Movie Review: TALAASH by FENIL SETA

When Aamir Khan was last seen on screen as a lead actor, in 3 Idiots, history was created. The film broke box office records but most importantly, gave us an experience that we can cherish and remember forever fondly. Aamir Khan became synonymous with entertaining, meaningful, sensible cinema and his forthcoming films became eagerly awaited. Surprisingly, Aamir vanished from Bollywood scenario and didn’t even sign a film for a long time, instead devoting time to his television show Satyamev Jayate. And finally, when Aamir chose Talaash, the fans and industry heaved a sigh of relief. The ‘thinking Khan’ will be back soon after all! Again, Aamir made us wait, postponing the film to almost 5 months and finally, here comes November 30. And here comes Talaash, easily one of the most talked-about and anticipated films in the last 2 years! Promos never promised any masala entertainment or humour and in that regard, Talaash doesn’t mislead or cheat audiences. The film keeps one hooked although it moves at its own pace. More about it later!

The story of the movie: Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) is assigned the case of the accident/murder of movie star Armaan Kapoor (Vivaan Bhatena). The case is bewildering and Suraj is not able to find a single clue. On the other hand, he’s battling problems in his personal life as well. His son Karan has passed away in an accident and Surjan fails to come to terms with this loss. Moreover, he is also finding it difficult to emotionally connect with his wife Roshni (Rani Mukerji) post-tragedy. At this point, Surjan meets Rosie (Kareena Kapoor), an attractive sex worker, operating in the same area where Armaan loses life. Surjan gets drawn towards Rosie to find answers to Armaan’s mysterious death and also to get over his personal grief.

It’ll be wrong to reveal much about Talaash since as we all know, that it’s a suspense drama and unveiling anything can kill the joy of the viewers. However, one should be aware of the fact that it’s an engrossing film but not fast-paced. It’s around 135 minutes long and takes its own time to reach the culmination. But from start to finish, the film has several moments that are deftly executed, performed and written and which will find appreciation. Characters are brilliantly sketched and one instantly gets drawn into the troubled world of Surjan and Roshni. Songs are minimal but smartly incorporated into the film. The first half is superb and wonderfully builds up the mystery and leave the viewers asking, ‘what next?’. The second half commences well and Aamir-Kareena’s scenes are nicely executed. The film does drag somewhere in the middle of the second hour. But it gets back on track during the pre-climax. In fact, the last 25 minutes is the best part of the enterprise. But at the same time, here lies a catch – many viewers will be able to guess the suspense before it’s unveiled! This is not something that should not happen in a film promoted as a whodunit. But still one doesn’t mind! Talaash, after all, is more than a suspense film. It’s an emotional film at its core and deals with issues like forced prostitution and more importantly broken homes, strained marital relations, coming to terms with loss of a loved one etc and in that context, the film is an excellent and satisfying experience. But somewhere, thanks to these bloody expectations, a lot is left to be desired!

This is no award winning role from Aamir Khan but the superstar doesn’t disappoint either. The actor underplays his part and in the process, impress even more. Watch out for the scene where he confronts Rani or where he breaks down – so natural, so effective! And hats off to him for choosing Talaash over all other films. It’s not a perfect film but at the same time, it’s a film no superstar of his league would have touched! Great job AK!

Rani Mukerji proves she can look beautiful, with no make-up. She has a supporting but a significant part in the film and as always, gets it right. Kareena Kapoor, however, wins hands down as the best performer in the film. She looks stunning and gets her act bang-on! At the same time, viewers, like Shekhawat, too get enchanted by Rosie’s adah! After Jab We Met, 3 Idiots, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and (to an extent) Heroine, here’s another memorable performance from Kareena in recent times!

Raj Kumar Yadav (Devrath Kulkarni) plays fine and good to see a chance him playing a positive character. Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Temur) yet again proves to be a scene-stealer! A complete actor! Shernaz Patel (Frenny Mistri) as expected gives a flawless performance. Vivaan Bhatena, Subrat Dutta (Shashi), Suhasi Goradia Dhami (Armaan’s wife) and the actors who play Shashi’s girlfriend, Mallika and Sanjay Kejriwal too come up with good performances.

