A very well made thriller – 4.0/5.0
This one will be short. Sometimes, its better to know lesser about a film to enjoy it.
Aamir is a cop, Rani is his wife, Kareena is a hooker. He is investigating a murder of a film star. Thats all I will say about the story of this film.
At 130 min, its a crisp watch. The first half is riveting & is genuinely edge-of-the-seat stuff. The latter slows down in pace a bit but eventually gathers momentum, rolling towards a climax thats more stirring than surpirsing.
Of the performances, Nawazudin Siddique is the star of the show & acts out of his skin. A joy on screen. Aamir is in top form & the last scene deserves a clap more than a mention. Rani is beautifully underplayed in her de-glam avatar.
One has to mention Reema Kagti for her taut grip on the narrative. With a haunting background score by Ram Sampath, the director keeps you into the chase all throughout. The final suspense which might or might not work for you wont quite change the fact that this is one good thriller.
For the most of it, it took me back to Teesri Manzil(1966) & Dhund(1973), 2 films which I love.
To sum it up, Talaash is a brilliantly made film, layered with multiple plots & some superb performances. If you are looking for the Abbas-Mastan style masala suspense caper, then this is the wrong destination. Though the film has some shortcomings that I cant really mention, it still ends up building one hell of an atmosphere that will draw you in.
The victory of Talaash lies in the fact that you might not be floored by the twist but you will be by the film!