After Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, director Reema Kagti has returned with an emotional suspense drama that will capture your mind like no other suspense movie has done in Indian cinema for a long time.
The film revoles around the death of a high profile celebrity, where there are more secrets to the puzzle than Aamir Khan’s Inspector Surjan Shekhawat's character can possibly solve. The mystery, however, is also woven around the personal loss and the repercussions of it that Shekhawat and his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherji) face. The movie starts off with a car speeding off the Seaface with no clue leading to the mysterious accident. The chase to find the truth becomes an obsession for Shekhawat. Adding to his troubles is the sultry Rosie (Kareena Kapoor), a call girl who he meets during his investigations. As the investigations proceed, a seemingly simple car accident turns into a bizarre mystery. How the mystery & the personal tragedy are simultaneously resolved, is of course why you should watch this movie.
Though there’s not a light moment throughout the 2 hour 17-odd minutes that you watch the film and go from curiosity, to shock, to wide-eyed wonder, Talaash keeps you glued to the screen throughout most of the first half and during the climax. Like most Aamir Khan flicks, Talaash too shows that every character has a pivotal role to play. Glittering stars apart- Nawazuddin Siddique, Shernaz Patel and Raj Kumar Yadav, in their roles spill more reason for suspense. Beware, though, that you watch Talaash knowing that you are going to be confronted with the darker side of human emotions and the underbelly of Mumbai sans any glamour. Talaash is not minus its flaws but these are minor and easliy overlooked because on the whole you are gripped by the movie.
Aamir Khan has donned the hard cop avatar for Baazi and Sarfarosh but its only in Talaash that he actually dons the khakhi uniform and as usual perfectionist Khan has done a flawless job. As coming to terms with their loss pain ridden parents, Aamir and Rani give effortless performances. Rani with her angst and Kareena with her glamour, mystique and oomph are the right mix for Aamir's intensity. The two ladies prove that they are actresses of calibre, Aiyya and Heroine notwithstanding. Suffice it to say every member of the cast has given restrained yet sensitive performances.
Hats off to Director Reema Kagti who has an ace up her sleeve with razor sharp editing that ups the watchability-quotient of the movie and lighting and camera work that capture the essence of the proceedings and the city accurately. Beautiful lyrics by Javed Akhtar and Music by Ram Sampath keep the pace and tone of the movie going and do full justice to every situation. Muskaane jhooti hain, Jee le zara, in fact every song is fabulous and the background of this one stays with you. Dialogues by Farhan Akhtar with additional dialgues by Anurag Kashyap are terse but deep, never for a moment going over the top.
Beware! Talaash may whet your appetite for more well-crafted thrillers and spark fireworks at the Box Office, taking it to the top of the genre of cult suspense-drama classics.