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Film Review Talaash

Sunday, December 02, 2012 , 73 Comments

Your "Talaash" for a good suspense movie ends here.


Genre: Suspense Thriller
Director: Reema Kagti

I am going to try writing something that tells you a lot but give away nothing, except recommendation. 
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Mumbai wakes up to the news of accident and death of a popular film star- Arman Kapoor. He was neither drunk, nor chased by paparazzi or by any don. His accident comes as a mystery and there enters the capable, the strict  the determined Inspector, who is newly transferred to a police station which has seen many officers moving out of it in past- Suri Shekhawat to investigate the whole matter. Rest is a mystery that he needs to unfold scene by scene, interrogation by interrogation. Will he able to solve it or it too will confine in pages of closed files like other cases hitherto.What follows is a mystery thriller.

A young couple is struggling to cope up with the accidental death of their only son and resulted in an almost broken marriage and broken lines of communication.Their story had a history that they are not comfortable to let go off. Their present is not comfortable either and confront them with possibility of talking with their dead son. What follows is an essential part of the story.

A young street walker prospects a cop unknowingly and end up being his crucial informer. He insist her to come off this ugly trade but she resist until he helps her find her old friend who went missing during a client call, 3 yrs back. Her part speaks off the ugly truth of the dirty business of skin trade where people are pawns. The cop helps in getting the girlfriend of her dead agent to exit the dirty business. Her story? well that's a spiritual mystery and she prefers to tell it later.

A sleepless, bereaved man goes around the city in nights, meeting pimps and prostitutes. He is in constant attempt to come to terms with his life and meanwhile solve a mystery case.

A aqua-phile boy drowns to death while playing in water steamer with his co-age friend. While his friend is rescued by his parents, his body was no where to be found. He tries to speak to his father who dismiss the idea by calling his son dead but finally hears him through his letter to him.

A woman grappling with a profound loss, try to find solace through love and companionship of her husband who thinks she would be better off talking to a psychiatrist than talking to him. Poignant, helpless and alone, she seeks solace through a weird sounding neighbor.

And there is Sea Worli road, central character of the movie which is witness to many unresolved accidents and murders. The answers of all them, lies within, says the promos.

#Talaash is an amalgamation of stories above, all beautifully weaved in to an interesting suspense, mystery thriller that has hit Indian celluloid after a long time. This movie has a story and Plus point is that its not tacky too.

The film is well embossed with light music, good, hummable and meaningful lyrics. The track that I loked mots is- Muskaane jhooti hai
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Dialogues are crisp, performances are controlled. The hero of the film is story, cinematography and music.

The actors: Casting is another hero of the film. All the three lead actors- Aamir, Rani and Kareena did a commendable, balanced, well measured job. There wasn't any arrogance in Aamir's character nor any starry flamboyance in Kareena's Rosie, neither unnecessary hysteria in Rani's melancholia.

The supporting cast does a good job and are well included in the plot including the character of Shernaj Patel and Taimur, flawlessly played by Nawazuddin Siddique- the rocking star of Gangs of Wasseypur 2

The movie is definitely, dark, stark and hard hitting. Definitely not suitable for children below 15 yrs. A lot of mixed reviews about the film is doing rounds. Some called it great movie, some found it "drag and drop" and waste of money and there are people who are comparing this to Farah Khan's no brainer Joker and calling it equally bad film. Well, in my opinion, comparing Talaash to joker is like either trying to up the ante of a ridiculous and not even funny like Joker (an execution that killed the good concept) or trying to kill the prospect of Talaash (An execution that added to the concept). Both the movies belong to different genre. While Joker was a mindless comedy and Talaash, a mystery. 

Strength of Suspense: I was able to use my sense and guess the story exactly soon after the interval.  The movie was like a jigsaw puzzle requiring you to follow it scene by scene, dialogue by dialog to get the sense of story and signals by characters. However, I heard about many people who claim to grab the plot post first 10 mins at the beginning of the movie. Well all I can say about them is- pl join CIA or any other Intelligence service that will be helpful for the nation and it's well being.

Watch the movie trailer here

Talaash is gripping, tight, intriguing, sober and interesting. It ran into risk of getting dull in between, a treatment painfully done to build the story but the end leaves you a bit freaked out. My request to people who have already seen it, is to not reveal the plot and let others have their own experience watching and unraveling this suspense thriller.

