Mumbai, Nov 30 (): Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar have given a fascinating tale that captures our attention from the start of the movie and definitely leaves us surprised by the end of it.
3.5 / 5
CAST AND CREW:
Director: Reema Kagti
Cast : Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor, Vivan Bhatena, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan),a troubled police inspector moves to Mumbai after his son’s death in a freak boating accident. Ridden by guilt, he roams the streets of the city that never sleeps at night, leaving his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherji) to deal with the tragedy on her own.
Shekhawat is assigned the case of Armaan Kapoor, an actor who dies after driving his car into the Arabian Sea. While initial reports suggest it to be an accident, inspector Surjan, who is investigating the case, finds a murky case of blackmailing which may have a connection with the accident.
His search for answers takes him to seedy whorehouses and a milieu of pigheadedly uncooperative to dangerously seductive characters.
Shekhawat enlists the help of Rosy (Kareena Kapoor), a sex worker who seems to know many of the players involved in the case. Kagti sketches a motley cast of characters, including a neighbour who talks to the dead (Shernaz Patel) and a crippled pimp who wants to make a quick buck (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).
Was the actor’s death murder or an accident? Is there something that connects Suri’s son’s death and the actor? Does Temur help the investigation, botch it or start his own games altogether? And what role does Rosy really play in all of this?
Aamir Khan lives up with his character of experimenting with a role of cop Surjan Singh Shekhawat. Aamir has given a very restrained performance and stays away from the stereotype, giving depth to his character.
Rani Mukherji plays her role with finesse and a great sense of empathy.
Kareena Kapoor is at her seductive best.
The quality of the screenplay written by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar lifts Talaash well above the ordinary.
The music by Ram Sampath helps carry the movie forward with some soulful melodies. The background score is fitting as it adds to the mystery.
The camera work of Mohanan captures Mumbai in all its glory. The opening sequence, where the credits roll, is especially well shot and sets the mood of the film well.
Reema Kagti keeps a consistent direction throughout the film, giving the viewer everything to concoct the answer to the mystery in their own heads.
Talaash is intelligently structured. The greatest triumph of Talaash is in the manner in which it outlines its gallery of exciting supporting characters.