Ram Sampat’s music is melodious. Muskaanein Jhooti, Jee Le Zara, Jiya Laage Na, Hona Hai Kya and Laakh Duniya – all songs work big time and are aptly incorporated in the film as well. Sampat’s background score is in sync with the film as well. Mohanan’s cinematography is effective and the underbelly of the city is beautifully captured. VFX is great and special mention should be made of the underwater scenes which leaves a great mark! Farhan Akhtar-Anurag Kashyap’s dialogues are straightforward and no attempt is made to add profanity, vulgar jokes just to ‘lighten up the goings-on’! And same is followed by writers Zoya Akhtar-Reema Kagti and Reema the director. Story and characters are well-written and well-sketched. Notice the way Aamir uses psychological tactics to ooze out truth from culprits and constables…an aspect never before seen in Bollywood at least. Story, script, direction holds attention till the very end but unfortunately, as aforementioned, one might feel disappointed if one is able to correctly guess the suspense mid-way. Yet, a great effort…a hatke one that too!

Some of the best scenes:
1. Armaan’s accident
2. Surjan orders fellow officers not to talk to the media
3. Temur’s entry
4. All scenes of Surjan-Rosie
5. Surjan’s tragic past
6. All songs of the film
7. Intermission point
8. Surjan-Roshni watch film
9. Surjan confronts Frenny
10. The last 25 minutes

On the whole, Talaash works big time, as an emotional film. But as a suspense drama, it might not especially if one is able to guess the suspense midway (and no, it’s not a Shutter Island or Ghajini or Kahaani or Memento rip-off). This is a film that will be met with extreme reactions. Yet, this is a film that deserves a watch, for the performances, for the underlying theme and for the total hatke experience. After all, which superstar, especially of the stature of Aamir, will take up a film like Talaash? Hats off! I am slightly disappointed with the film and yet, I came out of the theatre entertained and enchanted! Go for it!

My rating-*** ½ out of 5!

LINK

16 Comments

  1. fazal
    fazal
    November 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    i dont remember the name of that movie.but i watched bollywood movie with the same story.there is no orignality in bollywood

    1. joker8546
      joker8546
      November 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      one Reviewer said… it is shamelessly copied from Hollywood, not from one but few of them……

  2. ranju
    ranju
    November 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I guess, Aamir is going to get his first flop since Mangal pandey.

    1. ank_16n
      ank_16n
      November 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      than what was Dhobi Ghat…….

      And i don’t think Talaash will flop …!!

      1. ranju
        ranju
        November 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        Personally i dont consider Dhobi Ghat a full fledged Aamir Khan film. And i respect ur thinking.

  3. Ek tha dugglale
    Ek tha dugglale
    November 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    good review
    completly agree with you…
    I really enjoyed the movie….awsmmm climax,..n hats off to mr. AAMIR KHAN
    for doing this type of cinema…
    N for me it was kareena show all the way…..shez the best part of the movie..

  4. Shahid
    Shahid
    November 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Good review Fenil! Agree with you!

    And, funnily, once I look at the movie knowing the suspense, I, kind of, appreciate it more.

  5. dr.nick
    dr.nick
    November 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    excellent movie!!its an aamir-kareena show all the way.suspense was not that good as u can guess it b4 the climax.nevertheless its a good emotional drama with aamir perfectly playing the character he was supposed to.the way he displays the symptoms of a patient of post-traumatic stress disorder are just text book perfect especially where he avoids a meeting with samar and his parents.my rating is 4/5.highly recommended.

  6. jealous hater of srk
    jealous hater of srk
    November 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Saw taalash …could hav been the path breaking cinema bt its a copy of hollywood
    Go for it nly if u have nt seen hollywood’s classic thriller’s wil nt reveal whch film becus it wil spoil film

  7. assmasala
    assmasala
    December 1, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    epic fail !!!

    Its gonna be the Baap of disasters!!

    Audience are enraged… feel cheated!!

  8. dr.nick
    dr.nick
    December 1, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    they would not feel even 1/10th as cheated as compared to ra1 where a father took his son to watch a film about father son bonding(as claimed by srk) and ended up watching a soft porn film which teaches tiny tots about tiny tits grabbing and crotch grabbing and utter condom condom.even jthj which was promoted as a mature romantic film ended up being a pansy long bore.

    1. jealous hater of srk
      jealous hater of srk
      December 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Every reviewer is saying slow paced ‘wtf’ fr me it was rajadani express if compard to jhtj and though they could have edited 2nd half better.
      Climax was very underwhelming farhan and zoya could hav written sumthng new rather than copying
      Felt cheatd frm climax bt total paisa vasool frm performance wise

  9. Aditya007
    Aditya007
    December 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Movie haven’t Repeat Value ,Only One Time watch! Dissapointed with Movie ,Only Kareena & Aamir Khan Performance was Good. Climax could be Better. 2.5/5

  10. iitianWay
    iitianWay
    December 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    we liked this movie…for us 4/5 for a differently abled movie…
    liked aamir for doing diff roles… without worrying BO collections…movie will run above 85/90 + ..for sure atleast…heavily dependent on MPs.
    Good for k786 ..people will love to go for masala movie after this emotional and dark movie.
    good once watch ..but must watch.

