Final Word – Talaash is not a movie, but a booker prize novel
Wondering, what’s verdict doing over the top? Naturally, if you are doorstepped by someone outside the theatres asking for your feedback, this would be the obvious statement and then about the star-casts and technical quotients. Every time, Aamir Khan appears in a role, it remains to be a first and last of its kind as no can overmatch with it. In all likelihood is inspector Shekawat, who remains unbeatable with those Dabanngs and Khilladis of Bollywood.
If you’ve flipped through the pages of Paulo Coelho’s ‘Devil and Miss Prym’ and pencilled the character ‘Berta’ in your minds, then there’s lot to enjoy watching this film. Well, it’s not an intense similarity, but slight resemblances with the protagonist Surjan Singh Shekhawath (Aamir Khan), who receives a phone call early morning about the terrible accident of a reigning superstar Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena). The investigation starts and the mystery remains unfolded till the end until Shekhawath experiences the mysterious mishap on the same coastal road, where Armaan give-uped the ghost.
If you’re too intelligent, you can break open the mystery right on the first frame as a stray dog predicts the accident before a couple of minutes itself. Fine! Let’s have a ‘Dot’ to the clues and revealing more would be a blatant spoiler.
Firstly, the producers Farhan Akhtar and Aamir Khan deserve tons of praises for getting back Reema Kagti, whose maiden debut Honeymoon Travels terribly failed in box office. The lady works out the magic by taking thriller to the next level. It’s been an unwritten theory that a ‘Thriller’ should be bound to stereotypical factors of gun shots, chases, loud background score, etc. Precisely, Talaash looks pretty much on the standards of Hollywood. From the very beginning, we are pulled into the mission of unravelling the mystery along with the protagonist and experience the same doubts, mysteries that he faces.
What seems to be an accident in the beginning soon turns out to be a different scenario with lots of unusual persons getting linked into the web of mysteries. Screenwriters Zoya Akhtar and Reema remain unconfined within the walls of Shekhawat’s hunt and sneak into his personal life, which in turn has some enigmatic moments. Ah! The scene where a crazy lady in the new neighbourhood of Shekhawat and his wife Roshni (Rani Mukerji) uninvited comes into their house and picks up the photo of their deceased son saying ‘Hi Karan’ is a discombobulating surprise. Aamir Khan is beyond of words of appreciations. He doesn’t flex his muscles as in Ghajini or tickle your funny bones as in 3 Idiots, but completely gets into a different arena.
Rani Mukerji without makeover delineated as a depressed mother of losing her son is flawless. Kareena Kapoor doesn’t have a scope like Heroine to perform. But she can get herself assured of finding nominations for this film in award ceremonies. She scores brownie points throughout the film, especially during the climax that will shoot up your adrenaline high with the mystery disentangled. Her dialogues – This is my favourite place that keeps me peaceful and its significance unveiled during the last scene is wonderful. Having spelled his best in films like Peepli Live, New York, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2, Nawazuddin Siddiqui emblazons the screens in the role of Tehmur.
The dark gloomy visuals to keep the audiences locked in the mysterious mood are stunningly done by cinematographer Mohanan. The silent-mild strings and beats over the background score by Ram Sampath is a spearheading attempt. So far, no music directors in the Hindi industry chose to make it this way. Anand Subbaya’s editing is crisp and moves the screenplay in an engaging manner.
On the whole, TALAASH is an illustration of new-age thriller that follows the novel way and it’s completely engaging from beginning till end. While there have lots of buzzes on its comparison with Vidya Balan’s ‘Kahaani’, it proves to be unparalleled. Of course, few traces of resemblances exist between Leonardo Di Caprio in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Shutter Island’ and Shekatwat to a certain degree.
Verdict: Welcome to the new-dimensional thriller
Review by Richard Mahesh
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