TALAASH movie review: An intriguing story intelligently told!

Fri, November 30, 2012 11:51am UTC by 44 Comments
TALAASH movie review: An intriguing story intelligently told!

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji hold your attention till the very end in this gripping murder mystery

Actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan is being seen on the big screen in a commercial movie after a long time. But his much awaited Talaash, releasing today, is too intelligent to be called ‘commercial’ or ‘massy’ in the conventional sense. Directed by Reema Kagti and written by Zoya Akhtar and Kagti, with additional dialogues by Anurag Kashyap, the film aims to intrigue and surprise you. Does it succeed? To a great extent, yes.

The story begins with the wonderful song Muskaane jhoothi hai, visually complemented by beautiful shots by KU Mohanan depicting the city and its underbelly in ways that you may notice but often choose to ignore. The movie dives straight into an accident scene – filmstar Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) is dead. Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat aka Suri (Aamir Khan) is assigned the case. As the investigation progresses, it soon becomes clear that there’s more to the accident than is obvious.

The first half is a bit slow. It simply establishes the mystery and the characters in a straightforward, realistic way. The lead stars Aamir, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji have no dramatic entries or even scenes that showcase their acting prowess. So at interval time you really don’t know what’s coming next. The mystery begins to unfold…

Post interval, Talaash grabs all attention and does not let go till the mystery is solved. Suri chances upon the seductive Rosy (Kareena), who becomes his informer as well as his close confidante, helping him to solve the case. Truly gripping, although some portions might be unsatisfactory for some.

Aamir’s honest cop roles in Baazi and Sarfarosh were more action-oriented, even though they had a backstory. In Talaash, he is subtle. There are no standout mannerisms or dialogues that the character indulges in – like Chulbul Pandey or Bajirao Singham did. Suri is an honest, boring police officer, high on integrity, low on emotional intelligence. He can’t get over the death of his son Karan in an accident, and it makes him insomniac. But he thinks it’s his wife Roshni (Rani) who needs psychiatric help and not himself. Both are trying to come to terms with the grim reality of loss in their own way, and this leads to a growing distance between them, as they are unable to express their deep feelings to each other.

Rani is sans makeup, but even with very little screen time she impresses with her acting. But it’s Kareena that the film belongs to, even though sometimes she looks and acts overly sophisticated for the kind of life her character is leading. At the same time, she is a high-society sex-worker, but speaks like her Chameli avatar. As far as acting goes though, rather than Heroine, it’s Talaash that will eventually earn Kareena greater respect – she delivers an ace. In this film, Aamir, Kareena and Rani act with their eyes.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivers an award-winning performance in this one. The actor has been appreciated in Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur and tops that with his act in Talaash. It’s amazing how he plays the vulnerable lame man near the bottom of the filth heap that is Mumbai. Remember, it’s the same actor whose characters oozed power in Sujoy Ghosh and Anurag Kashyap’s films. All the other character actors are decent in Talaash as well.

Kagti definitely has done it with Talaash. Every frame has a meaning and no screen time is wasted in mindless comedy or item songs. It’s the kind of flick to be enjoyed, just like slow-cooked food. Especially notable is the bedroom scene of Suri and Rosy – five stars to Reema and Zoya for that! And Aamir and Kareena, of course, who take us with them on a joyride into another world. After all, isn’t cinema anything but virtual reality? Ram Sampath’s score adds to this feeling in the film.

Talaash is less about the mystery and more about the not-so-obvious factors – like coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, overcoming greed and fantasy, and beating the mind at its games, for instance. The movie needs to be watched at least twice to understand the subtext. It will grow on you.

However, this one might not appeal to viewers addicted to reading crime and supernatural fiction, or watching international TV shows and films of the same genre. But as a first for Indian cinema, Talaash must be watched. It might not be a mass entertainer, but it’s on the road to becoming a cult film in the genre.

Rating:  3.5/5

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Reviewed by Shweta Parande

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  • jayesh

    nice this movies & the best roll of karena ji , aamir khan ji i watch a movies

  • ravi

    flop movie……….very boring………..pls dont go……..waste of time………….

  • jayesh

    Bakwas movie!!!!!!!! never expect ths from amir

  • rani

    was it good or bad, tell the truth, I really want to decide if I will go or not.

    • shekhar

      first half is boring………….second will wind aal the plots that r opnd in first part…………….bit slow movie……for entertainment point of view I suggest do not go for it wait for khiladi 786 but if u like critics kinda movie go for it

  • Raka

    mind blowing

  • shekhar

    slow movie only critics will like it audience have to wait for next week khildai is coming still u can go for Talaash for his second half

  • raj

    wht a movie.. dnt go if u dnt want to use ur mind…

    • jyoti

      u hav used yr mind ? just a boring movie….lol
      donno where yr mind was wen u hav seen d movie…lolzz

  • raj

    outstanding, excellent and dnt criticise the movie if u people dnt want to use ur mind…..

  • anup sachdeva

    nice movie dont miss

  • sumit singh

    its not like an aamir khan movie…..expectation frm this movie was much but unfortunately the film has not delivered..i ll give 2 stars to this movie.

  • kritika

    acting is awesome by all d actors……..
    movie is just average……….
    2.5 stars out of 5….

  • Manjunath Saudatti

    I am die hard fan of amir khan.The film is boring.I guess it is not meant for youth.
    I request u peaple don’t go for this film

  • Amitesh

    First a superman in Honeymoon Travels, now a ghost here…Gosh! Kagti loves supernatural!

