Talaash – Hindi Movie Review
Talaash, directed by Reema Kagti, based on a book co-written by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, is a brilliantly made suspense thriller, with a talented cast that includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, playing Temur, a pimp’s right hand man. Inspector Shekhawat, played by Aamir Khan is investigating a high profile murder of a prominent actor, that leads him to Rosie (gorgeous Kareena Kapur), linked to the pimp and his cronies, residing in the red light district of the murky underworld of Mumbai. At the same time, Shekhawat is also distressed by emptiness, due to tragic death of his little son, in an accident, and has distanced himself from his wife, Roshni, played by Rani Mukharjee. After therapy sessions and anti-depressant drugs, Roshni finally finds solace in secret conversations with her dead son, through a psychic. While Shekhawat refuses to accept that dead can communicate, he has immersed himself in the murder case, which through many twists and turns, continues to bring him in close contact with Rosie. At the same time, helplessness of all the things he could have done to avert his son’s accident, keeps eating away at him.
The anti-climatic conclusion was somewhat disappointing and may not please many of us in the science obsessed society of the West. However, this seems to be a somewhat familiar theme in India, and the film netted Rs. 12.50 crore (US $2.28 M) on its opening day, making it the 6th highest opening for a movie in 2012. The film netted Rs. 64.31 crore (US $ 11.7 M) in its first week, in the domestic market. Clearly, there is a section of the population that identifies with the storyline. Movie takes many twists and turns and acting is brilliant. Aamir Khan, in the role of police inspector, at once in control and yet helpless in case of his own personal tragedy, Rani Mukharjee, in her grief-stricken, de-glam role, and Kareena Kapoor, as seductress, looking for customers, in the red light district, give praiseworthy performance. Regardless of the view one holds of certain things inexplicable, the blackmails, murders, and sub-plots connecting the underworld to the rich and famous, keep the viewers riveted, till the very end. I give it a rating of 3.8 on 1-5 scale, with 5 being excellent.