Cast : Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Director: Reema Kagti.
Talaash opens with a song in which the video takes us on a journey through the hookers and brothels depicting that part of the city, which we all know exists, but tend to over-look and not care about. But director Reema not only looks through it but also sympathises with that population of the country which legally ‘doesn’t exist.’ Quoting a phrase from the movie, “A girl disappears all of a sudden and there is nobody to even ask about her.”
The slow-paced movie begins with an accident (awesome shot) which kills the superstar Arman Kapoor and enters Inspector Surjan Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) who is assigned the case. Investigations seem to be leading him no-where and a couple of his sub-ordinates have already concluded it as a A-final case. (the case with no clues or leads)
Then we are introduced to the tragic past of Suri and Roshni (Rani Mukherjee) which leads her into depression and loneliness gets the better of her as Suri (unable to sleep) stays out for longer hours of the day (and nights) working on the case.
In one of his wanderings during the nights, Suri befriends Rosy (Kareena Kapoor) who talks mysteriously but helps him in solving the case that never was. With her help, he learns that there is much more to the case than it meets the eye and he keeps digging deeper and deeper for ‘truth’.
Enter the limping Timur (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who resides in the brothel of Madame and does all kinds of petty jobs for a living, and the total scene is complete. He finds himself in middle of something important which results in his hatching a plan which would allegedly change his life forever and assist him in escaping the hell that he was living in.
Every scene has a deeper meaning behind it, a sense of despair and regret all through. Every dialogue spoken is a reflection of the emotional turmoil of the characters. That of a couple who has lost their only child (and a bit of themselves) in an accident, that of a father who regrets his momentary carelessness, that of a husband who is bothered about his wife’s health, that of a wife who can’t do anything to make her husband feel better, that of a hooker and her helplessness and inescapable hell that she has been living in, that people can do anything for money..
And the songs add to the pain of the already painful lives that the characters seem to be leading.
It is Aamir’s movie altogether. Those brooding eyes, that silent scowl, that tiredness and the feeling of despair, he weaves magic with his eyes more than the words. Kareena always has a seductive smile on her face and she is smokin’ hot in some shots. Rani, as a housewife, sans any make-up, has very little to do but does total justice to her role. Nawazuddin as Timur is perfect – changing his avatars like a chameleon – looking like a harmless vendor in one scene and as a ruthless extortionist in another.
There are some hilarious and corny lines, by Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap, evoking few laughs.
Rosy – “Just my luck..Haven’t even open the shop and the curfew is already imposed.”
Madame – “Village is where cows and bullock-carts run.”
Roshni – “I don’t need any pills Suri, I need to talk to you. Tell me, can you spend a night with me?”
Suri – “Though your sense of humor is good, the problem is I don’t get laugh so easily.”
Songs (Javed Akhtar) seem to add more pain to the already painful lives that the characters lead. And the background score is spot on. Story (co-written by Reema and Zoya Akhtar) is just fine but a little too clichéd at the climax. Awesome cinematography by Mohanan.
If you were looking for a fast-paced action thriller then you’re in for disappointment. This is no larger-than-life story instead it is a normal story which makes it easily relatable. Unfortunately, this could also be the one reason why it wouldn’t work as much as expected. Because Indian audience wants entertainment (like Salman Khan provides), not such serious tales where concentration is required.
To be frank, I too am included in the list of hypocrites. If not for the famous leads, I’d have just written off this movie as another B-grade revenge saga of a wandering soul (bhatakti aatma).
P.S – Also read Talaash – not a review. And avoid being a spoil-sport.