Movie Review: Talaash (2012)
The brand Aamir Khan always has high value and so are the expectations from his movies. Talash had huge expectations, firstly due to star cast Aamir, Kareena & Rani coming together. Secondly, the genre of the movie ; Mystery & Suspense. Bollywood hasn’t churned out mystery drama much specially with this kind of star cast. Thirdly, the team behind the movie; Farhan Akhtar & Aamir Khan’s co-production. Everything seemed right on the paper with Farhan, Anurag penning the dialogues, script by Reema and Joya and direction by Reema . Above all, the perfectionist and the most dependable actor of Bollywod Aamir Khan. He wouldn’t have signed a film, until he is convinced that it will click with the audience.
Unfortunately, Talaash doesn’t meet the expectations of Indian cinegoer. The whole movie could be nothing but an episode of Fear Files at best but nothing more than that. Talent like Rani and Kareena are wasted for such mediocre roles which are generally done by supporting cast even their prior movies. Even the character of Aamir Khan is not justified.
Talash is a ‘suspense drama’ which Aamir has been repeating in every interviews or on press NOT a suspense thriller, but the movie which begins on suspense note turns out to be some human emotional journey of a lead character. Had it stayed until that, it would still had been an average fare but the script writer seems to be lost so much into the script (s)he inserts paranormal angle which simply spoils the interest of a viewer.
The movie already lacks the thrilling grip in the first place which is an essential ingredients for any kind of mystery movie. Then it completely disappoints audience with such ridiculous revelation of suspense. Truly, as a normal audience I felt cheated. When you go to watch any whodunit movie, your brain starts ticking the suspicion clock towards different characters of the movie. You use the movie proceedings as clue to deduce the mystery behind the curtain, but the mystery of Talaash is so mediocre that even fans of Aamir Khan will find it hard to digest.
The movie begins with a road accident of a popular film star. Aamir Khan, a police is given task to solve the mystery why and how that road accident happened was it suicide, murder or mere an accident. While unraveling the mystery behind the accident Aamir himself who is suffering from Insomnia due to his child’s death goes through series of revelations. In the due course he meets Kareena, a prostitute who helps him with leads to the case. While meeting with her frequently, he becomes more and more close to Kareena but gets far apart from his own wife Rani.
Rani on ther other hand starts believing she can communicate with her dead son through some paranormal rituals with help of a lady who leads her into this stuff. Rani is happy communicating with her dead son who tells her to let his DAD talk with him through the lady.
Aamir Khan does not believe in such crap. He is already burdened with guilt for failing to take good care of his son who accidentally drowned. He blames himself for his son’s death gets more and more engrossed into road accident mystery. He follows the clues given by Kareena but finally gets to know there is more about Kareena which he doesn’t know.
The biggest flaw of the script is there is no importance of Aamir Khan’s character for whole story to proceed. The protagonist of the story, which we can’t reveal, who he/she is, doesn’t seek Aamir Khan’s help to carry out the revenge. Even the mystery why such accidents happen is awful. Audience is never revealed why so much vengeance. The director never tries to even convince audience the kind of suffering the protagonist went through which led to the revenge.
The movie does takes influence from Hollywood hit “The Machinist” but had the script writer ever saw even the 60s Bollywood suspense like Bees Saal Baad, Wo Kaun Thi, Mera Saaya (s)he would have never thought to make a movie out of this kind of script. The script falls flat. Even 60s Black and White Suspense movies looks much better than Talash.
In terms of acting Aamir does his role with full justice. As he has to underplay his role as ordinary policeman so nothing mind blowing can be seen in this movie like in Rang De Basanti or Ghajani. Rani doesn’t get much to do but stay mute and emote most of the times. In a scene where she needs to burst she does it naturally. Kareena after Chameli and Herione prostitute bit its pretty ordinary fare for her, even sleep walks at times. Nothing new (?).
Music wise the songs are played mostly in the background while the story progress, so you don’t much remember but while it was playing it doesn’t hurt your ears. There are just a few supporting characters in the movie, whose takes up the screen space for no obvious reasons. Even their entry and exit are not properly justified in the movie.
Trade wise the movie seems to be having produced with very meager budget. At times it gives you feeling you are watching some ‘CID’ or ‘Crime Patrol’ episodes on tv; no foreign locales, no huge sets mostly shot in door locations and some streets of Mumbai. The movie will recover its investment in no time due to low production cost and high star brand value. But in terms of quality cinema or even entertainment the movie disappoints.
Non cohesive script, tepid screenplay and unconvincing mystery revelation makes Talash a mediocre fare.