Talaash: Movie Review

Review: Mumbai – the city that never sleeps – the city that teaches the true meaning of Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest. What happens when one man – a police officer – enters a perfect crime scene to solve a seemingly unsolvable case ’cause of the perfection with which it’s executed. The twist – well, you are so engaged in the nicely-woven story that you wouldn’t know till the very end what’s going to happen. It is simple, old-school, yet so engaging that it makes you think – for the most part, the director (who debuted with Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.), Reema Kagti’s expertise and the superb work of the entire crew on the film. Right from Bollywood’s perfectionist, Aamir Khan to the queen of versatility, Rani Mukerji to the sexy Kareena Kapoor, everyone plays their part with much panache.

The film starts with the crime scene somewhere in South Mumbai, in the wee-hours of the morning. Someone saw it happen. But no one knows what transpired. Enter Inspector Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) who meets all those connected, and those not connected with the plot. Rani Mukerji plays his wife, distraught after a personal tragedy struck the couple a few years back, that in turn strained the couple’s relationship.  

There’s a feeling of love, pain, suffering and fatal attraction that connects everyone in an invisible chain. The beauty is that you feel a certain sense of empathy towards all of it. Reema Kagti’s work is impressive, it’s hard to tell that it’s come from a relatively new director. Although, one may find a few loopholes, you are reminded of the purpose behind the ‘perfect crime’ or the reason why a person does what he/she does. In the end, it’s all about seeking redemption, the procedure varies for every human being (those living and those unsure of their place of belonging). 

Aamir Khan fans may feel a tad disappointed ’cause of the imperfections that reveal themselves too soon. But the acting prowess can save even a drowning script. That said, there is Rani Mukerji in the background, more like a guiding light to the film in totality. However, I wanted to watch much more of Rani Mukerji in her real element since her last film Aiyyaa, disappointed almost everyone. As far as Kareena Kapoor is concerned, her work on each film doesn’t cease to amaze. To see and imagine the long way she has traversed in these few years from being just a decorative piece to a confident woman who can also act. She also repeatedly establishes the fact that her sex appeal lies in her confidence more than her good-looks. Next I await her ‘item number’ opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg 2 which releases soon. From the team that worked together in Dil Chahta Hai (with a few credits here and there), this one’s a film that will easily see audiences flocking to the theatres. Leaves you with an old-school thriller-like feeling (Woh Kaun Thi, Gumnaam), treated expertly and given a new-age avatar. The film’s music, scored by Ram Sampath shall haunt you for a long time. One of those albums that seduces you enough to listen to the album on loop. There is a surprise element too, there isn’t just one, really.  

Verdict: Old-school suspense flick, with a fairly modern treatment.

Movie Details
Release date: Nov 30, 2012
Language: Hindi
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Shernaz Patel, Rajkumar Yadav
Director: Reema Kagti
Music: Ram Sampath
Length: 2 hrs 22 mins
Writer: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti , Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar

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13 Comments

  1. shiba

    November 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    nice one but a bit slow. editing of sequences could have been synchronized more perfectly.
    shekhawats dealing with shernaz after facing the planchet would have made it more interesting. it would have showed a perfect twist in shekhawats character wer he has to bow down and beleive his son presence after death and also what he in fact experiences…..

  2. Ajit Kulkarni

    November 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Very boaring film

    • shakti

      December 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      ya but nice movie it is

  3. shinu

    November 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Awesome movie

  4. Honest Opinion

    December 3, 2012 at 7:53 am

    What the hell ?? How can someone rate this movie more than 2 stars? since it has aamir and kareena then it earns 2 star else, its most baseless movie of the year.
    Please stop being biased and give honest opinion. It was such a wastage of time and i remember noone in the cinema hall enjoyed the movie.

    • Talaash

      December 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Totally agree:-)

    • Stupid movie

      December 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      What a wastage of money and time!!!
      What kind of a thriller has such a spooky ending, which in fact does not spook you, instead fools you. I felt cheated.

  5. Yash

    December 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Best thriller movie………………

  6. amit sharma

    December 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    the movie is tottaly waste of time. we entered multiples to watch a good suspense movie but it turned out a flop horror show. just crap fdor the storyline.Aamir is good.

  7. Kalyan

    December 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Its fantastic movie. I admit its bit slow in the mid, but once you reach the climax, you realise that it worth its pace.

    Nobody treated this kind of subject in this way before and no established star of today will dare to act in this kind of movie.

    Kudos to Reema and all actors of this film.

  8. Goddy C

    December 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    i am getting mixed reviews… should i watch this movie or not?

  9. Ankur

    December 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

    better to see CID in place of this movie.
    tima waste.

  10. shakti

    December 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    nice one but slow movie

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