|Produced by||Sujoy Ghosh
Kushal Kantilal Gada
|Written by||Ritesh Shah
|Screenplay by||Sujoy Ghosh
|Story by||Sujoy Ghosh
|Editing by||Namrata Rao|
|Studio||Boundscript Motion Pictures|
|Distributed by||Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Pen India Pvt.Ltd
|Release date(s)||9 March 2012|
|Running time||128 minutes|
|Budget||8 crore (US$1.6 million)|
|Box office||75 crore (US$14.96 million)|
The film opens with a poison-gas attack on a Kolkata Metro Rail compartment, killing the passengers on board. Two years after the incident, a London-based pregnant software engineer Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), arrives in Kolkata during the period of preparation for the Durga Puja. She is looking for her missing husband Arnab Bagchi and is offered support from Satyaki Sinha/Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee), a junior police officer from Kalighat Police Station. Although Arnab came to Kolkata on an assignment for the National Data Center (NDC), initial probes suggest that no person named Arnab Bagchi came to work in NDC, or stayed in the guesthouse that Arnab had described to Vidya during their phone conversations.
Agnes D'mello, head of human resources at NDC, suggests to Vidya that her husband resembled Milan Damji (Indraneil Sengupta), an ex-employee of NDC. She told Vidya that she would try to obtain his records from NDC's old office. Before she could do so, however, Agnes is killed by Bob Biswas (Saswata Chatterjee), an assassin who works undercover as a life insurance agent. Vidya, assisted by Rana, breaks into the old office of NDC to collect documents on Damji. They barely manage to escape a close brush with Bob who was also looking for the documents.
Meanwhile, the attempts to obtain Damji's records rattle two high ranking Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials: the IB chief K. Bhaskaran (Dhritiman Chatterjee) and his deputy Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Khan arrives at Kolkata and reveals that Damji was an IB agent who had gone rogue and was responsible for the poison-gas attack on the Kolkata Metro. Khan warns Vidya not to get involved into the matter as he suspects a mole in the system. Vidya, fearing Arnab's resemblance with Milan has led Arnab into trouble, continues her relentless search. Bhaskaran tries to get help from a top retired IB officer Colonel Bajpai (Darshan Jariwala) who declines to take up the matter.
The residential address on Damji's record lead Vidya and Rana to a dilapidated flat. The errand boy of the neighborhood tea stall, Poltu, informs them that the resident of that flat occasionally had a visitor. On Vidya's request Paresh, an artist and a police-informer, provides them with some details about Damji being wounded about two years ago and was apparently treated by Dr. Ganguly. But before Dr. Ganguly could provide them more information, he is killed by Bob.
Goddess Durga shown during the Durga Puja festival
Poltu then identifies R. Sridhar, a technology officer of NDC, as the person who had visited Damji's flat. Sridhar instructs Bob to kill Vidya. After a failed attempt to kill her in crowded alleyways, Bob is run over by a tempo during a chase. Examination of Bob's mobile phone leads them to an IP address sending instructions to kill her. Vidya and Rana break into Sridhar's office to verify his IP address. However, Sridhar is alerted electronically, and returns back to his office pursuing the duo but Vidya shoots Sridhar accidentally. Khan is upset as they wanted Sridhar alive. Khan reveals that Rana has been working for him. To avoid any alert to the culprits who supposedly have reach to the higher echelons of the investigation bureau, Khan planned the entire investigation without letting Vidya know, as she being pregnant, would not generate much suspicion as the police or investigation bureau would, had done the investigation themselves. Although not happy at being used as a ploy, Vidya agrees to help Khan on his request. Further examination of Sridhar's computer reveals a code which is deciphered to be Bhaskaran's phone number. As per Khan's instructions, Vidya calls Bhaskaran to tell him that she has got hold of sensitive documents from Sridhar's office and if Bhaskaran helped Vidya to find out her husband, she would hand over the documents to Bhaskaran. Bhaskaran nonchalantly tells Vidya to contact the local police as he is not associated with this. However, within a few minutes, Vidya gets a call from an unknown number, warning her that she should hand over the documents to the caller if she wishes to see her husband alive.
As per the instruction of the caller, Vidya, goes to meet Damji at Triangular Park during Durga Puja celebrations. Rana learns that Khan has risked Vidya's life, as Damji will inevitably kill her as she knows his identity and fugitive status. He follows her surreptitiously along with Khan. Between their conversations and negotiations about the documents and the whereabouts of her husband, Damji attacks Vidya hitting her in the abdomen. He points at Vidya to kill her, but is immediately thwarted by the prosthetic abdomen which Vidya has been using to fake her pregnancy. She kills a baffled Damji and flees in the crowd before the arrival of police, leaving a thank you note for Rana and a pen drive containing data from Sridhar's computer. Rana, based on several past incidences, deduces to Khan that no Vidya or Arnab Bagchi ever existed. It is she who has been using the police and IB for her motive. The data from the drive leads to Bhaskaran's arrest.
Vidya, is revealed as the widow of Arup Basu (Abir Chatterjee), an IB officer and a colleague of Damji, who was killed in the poison-gas attack, while trying to locate the poisonous bottle. In her mission, Vidya was helped by Colonel Bajpai, who suspected the involvement of some top IB officials in the attack. Meanwhile, Rana watches a candle light vigil to those who died in the attack.
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