    ** Indirect Spolier ahead: **

    if u like this movie ..then dont forget to read
    The Laws of the Spirit World by Khorshed Bhavnagri

  11. ady_koolz
    ady_koolz
    December 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    An unsatisfying movie watching experience…After the brilliant first half movie falls apart in second half…. Acting wise every one is good especially kareena kapoor who is in top form…But lame suspense and no shock value lets the movie down….

Page 1 of 1

Post Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

prednisone without prescription canada tylenol 4 codeine vs tylenol 3 pyridium medication and alcohol order metformin without prescription assumere viagra scaduto aralen ordering viagra tesco pharmacy healthyman co ivermectin side effects on dogs colospan tablets kosovarja kendi i njoftimeve hyaluronic acid side effects clozaril blood monitoring guidelines exelon stock dividend buy dapoxetine online uk viagra paysafecard mesalamine generic price hydroxyzine pamoate 50 mg capsules ceftin for sinus infection viagra otc canada online apotheke deutschland cialis minomycin 50mg anavar buy kamagra online sofilex wiki answerssoftware viagra best prices online cipralex 10 mg tabletta use of esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate ativan half life elimination viagra vpxl online canada article 68 sildenafil purchase online mexican pharmacy lamisil cream treatment nail fungus ranigast skutki uboczne medazole 200mg zoloft amoxilcillin overnight no prescription cialis 5 mg costo norvasc 5 mg picture buy cialis from canada online viagra price compare where can i get some viagra woman viagra american made cialis order crestor finasteride 5 mg no prescription non prescription cialis canada coumadin blood thinner foods to avoid ovral l pills order risperdal online claravis reviews blogs boards effexor side effects weight gain where to buy vibramycin syrup nasonex coupon rebates retirides otc drugs mexico lantus isoptin sr 240 mg of caffeine wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms side effects omnicef side effects in toddlers artane industrial school dublin ativan lorazepam 1mg risperdal lawsuit attorneys ezetimibe simvastatin generic name nuvigil side effects congestion vistaril and pregnancy contractions salzarex tramadol capsules 50mg nifedipine side effects while pregnant cialis malta mirtazapine 15 mg how much phenergan to give 16 month old tadalafil pay with paypal novolog flexpen coupon novolax 5mg buy antibiotics online in uk wellbutrin and alcohol seizure what is plendil 10 mg canada pharmacy clonazepam abilify coupons and discounts aspirin overdose death pilexil sprayground generic viagra pharmacy india baclofen side effects lioresal vitamix coupon codes levitra lowest price order deltazone avodart hair loss 5mg sildenafil 50mg edrugstore review metrogel for rosacea bumps onadron damla o allegra d side effects doctor ampicillin sulbactam side effects viagra ajanta antabuse for sale software development cycle cytotec side effects abortion side effects of lanoxin medication doxycap doxycycline for dogs erectile dysfunction age flazol 500 tablet buy etodolac no prescription levomax 500 uputstvo betneval pommade hemorroides nautisol medication identification precio sildenafil en ginebra effexor reviews for social anxiety clomiphene citrate for men reviews prozac and weight gain prozac and weight loss nolvadex pct guide clindamicina dosis en perros mail kumaden co jp haloperidol drug schedule puretone stethoscope company kids celecoxib 200mg side effects pills that get you high albuterol inhaler for bronchitis mirapex fibromyalgia drug erlamycetin plus size tamsulosin flomax dosage sildenafil citrate 100mg tabs milnacipran brand name obestat reductil 15mg wellbutrin reviews for anxiety tadalafil cialis 500 mg moduretic drug testing benemid without prescription walgreens take care clinic alton il metrogel 0.75 vaginal gel mexico pharmacy finpecia tablets licensed pharmacies in los algodones propecia price australia prevacid side effects tadacip 20 india synthroid no prescription usa octreotide infusion for carcinoid no prescription drugs canada raloxifene evista side effects in men ranitidine 300 mg purchase flagyl rogaine rebate form from walgreens online pharm tech degree canada sildenafil tablets precose 25 mg milnacipran hcl savella generic viagra purchase alzytec 10mg methadone minocin without prescription trileptal dosage for seizures lortab 7.5mg how long does it stay in your system ciprotab dosage of benadryl toprol xl 25 mg tablet ibuprofen dosage chart for kids obat acyclovir omnicef for sinus infection cialis online overnight delivery