My recommendation? Go watch on big screen, worth watching once. Who knows if you want to return to pick the pieces of jigsaw puzzle again? :)

Rating: 

****
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73 comments:

  1. From your review, it looks more like a psychological drama instead of a (or and) a mystery thriller.

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    1. SG, suspense stories needs to play on psychology....the mystery is psychedelic and their is psychology behind every mystery...

      I have done few changes/ additions in the review post waking up this morning form the deep slumber, do read and let me know :)

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  2. Psychedelic thriller... like 'frequency'. Your post is good.

    Happy to hear your views on my review.

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    1. Thanks Kunal..

      Read ur post too...well written!

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  3. Dekhna padega after the great review

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    1. Yeah Varsha...and do share your feedback!

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  4. I thought I would avoid this one coz I really don't have time for a movie because of a wedding in the family. But now, after reading this review, I know I am missing something :( Hope I catch it somehow.

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    1. Hmmm...Do watch it even if some one spoils the thrill to just see how they dismantled the puzzle and pieced them back.

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  5. I watched the movie, fantastic. But there were many people, who didn't like the movie. Where mindless comedies and movies that works on superficial style rake in mullahs, such kind of movies don't get many viewers. Iam glad you appreciated the movie. very nicely written review!

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    1. Thanks so much Meenakshi! I am glad that you liked the movie and my review too :)

      Yes, u r correct that we have ppl who like those mindless comic capers which r less comic n more sleazy...In such scenarios, movies like Talaash comes as good creative relief.

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  6. Some friends who saw the film came back a bit underwhelmed. I think Aamir has managed to set expectations from his films so high that if people don't see that in his film, they don't have very good things to say about it!

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    1. Agree...the kind of expectation that Aamir sets with his films esp wrt to his roles, that may not have come as strongly in this movie. It was through out lead actress' movie whose performances deliberately or unknowingly shadowed over his'.

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  7. Guessing the suspense in 10 minutes!?! Hahaha!
    I was able to get it when a certain character was killed with three bullets. That was the point at which I just knew. :) There were a lot of people in the cinema hall who were not able to guess it until it finally happened.
    Completely agree with your review. There is no problem in the movie but in the excessive hype Aamir's movies create.

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    1. Yup...a friend of mine informed me of the same and I was in splits...Talent hai boss!

      I too guessed it towards the second half of the movie and told my mom but even when what I expected came alive on screen, I was awed by the execution and looks on character's face.

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  8. After you revised the review, it has become all the more better (but gives away a few inside information) :-)

    Well done!

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    1. Thanks Kumal...I wrote everything as planned originally but was too lazy to upload, thinking no one reads my blog :P

      BTW, what insider info did I give? I just confused the story plot :)

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  9. awesome review ekta -:) :)

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    1. Thanks soooo much Vinishhhhhaa :) :)

      Have u seen the movie yet? :)

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  10. amir khan and his movies...always worth watching...thanks for sharing... :)

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    1. Thanks for reading cynosure...keep visiting..and do share ur own review on the same.

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  11. the moment aamir khan gets associated with a movie,a certain level of expectation remains attached to it. talaash, however, fails to carry forward the legacy of taare zameen par and three idiots respectively. the suspense that is revealed in the end is far from acceptable. it flouts all the scientific temper. no doubt, the songs are really very good and technically also the movie stands out. the actors have also done a commendable job. however, the story by itself fails to leave an impression as one walks out of the theatre. the wait that is established at the beginning fails to get fulfilled. it does not match the level of publicity. it is a let down as far as a aamir khan movie is concerned.

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    1. Hmmmm....I believe the actual problem is that aamir khan has created such a larger than life image that we expect even his movies to be in same frame too...In this movie though Aamir played protagonist but he let his weak side (of the character) to expose and hence a lot of us feel failed by him..To each his own.

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  12. Wonderful review that tells a lot yet does not give away the plot :) 5 stars to you for that!!
    Oh yes the casting is definitely a hero, each actor big/small fitting the bill perfectly...
    Of-course critics will always find flaws but after a long time a movie worth watching in the suspense/thriller genre.

