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Talaash review by Hindustan Times
Talaash critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3
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Talaash critic rating (The Telegraph): 3
Talaash review by DNA India
Talaash critic rating (DNA India): 3.5

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Talaash  (2012 - Hindi)

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Talaash critics rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4/5 (23 critics)

My Rating

  • A Beautifully Woven Story, But…

    Talaash rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 30 Nov 2012)

    Aamir Khan is one such brilliant actor of our time who keeps attempting something different with his films and majority times had a satisfying innings at the box office too. He balances so well with blockbusters and quality cinema that even small films like ‘Taare Zameen Par’ managed to get great reviews and cross the 100Cr mark. Words fall short in praise of this Ace actor, but with all these comes a minor negative point – Cine-goer’s expectation level which keeps getting higher and higher with every upcoming release of his. Even out here with his latest film ‘Talaash’, the expectations are at its peak as it’s the first Aamir solo in around 3 years. The last time such stuff happened at time of ‘Mangal Pandey’ which had released after 4 years. So will this gap and high level expectations act as a big hurdle in way of ‘Talaash’ which has been delayed and has an unconventional theme; or might be another feather in Aamir Khan’s Cap ending the long wait? Let’s Find Out.

    ‘Talaash’ is story of A Cop Surjan Singh Sekhawat {Aamir Khan}, who is assigned a death case of Top Actor Armaan Kapoor. Surjan along with his colleague Inspector Devrath Kulkarni {Raj Kumar Yadav} start investigating this complicated case which has tough leads to follow. Along with this case Surjan has his own problems featuring his devastated wife Roshni {Rani Mukherjee}. What happens next is what the entire film about.

    Story plays over several genres and has genuinely good shades of Mystery, Drama, Emotions and some unexpected angles as well. The story is not at all similar to all the baseless rumors floating around; it’s something different, and must say, a daring attempt. Screenplay is superb as the way the writers have woven together all the different angles and sub-plots to the central plot is commendable. Yes, the narration is pretty slow, especially in the second half and at points begins to slow down. {Spoilers Alert Begins} There are some brilliant scenes like The opening titles featuring the Night life of Mumbai, Shernaz’s meet with Aamir, Aamir’s Flashback scenes featuring his son followed by his Repent, Aamir's whole anger over Shernaz matter, Aamir-Kareena chat, Aamir-Rani fight followed by Aamir’s sleep, The whole Nawazzudin chase scene, Kareena in Aamir’s car towards the pre-climax, Aamir reading the letter towards the finale, etc.
    On the Flip side, there are a few unanswered questions like The whole confusion over the Girl Drowning report at Aamir’s police station or why the accident of Armaan Kapoor at that particular date and few more. The dramatic moments between Aamir and Rani dilute the thriller effect of the film, especially in the second half despite them being pretty important for the film. Also, one of Kareena Kapoor’s scene towards the Finale might remind you of films like ‘Kites’, which should’ve been executed in much better way. {Spoilers End}
    Camera work is superb and the whole Night-life spirit of Mumbai is captured in beautiful manner. Editing is crisp in first half; there are few scenes which should’ve been tightened towards the second half.

    Music by Ram Sampat is good, but lacks the mass appeal. ‘Muskaane’ is used with the opening credits which is total opposite of the promos, but goes well with the feel it creates. ‘Jee Le Zara’ is one of the best songs from the film capturing the contrasting past and present bonding between Aamir & Rani. ‘Jiya Lage Na’ goes apt with the flow of the film. ‘Na Tu’ and others are fine.

    Reema Kagti returns to direction after a long gap of around 5-6 years, but displays the expected level of maturity, doing proper justice to this multi-layered script (although the finale could’ve been much better). She emphasizes more on the dramatic and emotional content than the mystery and suspense angle. Sadly those Dramatic moments do not rise to the occasion or deliver something worth mentioning. Yes, the emotional angle towards the start and end does its part. Also the pseudo-intellect reflects in her direction at times which might hamper the view of the masses. Still, Kudos to her for chartering in the less-ridden territory and attempting a film like this.

    Aamir Khan is simply fantastic in this role of an investigating cop, which is total opposite of what we saw in films like Sarfarosh or Baazi. His intense looks and strong command over a character as complicated and tensed-up as this holds you throughout. Kareena Kapoor is stunning and sensuous as a temptress and carries her part with total ease. Rani Mukherjee is plain and simple, which goes well with her part, though one wish her character was etched out better. Nawazuddin is superb and gets it right to a tee, right from his accent to his limping (Special mention to the Churchgate station chase scene where he makes sure your eyes are glued to him). Shernaz Patel is good but again has a complicated and half-baked character. Raj Kumar Yadav, Subrat Dutt, Vivek Madan and others are fine in their part.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hain as far as performances by Aamir Khan, Kareena & Nawazzudin are concerned. Also loved the way the story unfolds and spreads outs its multi-layered narrative. But high expectations and the way the movie has been promoted might go against the film, not to forget the dramatic hitch along with a minor drop in its pace towards the second half. On an overall basis, one would say this is a very well-made movie, definitely worth a watch for its good performances and a beautifully woven story but one also wonders at the same time if it might be too complicated or confusing for the general audience.

    Ratings : 3.5+/5

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