TALAASH (2012) - Vicious reality with a pinch of supernatural

Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji in London promotion of TALASH

Reema Kagti’s ‘Talaash’ is a suspense thriller set in a vicious reality with a pinch of the supernatural. The film depicts the tale of a search which makes the title apt.  Answers, clues, missing links, reprieve from woes, peace of mind, ways to good life etc have been the objects of the searches persuaded by individuals in the film.

Inspector Surjan Singh Shekawat (Amir Khan) takes over the charge of the case of a mysterious accident leading to the death of a top Bollywood actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivaan Bhatena). The very first scene which opens at the marine drive of Mumbai takes the audience to the edges of their seats. Shekawat, an officer of high repute, starts investing the case and stumbles upon some mysterious facts which hints at deep foul play behind the accident. He meets Rosy (Kareena Kapoor), a high profile prostitute during the investigation, who keeps providing vital leads. Unnatural deaths continue to happen to persons related to the case. Shekawat also confronts Taimur (Nawazuddin Siddique), a handicapped street-smart guy who acts as a regular help to pimps and middle-men. All these form the beginnings of a spectacular suspense thriller which keeps the audience glued to silver screen, not giving them opportunity even to blink.

A parallel story about the cop's family focuses on his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherjee) and the couple trying hard to cope with a tragic personal loss, even trying to contact the dead via supernatural means.

Amir Khan, who plays a cop for the third time in his career (after ‘Baazi’ and ‘Sarfarosh’) is expectedly stellar. Rani Mukherjee in her de-glamorized role of a home-maker is also outstanding. She justifies the tag of the female perfectionist. Kareena Kapoor as the seductive prostitute who uses her words, eyes and of course her curves to attract men also has earned a place beside the two perfectionists. Apart from the lead stars the actor who has grabbed considerable attention in the film is Nawazuddin Siddique. As a sidekick of those who run the red-light area, he stands out in the acting department (powered by a defective leg in the film) once again proving his versatility.

The story which shifts between reality and supernatural elemets is a primary attraction of the film and thus full credit to Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar for that. Dialogues by Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap make a mark in the film. So does the cinematography of Mohanan as he captures the hellish world of the Mumbai red light area, suburban stations of Mumbai and the night streets of the biggest city of India. The music of Ram Sampath compliments the moods and tone of the film well. Suspense thrillers are no easy thing to pull off successfully but Reema Kagti has definitely pulled it off well, even adding supernatural aspects to it, and has kept the movie out of the reach of predictability which is a must for any thriller. The box office collections for Talaash should be impressive!

Watch Talash Hindi Movie Trailer.

- Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)