Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Grey Area Talaash Movie Review

Director  Reema Kagti

Starring   Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Raj Kumar Yadav

Rating     3/5

One of the most awaited films of the year, Aamir Khan makes for compulsive viewing, at least for me.

I love Suspense thrillers, mysteries and Film Noir. The fact that a woman was captaining this complicated and tough ship was enticing.

I will start with performances in the film since they can rise or sink the best of stories.

Aamir Khan as the angst ridden, self blaming, grieving father who is also a respectable cop with a commendable track record is a pleasure to watch. His Surjan Singh Shekhawat is sad yet witty, humane yet tough, and he has shown yet again why he is the Khan with acting chops.

This film is another addition in the list of Rani's nuanced performances. As the mother who has lost her child she is pitch perfect, dealing with her grief, and a marriage on pause, she emotes with a mere look of her eyes, the tremble of her lips and underlying pathos when she speaks. Together they are totally believable, relate-able and share a very good chemistry as a couple. I could feel the pain of their characters and it is not an easy act.

Coming to Kareena Kapoor Khan, her sheer honesty shines through and makes her very mediocre performance rise above a few notches. As a street walker, she looks too glamorous and sophisticated, but it never really bothers you. Charisma at play totally.

And then we have Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a powerhouse performer, who is always surprising me with his avatars... What a pleasure to watch someone so in control yet so vulnerable as he becomes the character and you forget its a film that is scripted.

Raj Kumar Yadav is fast becoming another favorite of mine. This Gurgaon boy is going to go places with his brand of natural performances, and in his scenes with Aamir, he is confident and spot on.

So what is the problem with Talaash? The writing is the weakest point. Suspense thrillers are tough nuts to crack. Reema Kagti's tale of each character's journey to find something, is rock solid in the first half of the narrative, but as tracks merge and new angles arise, it loses steam towards the final act.

Talaash, essentially a crime thriller, also deals with a lot of other issues. It is a plus because of the layers it adds, but the same is a minus, because some of the stories or layers fail to really come up to the perfect "Sur".

The film touches upon themes of loss of a child and its effects on a marriage, the believers and nonbelievers, the sad lives of the underbelly denizens and the deliverance of supreme justice. Some of them come out brilliantly, and some are just left under explored.

We each have our own journeys and our own inner demons, and the writers have tried to capture that, but could not control the unfolding of what could have been a superbly gripping finale. Some moments in the film will stay with you, specially the Aamir Rani scenes. The Nawaz - Sheeba track is also very touching.

Without spoilers, all I can say is some revelations come too early for the viewer to truly enjoy the climax. The end is something you would either like or feel disappointed. I liked it.

I also liked the moodiness of the film, and good editing does not let it slacken, the cinematography by K.U Mohanan who also shot Miss Lovely is a perfect partner for the narrative. Ram Sampath's music is above average, with Hona Hai Kya and Muskaanein Jhoothi Hain being my picks of the album.

Kagti is in control as a director, and redeems herself after the very forgettable Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.

My verdict : Watch It

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