Talaash is my next big obsession-Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan ends all ambiguity on the level of his involvement with the film
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2012)
By his own admission, Aamir Khan’s next big obsession is Reema Kagti’s Talaash. The film is his second outing with Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar with whom he did Dil Chahta Hai. Though the actor is currently in Chicago, he is super-excited about the theatrical promo that has generated a deafening buzz in the trade and with the public. “The promotion work on Talaash has begun, and though I am in Chicago, I’m very much involved in the whole process, thanks to the internet,” he says.
The two-minute trailer of this suspense drama that shows Aamir with his leading ladies Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor starts from Mumbai’s upmarket Marine Drive-kind-of-location and moves through the seedy bylanes and hotels of the Maximum City’s red-light district, Kamathipura. The sharp cuts and razor-sharp editing are so engaging that it leaves the audience stunned and asking for more. According to Aamir, Talaash brings to focus the genre of cult ‘suspense’ classics like Madhubala-Ashok Kumar’s Howrah Bridge (1958) and Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala’s Madhumati (1958) that highlighted a city’s back lanes, its night life, and also had engaging music. “Do you remember Aiyiye Meherbaan Baithiye Jaanejaan (Howrah Bridge),” he asks, crooning the hit ditty that was picturised on the ethereal Madhubala. “Somehow this genre of cinema went missing in later years,” he rues. “Talaash is a thriller that shows a city’s night life, underbelly, hookers…”
Honestly, such flattering reactions to the trailer are not surprising. Talaash is after all Aamir’s next release, coming after a gap of nearly two-and-a-half years. Sources say that the Bollywood superstar is so confident of the content doing the talking that he has specifically asked the marketing team to focus just on the promo and the roll-out of the title track that features him with Rani and Kareena, rather than resort to any marketing gimmicks.
Putting rumours of his alleged fallout with director Reema to rest, Aamir says, “At the moment, my sights are trained on Talaash. It is also my first release after Dhobi Ghat. Reema has been great to work with. I find her to be an excellent director. As an actor, there were so many things I missed out about the character I’m playing, but Reema pointed them out to me, and I was able to use her inputs to enhance my role. She is very perceptive, and since she is also a writer, she brings that additional strength to the table. She’s very clear as to what she wants from her actors, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her.’’