Movie Review-Talaash

3 Dec

When my friend called me up last Friday afternoon and told me she had free tickets to the movie Talaash, I jumped at the opportunity. I was thrilled to bits. Imagine seeing the most awaited film of the year for free! For someone like me, who shells out an average of Rs. 600 per week on movies, this sounded like an amazing offer.

And we went. The film begins with a view of Mumbai by night. Stray dogs, prostitutes, street lights and the likes. And suddenly there’s a car accident. Or atleast seems like one. The car falls into the sea. It turns out that the car belongs to actor Armaan Kapoor who was found dead inside the car. Murder is suspected and here enters Inspector Shekhawat who has been assigned to the case, amidst battling the crisis in his personal life.  Still reeling with the tragedy of losing a young son and a wife in depression played by Rani Mukerji, Inspector Shekhawat puts his heart and soul in his work, since he’s unable to come to terms with the death of his son. Interviews with the actor’s family, visits to brothel houses and interactions with seedy characters come next.  Rosie, played by Kareena Kapoor is one of the “A1” picks of the brothel house and helps in giving him key leads.  In essence, Talaash is Aamir Khan’s search for the truth and where it leads him.

The music by Ram Sampath is ordinary, though they do suit the dark tone of the film. Most of the characters, except for the lead actors fail to leave an impact on you. The movie is also slow-paced at times and the only thing that I was waiting for was the climax, considering it was hyped to be an unexpected ending. Unexpected it was. But not in the way I would have liked it.

Rani Mukerji is entirely wasted in the film. Why an actor of her caliber agreed to do this miniscule a role is beyond me. Kareena Kapoor is a little too beautiful to play a prostitute. Nevertheless, she does justice to her role. Aamir Khan, as the troubled father cum investigative cop is flawless and one can totally identify with his character. Director Reema Kagti successfully manages to keep the viewers guessing as to who the possible culprit could be, but as I mentioned earlier, the climax is lousy and is a big let-down. This is certainly not what one would expect out of an Aamir Khan film and with names like Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar being involved as well.

Unfortunately, Talaash was very unsatisfying and did not work for me. I would rate it a 2.5 out of 5 and secretly got some sort of a wierd sadistic pleasure that I didn’t spend my money on that movie! Hopefully, Aamir makes up for this mishap with his next release, the very successful Yashraj franchise, “Dhoom 3” :-).

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One Response to “Movie Review-Talaash”

  1. Rohit December 4, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Hey nice review. Am also glad that I didn’t get to spend on this movie as my friend too had an extra free ticket 😉

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