Saturday, 22 December 2012

Talaash - तलाश

Reviews said good things about the film... Reviews also said bad things about the film… Some said the film didn’t meet their expectations… Some said that nobody expected something like that from Aamir Khan… I was totally confused and had no expectations when I went to watch Talaash directed by Reema Kagti.

It is a story of a police inspector who tries to solve a series of murder mystery. He is also going through a personal crisis. His fight with himself to come out of the personal tragedy and his struggle the case forms the basis the story.

Aamir Khan as the cop is very convincing. There is no element of heroism. He plays as yet another person and that simplicity draws us towards the character. It demands huge conviction for an actor as larger than life as Aamir Khan to accept the role of a Police inspector! He has underplayed it and yet convincingly conveys the mental strain that he is undergoing.

Rani Mukherjee comes across as the cop’s wife. Her character is going through a personal loss and she plays that part with ease. She looks tormented, yet comes across as a strong woman. She is not another mindless lead that we get to see in day today cinema. She knows what to do and how to handle situations.

Kareena Kapoor Khan as a call girl looks sensual and gorgeous. Her smoky eyes and loud dresses coupled with acting that carries loads of oomph renders her perfect for the role. Her voice modulation is arousing while the dialogs she utters are thought provoking.

The screenplay is very strong. It never loses its pace and never once lets the audience think. I say this because if the audience starts thinking, they will realize that they are watching a movie with the most absurd story ever. The way various shades of human emotions are handled only adds to the positives of the film.

However, the movie strikes a chord with the audience mainly on account of the acting skills of the lead actors. All the three actors have acted convincingly. Everything could have gone wrong if the movie was made with other actors.

The background score is haunting. The songs are equally catching. I loved Jee Le Zara the most. The mood of the song is beautifully articulated by the vocalists.

Finally, should you watch Talaash at all? I would say why not! The screenplay is strong and the performances by the lead actors are outstanding. Besides, taking an unconvincing story in a convincing manner is the most difficult task. That part gets fulfilled and that is where the movie scores!

In short, Aamir Khan… Rani Mukherjee… Kareena Kapoor Khan… Reema Kagti and Zoya Akthar rock… They have made a movie worth giving a try… But hey! Go like a blank paper. Only then, you will enjoy. Don’t expect anything. Expectations can be misleading, you see.


  1. Hmmm...Everyone I asked, said we can go for this movie! Will watch it this weekend for sure :)
    Thanks for the review Satya :)