Reema Kagti’s Talaash, is psychological thriller which implores you to look beyond the obvious, forces you to take that hesitant step towards the unknown. Set up in the back-drop of Mumbai, it’s a tale of deceit and revenge, but only as much as it consciously subtle. Kagti ensures that it the plot never goes beyond the realm of realism. The pace of the movie is deliberately slow allowing it to control our imaginative susceptibilities and would have been better if it was not allowed to be punctuated by musical compositions.
Kagti’s characterization of the chief protagonist speaks volumes of a one film old (HMTPL) director. Aamir plays Surjan Sekhawat, a credible cop (without the clichés) who gives the character immense intensity, and authority in sculpting our beliefs with make believe finesse. While you might have reservation about some of his actions, you’d be skeptical in doubting his uprightness. As his shoulders are laden with his irreversible past, he maintains the up-righteousness of a dutiful husband.
Rani Mukerji, sans make-up, portrays the role a credulous wife, hapless in disentangling a failing marriage with ease. The resilient nature of the character is heart-warming. Through Kareena Kapoor, Kagti adds the required zing to the movie as she portrays the role of a "chameli"( only that it is a grade or two better), who seems to be able to control Aamir’s psyche. Among the supporting cast, Shernaz Patel plays the invasive, eccentric neighbour with aplomb.
However the highlight of the movie is Kagti’s ability to engage her audience without revealing too much till the climax.....where those few moments of disclosure are enthralling and captivating. The screenplay worked out by Kagti & Zoya is reassuringly fresh as it gives credence to ingenuity without falling prey to age old clichés. I would go for 7.5 on 10 for this Reema Kagti’s offering.