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    1. Thankssss sooooo much Reshma! :)

      I am glad you liked my reviwe and yes I agree- criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. Wonder where these critics are snoring when mindless movies become hit.

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  13. An apt well penned review, Ekta!

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  14. Oh-i heard bad reviews about this one but now i must see it

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    1. Do watch and share your feedback here :)

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  15. Hi Ekta,

    A nice review done without giving out too much, you've kept your side of the promise. :)
    As to the movie, somehow, I don't know why, I felt wanting for more. The film is good but could have been a little better.
    I feel Kareena was the highlight of the film and she literally sizzled the screen. The scenes between her and Aamir are just too good. Rani is the usual best in her part, she can really carry herself well.
    Overall, the film did not leave me breathless or astounded or spellbound. It's a decent, nice and good film worth one watch.

    Regards

    Jay
    http://road-to-sanitarium.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thanks Jay....You coined it right....I am glad you liked it.

      I was feeling a bit freaky at one stage...for the sheer portrayal of emotions...was alright next morning..Yes, a one time watch.

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  16. i read few reviews of this movie and everyone has something nice to say about it. lovely review! will watch the movie for sure

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    1. Sure Debajyoti...I havent seen JTHJ and SOS but recommend this movie over them..rest is ur choice :)

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  17. TALAASH AWESOME MOVIE THE BEST OF 2012 followed by ENGLISH VINGLISH, BARFI and finally BARFI...

    honestly Rani Mukerjee effortlessley did her role - and no one seems to appreciate the fantastic job she has done in the movie her outburtst perfect. doubt Kareen would be able to pull that off. To me no doubt Kareena was good but rate her in the glamour quotient she does really know how to tease the audience. Aamir did justice to his role and so did Nawauddin awesome portyal of a physical handicapped pimp. i would rate this movie 5 star in fact did not find it slow paced at all loved every scene and the songs.

    hope the audience views it the way i do.

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    1. Yes, you r right...I did mention about the effortless un-hysterical portrayal by Rani Mukherjee..She played her bit well...and she looked perfect too...Kareena is too young to do role that Rani did in this movie but being her fan, I am sure one day she will be able to pull it off well.

      Barfi was awesome...I missed its review due to time constraint.

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  18. oops finally COCKTAIL...sorry for the faux paus

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    1. Ooops baring the song and solid performance by Deepika, I found this cocktail- stale! :)

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  19. I'll see the movie when it comes on TV. Not even any so-called masterpiece that comes from Bollywood is not worth spending money for ticket.

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    1. Hmmm...your wish..Multiplexes these days have become exorbitantly expensive and unworthy!

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  20. If u wana c talaash on tv better c CID ND AAHAT....THESE SERIALS R ALSO BETTER THAN D MOVIE....
    TOTAL HEADACHE
    ...I SAW PPL GOING BAK HOME AFTER THE INTERVAL...

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    1. I find CID extremely crazy...not watched since years

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  21. I totally agree wid u adi....after havin 2 women in ur lyf u do films like these...a total waste of money...

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    1. Simran, how does Aamir's personal life relates to his movies? Let's not get judgmental. I can agree you disliked this film and that's fine as that's your personal opinion and we respect that.

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  22. ahaa!
    That's a nice nice review~!! :D

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  24. Probably this is one of the best review for Talash I have come across.For some strange reason, I felt the movie to be ok-ish. The climax was strange and funny ...didn't expect that coming. Good review D!

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    1. Thanks soo much TSW...I am glad that you liked it :)

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  25. Watched 'Talaash' today. Aamir Khan was searching for the killer, my friends for more scenes of skimpily clad Kareena , both the parties got what they were looking for.. except me - I was searching for some logic in the movie ending :(

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  26. Enjoyed reading your review even if I would differ a bit with you and agree with Soumabha and The Solitary Writer... I was looking for logic more than emotion, so I felt a bit misled in the ending there. This said, I thought the performances were a good watch and after seeing the film once, I am sure that a second watch would actually be more interesting and enjoyable than the first one. One gets to notice all the little details that lead up to the final scenes that way. I hope you can also read my review and tell me what you think: http://hindicinenglish.blogspot.in/2012/12/talaash-puzzle-unsolved.html Good connecting with you.

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