Saturday, December 1, 2012

Movie Review: Talaash

Talaash is the sort of movie you've got real real high hopes from for a number of reasons. 1. It's an Aamir Khan movie. Brand name sold. 2. Reema Kagti's the director & screenplay writer along with Zoya Akhtar. It's got even Anurag Kashyap as its additional dialogues writer. Top-notch creative team sold. 3. It's got Nawazuddin Siddiqui. This man's a class actor. He belongs to the league of unconventional actors such as Manoj Bajpai, Naseerudin Shah, Abhay Deol. Sold.Sold.Sold.

Riding high on the Ethos factor, you're naturally bound to have high expectations from such a movie. Moreover, Talaash's trailer has an intriguing appeal that gets you hooked. It leaves an impression that it will be similar to the genre of Kahaani. Unfortunately, it is far far away from a spectacular movie like Kahaani. Given it's an Aamir Khan production/starrer, you'll be really disappointed when they burst the bubble. The suspense won't kill you but rather shock you in a bad way. In a omg-you've-got-to-be-kidding-me sort of way. In a you-couldn't-be-more-cliched way. If this was porn, the suspense killer of the movie would be like you being turned on & then been left there hanging...basically KLPD yaar. Ultimate KLPD.

The movie's got an interesting start,really keeps you gripped as the movie progresses but post-intermission,the magic starts to wear off and eventually, you realise it's just another cliched story. Personally, I had my own reservations even from the beginning of the movie. They could've done without the overuse of eerie music and uncalled for songs. It's like you're trying to make a suspense thriller at one hand while a Satyamev Jayate on the other. But oh well,I guess that's what you get when you hire Ram Sampath as the music director.

Plus,I couldn't agree more with Nikhil Taneja when he tweeted "Why do filmmakers *NEED* to use the name of the film in it? If you don't say "Talaash" 4 times, will the film be abt Mangal Pandey instead?"(Credits: @tanejamainhoon). I had the exact same sentiments everytime Aamir Khan used the word "Talaash" in the movie. It sounded as tacky as Chunkey Pandey's forever wardrobe malfunction, not to forget his unneeded attendance in Bollywood events. You really don't expect this from Aamir Khan.

For all Rani Mukherjee lovers, she was as good as being non-existent in the film so boo-hoo. The entire family angle did not click with me. I felt the movie had an unfocused plot with a really cliched ending. And I meannnnn cliched. When you watch the last scene of the movie, you'll get a deja vu of Satyamev Jayate. I kid you not. Also, Aamir Khan as a cop wasn't that convincing. I mean come on, you say he's an encounter specialist and all he does is give an unconvincing stare at people? Really? As great as an actor he is, he failed to invoke the elements of fear that he should have given his character brief that you get from the movie. Epic.Fail.

This movie is wrongly classified as a thriller. I don't know what genre to give it. It's like a cross between emotional drama and..I can't tell you the 2nd cos if I do,I'll be giving away the suspense of the movie so..go watch it and find out for yourself. Not really worth a theatre watch though.

In short,
Mediocre screenplay,Poor direction,Average dialogues,Good music,Bad background score,Decent acting.
My rating: 3/5. The movie's a decent one-time watch. It's not a bad movie per se. It's just not the sort of movie you expect Aamir Khan to deliver. It's disappointing for the benchmark he's set so high for us audiences and himself too.

Also, you know Ram Sampath, you could've just produced a solo album and asked Aamir Khan or I don't know..some other big brand to co-finance it. You didn't really have to make sure it was a part of a movie. You've got good sense of music bro, but not really when it comes to background score. Yeah..you went a *little* overboard there. Try a little less hard next time.


P.S - You know what's the real moral of the story? People may die,bodies may decay, but gem stones & rings are forever. Also, if you find one, even in the most creepiest of locations, yeah you keep it.Cos finders keepers, losers weepers.


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