Movie Review: Teen Patti (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★½☆☆
Box Office: Disaster

teen-patti-14Set in India and England, and starring two of the greatest living acting legends of our times – czar of the Indian film industry. Amitabh Bachchan and Academy Award Winner Sir Ben Kingsley – TEEN PATTI is an emotionally riveting and razor sharp thriller about greed, deception and glint feats of imagination. Relayed against the backdrop of modern India – made internationally beloved following the success of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. TEEN PATTI is one of the most fascinating new films to emerge from Asia, its theme and narrative are so profoundly particular to India that it is ultimately transcendent and therefore universal in its appeal.

Ben Kingsley who essays Perci Trachtenberg, widely regarded as the world’s greatest living mathematician, meets Vankat, played by Amitabh Bachchan, a reclusive math genius from India, at a high rolling casino in London. Venkat tells Perci about an equation that could not only change the dialogue on mathematics forever, but one that has already left an indelible impression of guilt – for many painful reasons – on Venkat’s life.


As turns out, the reclusive genius Venkat has cracked a theory that could redefine the principles of probability and randomness. However, as with all exceptional knowledge, his equation has its upside – as well as its dark underbelly. Aware that he is on the precipice of an extraordinary discovery, one that could find applications across various sciences, Venkat is encouraged to test his theory in the real world by professor Shantanu essayed by Madhavan (the super star from South India), an ambitious colleague of Venkat.

Although Venkat has no interest in the money that could come from practicing his equation to crack TEEN PATTI, (a poker game) which could take in all the moolah, he eventually succumbs to Shantanu’s charismatic persuasion. Soon, with the help of a few students, each with a complicated and singular fate of their own, they explore the addas (underground gambling dens) of wild Bombay, and a series of edge-of-your-seat escapades keep the film moving faster than a bullet.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “a taut thriller that keeps you glued for most of the screen time”
Times Of India
3.5 “has layers, a strong, cautionary tale of a message, and makes you think”
Star Box Office
3.0 “a great watch this weekend”
Zee News
3.0 “has layers to it, far more than what you see”
3.0 “Watch it for its casting, a young set of actors who deliver and a script that captivates”
Average Reviews
2.5 “A stylish attempt definitely, but it goes wrong horribly towards the end”
IBN Live
2.5 “a fresh concept, made well, but limits itself to the intelligentsia and big city audiences mainly”
2.5 “worth a watch just for Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley”
2.5 “a hatke experience which is no harm in trying provided you are willing to be a little patient with its second half”
Real Bollywood
Negative Reviews
2.0 “It’s Leena Yadav’s too-many-frills-attached direction that makes ‘Teen Patti’ fall down like a house of cards”
2.0 “not as cool as it thinks it is”
1.5 “a disappointing mediocrity. Its a messy concoction of flash and bang with zero substance”
1.0 “the ‘neeyat’ (intention) of the movie is not Kharab but sadly the entire movie is”
1.0 “the premise of the picture itself remains unknown”
Hindustan Times


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