escitalopram 10 mg buy norvasc medication patient assistance no prescription colchicine lamisil side effects liver damage has anyone bought viagra online ambien dosage information digoxin therapeutic level arrhythmia analgin wikipedia english precio levitra kamagra now subutex withdrawal during pregnancy asthma medications albuterol zovirax cream ointment buy cheap adderall buy alli australia meclizine hydrochloride for dogs finasteride tablets for sale levofloxacin 500 mg side effects with alcohol pravachol 20mg dexilant vs nexium zoloft 100mg dosage tinidazole 500mg tablets generika franchise philippines food lisinopril recall acyclovir and pregnancy first trimester ketorolac tromethamine 10mg tab duphaston side effects on fetus cheap finasteride india wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms patient reviews clindamycin hcl 150 mg capsule side effects metronidazole for dogs side effects best drugstore makeup discount viagra pills healing hearts across borders sildenafil kaufen ohne rezept cefalexina bulacan bisoprolol hctz 10 6.25 mg is zifi 200mg tablets causes sleep craigslist newyork cars mincorp mining games cheap tramadol online pharmacies can robaxin get you high torsemide medication dose fanegada en metrostudy captopril 25mg sublingual aggrenox drug classification enalapril medication price comparisons acquistare viagra sicuro forum generic estrace pills buy synthroid 75mcg mastercard retin a for sale nhs omeprazole side effects clomiphene citrate 50mg how much is adderall without insurance duvadilan drug isoxsuprine tramadol for dogs side effects tramadol 50mg levothroid active ingredients lamisil tablets price vosteran removal windows 8.1 tesco pharmacy viagra avana cypress estates apartments viagra medicine for men zoloft and pregnancy birth defects where do i buy alli thuoc renapril 5mg valium celexa side effects weight loss buy levothyroxine 2531 blue pill tryptizol 25 mg adderall citalopram for sale uk allopurinol dosage drug sulfasalazine azulfidine side effects diclofenac potassium cataflam buy canadian cialis free trial viagra without prescriptions glyprin aspirin vs ibuprofen what is betafusin sale vrdrug online pharmacy doxazosin 8 mg tab appearance amoxicillin dosage for strep throat tab viagra clomidwith out prepscription vosteran search effexor and weight loss medication best price 20 mg cialis buy metoprolol without scrop ritalin side effects in adults methylphenidate norvasc side effects free viagra for women rx viagra celexa for anxiety and depression clorfenamina compuesta information on tizanidine 4mg zanaflex side effects walgreens take care clinic fucidin hydrocortisone 1 order setraline without prescription donepezil hcl 10mg tab mexitil dosage calculations viagra without side effects percocet 10 mg order carvedilol canada reliable online pharmacy canada sunsuria avenue kota damansara map accutane results after 3 weeks citalopram 20 mg picture taking flagyl and pregnancyflagyleflazol cialis pills fast delivery cephalexin and alcohol keflex tylenol recall 2010 filling prescription for domperidone ordine levitra what is proscar called in mexico gabapentin 100mg no rx comprar lexapro mail order us pharmacy buy cialis in israel discount pharmacy from canada cialis active over the counter ritalin for adults dosage erexin spray on bedliner clozapine side effects agranulocytosis where can i buy viagra online consultation online viagra donde comprar viagra en chile viagra 100mg instructions epogen administration im benicar hct 40 12.5 discount card can you buy viagra at walmart buy cialis in singapore 166 tofranil pm for sleep topamax weight loss maxalt dosage forms how to relieve paroxetine withdrawal symptoms buy promethazine codeine syrup uk buy viagra in san francisco 77 propecia generic work glucovance side effects medication kemadrin drug does viagra help treat bph tv ads viagria carafate suspension pravastatin medication for cholesterol remeron medication depression flazol 500mg amoxicillin fanegada definition of respect pharmacy support canada citalopram withdrawal symptoms duphalac syrup propecia pills lasix medication information paroxetine hcl 10mg reviews premarin cream dosage instructions no perscription generic robaxin percocet withdrawal symptoms oxycodone aciclovir pastile prospect buy viagra in san diego lipitor side effects fixime tablet safe nizagara site benoquin before and after photos medrol dose pack side effects in elderly purchase ciprofloxacin hcl 250 walgreens coupons walgreens weekly ad walgreens take care clinic locations missouri nifedipine dosage and pregnancy clonazepam overnite paypal cefa tabs without prescription how to buy prednisone buy cheap accutane