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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
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Talaash critic rating (DNA India): 3.5

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Talaash  (2012 - Hindi)

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Talaash cumulative rating: 3.15 out of 53.15/5 (278 users)

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

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  • Realistically 'Unreal'...

    Talaash rating: 0 out of 10(Anonymous wrote on 02 Dec 2012)

    THE RECOLLECTION: It was August, 1994…I went to watch 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' with my cousin sisters…We reached the hall earlier to ensure the availability of tickets as the earlier shows went housefull…We got the tickets, roamed around in the streets to pass the extra time & entered into the hall at the right time..The advertisement started, followed by the promos of the upcoming films…But, we noticed that the promos are dragging too far…After the promo of an animated film went on for 20 minutes approximately, we could not help asking another viewer sitting beside us, "When the film 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' will start?" He looked at our tickets, grinned & said that "You got wrong tickets…'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' is scheduled for the next show"…The sudden jerk which we felt at that very moment of helplessly watching an animated film instead of a highly-awaited romantic drama was somewhat equivalent to the unexpected jolt which I experienced after the twist of the movie 'Talaash', towards its climax !!

    MOVIE….A) Story: Famous film actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) mysteriously died in a car accident…His car drowned in the Arabian Sea…Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) investigates the case..As the time passes, he meets some more mysteries…His personal life with his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherji) is at a bad shape after the death of their only son…Meanwhile he meets a sex worker named Rosy(Kareena Kapoor) who provides him some clues for this murder case…Rest of the story reveals the mystery with a slightly imperfect combination of reality,artificiality & supernaturally…
    B) Direction & Acting: Reema Kagti's direction was praiseworthy…She managed to hold the suspense in a gripping way for almost 125 minutes (till the unnatural twist)…Aamir Khan was superb as expected…Rani Mukherji perfectly portrayed the role of a mentally devastated mother with almost no-make up-look…Kareena Kapoor's performance was brilliant, though her attire was more fashionable than of a street-hooker…Also, her expression was more sophisticated (more like an elite escort) rather being 'lack of sophistication yet charming' attitude of an ordinary prostitute (the character she was given)…Nawazuddin Siddiqui carried his role so effortlessly that it was hard to believe that he was actually acting in front of a camera…
    C) Camera Work & Music: I have never been to Mumbai…But, the way Mohanan captured some intricate details of a city life, thats truly amazing…Ram Sampath's music is commendable, with a special mention to "Muskaanein Jhooti Hai" & "Jiya Lage Na"…The smooth fusion of Jazz with Classical music adds a new dimension, with the help of Javed Akhtar's beautiful lyrics !!

    CONNECTION WITH REALISM : It was the summer of 2009…Place: Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania…I along with my husband & some friends was on a leisurely walk in the streets of the city after dinner…There found some prostitutes standing under trees, waiting for their customers…Almost all of them were giving whistle, rushing towards every car passing that street with their typical gestures…The street lamps were bright, so were their vibrant red lipsticks…All of them were smiling…But, the sadness behind every eye was so limpid that even the shimmering blue shade of eye-shadow could not hide that…Looking at them I was thinking exactly what Rosy told Surjan in a scene of this film, that says if a sex-worker goes out with her customers & does not come back to her place timely, then probably no one asks/enquires for her…The oldest profession of this world, where womanhood is the subject of exploitation under some forced circumstances is a reality till date & 'Talaash' depicted this part quite artistically yet convincingly !!

    CONCLUSION : 'Talaash' is definitely enthralling but, keeping in mind the huge expectation from a Aamir Khan movie & a little unconvincing twist, the movie may not work for everybody…Its not always necessary to appreciate whatever is shown in a suspense drama, if you give credence to that exalted quote of Mary McCarthy that says, "We all live in suspense from day to day…In other words, you are the hero of your own story"...

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