  • bhavini0909

    it takes a certain degree of intelligence & critical thinking to appreciate this one-of-a kind masterpiece….Enthralling & a definate must-watch….Its has finally broken the monotony of Bollywood masala movies we have been having for sometime now since Kahani…Congratulations to the team of Talaash!

    • sid

      And it takes a certain degree of intelligence to realize that this is nothing but another blatant rip off of someone else’s work.
      Don’t congratulate the talaash team yet. They’re not worthy of it. They can only steal.
      I think it’s shameful that they didn’t even acknowledge the fact that this movie was copied from T. Jefferson’s novel. SHAME ON YOU

  • kiran

    I honestly don’t know how any Critics yet has not compared this film to a Hollywood Movie “WHAT LIES BENEATH”
    starring Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer ….
    Especially the ending scene underneath the water where the ghost (kareena) saves aamir life,is scene to scene copy in that ghost (Katharine) saves Michelle pfeiffer life……….
    CopyCats ……No originality ….& I believe NO Critic is honest to reveal this to Mr.Aamir Khan–who claims to be Satyavadi….Hippocratic guy

  • KK

    SPOILERS IN THE COMMENT BELOW, SO DON’T LOOK DOWN UNLESS YOU’VE ALREADY SEEN IT.

  • KK

    Spoiler in the COMMENT BELOW. DON’T look down if you’ve not seen it.

  • mi

    at last who is the murderer???

  • Az

    Suspense at its core, a must one time watch folks!

  • amit

    It is a very nice movie but it can’t be understood by everyone because people in india haven’t watched much of this stuff before so it will be difficult to digest for everyone…people watch some hollywood movies like ‘the sixth sense’,'frailty’ then u might get some idea for this genre…

  • bilal

    excellent must watch agian and agian

  • clue1

    who is ill in the movie ?

  • shahrukh fan

    bakwaaaaaaaaaas movie.

    aamir is the cheap actor and chichora chaap , kabaadi actor.
    he can only criticize doctors.

  • Arun Sood

    In talaash movie -> Kareena can open and get out of car and touch things, bt she cant shoot her killers so used aamir. What an intelligent film and intelligent audience!

    In Dabangg movie ->> it was Jhandu balm..
    In Dabangg-2 , its Fevicol..
    What’s next?
    Bonefix..Iodex..Harpic? :P

    a 80 yr old director had the guts to make an Original Film in his style, even in today’s generation… and these young directors just do copy-paste..

    Talaash MOVIE
    there’s no need of police force if ghost come n solve cases.. u just have to worry about ur personal life mr. perfectionist.. :P
    this movie literally borrows scenes from “INSOMNIA”, “SIXTH SENSE” and other hollywood films.. mrs. director -> copy if u have to but not in the guise of originality.. !!
    and worst P.J. -> Ram goppal verma can make 10 horror films in a year .. and aamir khan took 3 years.. whoaaa… hats off.. :P :D

    Heya sure Kareena told Aamir where he could find her, but did she tell him the exact spot where her body was buried ?
    Aamir and Rani watch Golmaal-3 in theater which also had Kareena in the movie. Wherez perfectionist :D

  • KJ Khan

    Talaash is the movie of 2012.

  • Kumar

    this movie is for the people who like watching hollywood supsense movies..if you liked sixth sense , taking lives .Wrecked ..then you will definately like the movie…..although the movie dosen’t entertained my family members as they like watching hindi masala or action movie with no story …but i liked the movie a lot …i will give Talaash 5 out 5.there should be more movies like this ..and i appreciate the acting of aamir khan and rani…awsome performance…….

  • KJ Khan

    ***** Excellent.

  • josh mathews

    The movie creates suspence quite beautifully but disappoints in the end by blaming everything on the supernatural.

  • Rayan

    Better,becoz of kareena film wil be awesome.

  • Nasoor

    Kareena awesome yaaaar…

  • Rokstar

    Crazy for Kareena

  • Smiley

    Kareena keep going on….heroine no.1

    • sneha

      suspensive film!!!!!!!!…..:)

    • sneha

      suspensive film!!!!!!!!…..:)

  • T K Chattopadhyay

    Talaash stands out on many fronts:
    —– No over acting by any one of the main characters
    —– Rani did not go for heavy make up and that made her really natural.
    —– Each character played his /her role surprisingly well and in a controlled manner.
    —– It was really interesting to see the boring police officer playing his role cool.
    —– Kareena kapoor , in my opinion, must get the best actress award for her mature acting in this film.
    As a whole this film is also as gripping as Kahani and as superb as Kahani.

  • pawan yadav

    the picture is too good in suspence

  • pat

    was awesome, esp kareena. she actually managed to overshadow aamir who is also brilliant

  • rajesh

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    I Like you because your voice is very quite

  • KK

    I’ve already seen it, but I hope you enjoyed trying to spoil it for others. Get a life for goodness sake!

  • sarah

    never had I expected this from an Amir Khan movie..Gone are the days when he used to act in movies like Mela. But we have long forgotten such movies after Lagaan,RDB,3 Idiots and taare zameen par. Had the climax been better I could have liked the movie. Hindi cinema has come a long way and has seen some of the brilliant movies this year including Paan Singh Tomar, Barfi, English Vinglish, Kahaani. Talaash was nowhere near these masterpieces. And people who have loved the movie please appreciate the fact that India is a democratic nation and we are free to voice our opinions. So please stop judging people and their intellectualism with derogatory comments.


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