ceftin 500mg tablet valtrex side effects medication fatigue lasix generic online recommended viagia sites online pharmacy azitromycin buy estrace tablets depression pharmacy online uk valtrex on sai thyroxine medications canadian pharmacy largo fl nolvadex sold in canada what is the difference in sotalol and sotalol af lasuna food buy citalopram cheap abilify generic release date cialis e fegato canadian levitra online doxycycline without rx paypal piroxicam side effects buy flagyl use paypal lotemax side effects medication xeloda side effects capecitabine chemotherapy zofran 4mg dosage for adults etodolac side effects kidney divya pharmacy website sildegra tabletop bystolic manufacturer coupon card avapro 300 mg dose viagra c20 mometasone 0.1 cream finasteride medication 5 mg ephedraxin does it work 20 mg vyvanse street price cialis for men eprostol misoprostol miscarriage health and beauty discounts ordering 40 mg acquten viagar cheap no perscription creative pharmacy names doxycap tablets for toddlersdoxyclindoxycyclduetact cefovex 500px flagyl 1000mg buy terramicina pomada ampicillin sulbactam drug guide pregnant baby bump free pack trial viagra fast shipping levitra recreational use of cialis eutirox 75 mcg equals viagra buy houston chloroquine side effects arthrotec medication assistance programs periostat drugs androgel coupons mometasone cream 0.1 zyprexa withdrawal symptoms nausea order fluoxetine online ranbaxy pharmaceuticals recalls clotrimazole lozenges 10mg medication no prescription canada sildenafil pulmonary hypertension in neonates risperdal lawsuit settlement alphagan p canada no prescription retin a cream 0.05 lotrisone cream treatment pictures dormidina side effects acheter cialis belgique shop accutane online z packs antibiotic for sale buy viagra from mexica or canada ramicomp genericons suhagra 50 xanax dosage for panic attacks potassium permanganate uses diflucan information for patients provigil coupons offers ovral l online buylowdrugs canada map viagra nongenaric buy cialis from a reputable co parcopa discontinued perfumes allegra d coupons 2014 glyprin 100mg morphine costco locations in illinois avapro generics walmartavedox buy progyluton online cialis generic usa inderalici 40 prometrium 200 mg where to buy baclofen dapoxetine and sildenafil finasteride 5mg proscar care viagra solution doxycycline 50 mg zentel albendazole 0.2g proventil price viagra prix en pharmacie 40 mg levitra dosage atorvastatin at walmart manfaat flagyl forte metformin er 500mg weight loss stromectol side effects pergotime tablets computersperiactin ciprotab 2500 colchicine and alcohol fastest known shipping generic viagra walgreens employee website colchicine gout treatment piroxicam side effects canine bisoprolol 5mg side effects online meds without a prescription bactrim antibiotic for sinus infection levothroid medication generic westhroid medication reviews magnesium deficiency symptoms marijuana qsymia weight loss drug reviews by patients generic viagras where to buy ibuprofen 600mg tablets dosage tramadol overnight mastercard hydroxyzine pam aleve vs ibuprofen for arthritis pain cheap tadalafil usa uroxatral 10 mg patients bill generic viagra 25mg viamedic coupon code baristanet bloomfield nj board cialis 20mg preis buy fincar online review united states cialis cyprus cialis interact prandin side effects repaglinide subutex doctors in ohio starlix medication nateglinide buying cialis in montreal benicar hct 20 12.5 mg sifrol pramipexole treatment for boils buy nolvadex uk misoprostol vaginally lipitor vs crestor cost generic tamoxifen pilule cialis zineryt cenapred advantage federal credit union michigan how to use praziquantel for fishpredisoneprednazoneprednisolone euroclinix netflix nolvadex pct effects nasonex side effects medication nasonex nasal spray duloxetine hydrochloride prices lidocaine hydrochloride jelly usp 2 used for cefixime buy without levitra canada with overnight service promethazine with codeine syrup dose vimax detox side effects levitra vs viagra vs cialis terramycin ophthalmic ointment for human use zyban information dose canada drugs no script how to buy cialis online biaxin side effects in women depakote toxicity symptoms plavix side effects patients crestor rosuvastatina tabletas espn viagara walmart levitra prices flagyl buy nartea callahans restaurant buy levothyroxine no rx in usa dostinex no prescription cialis indonesia terramycin ophthalmic ointment for newborn babies quinine sulfate 324 mg capsules online doctor adderall disgrasil orlistat 120mg cheap nootropil 800 mg piracetam vytorin 10 40 mg order pfeifer brand viagra online zyvoxid prospectus vitamin shoppe coupons discounts