Talaash (2012)

The film starts off on a note of promise. A well known actor gets mysteriously killed by reckless driving and plunges the car into his watery grave. The expectation of the viewer mounts as the credit list a few minutes back showed some of the most vaunted names of recent Bollywood associated with the film (Farhan & Joya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Reema Kagti besides of course, Amir Khan).  

But alas! In spite of the authentic mood and locales, the suspenseful tale of an upright cop Surjan Sekhawat (Amir Khan) investigating the mishap loses its grip soon after. The film weaves unnecessary sub-text of personal tragedy of the cop having lost his 8 year old son who drowned during a family picnic which made his wife (Rani Mukherjee) suffer immeasurably who thereafter sought solace in a neighbor with miraculous power of talking with the dead (Shernaz Patel). Enter a prostitute (Kareena Kapoor) into the plot that looks more like a model with her superficial smile and polished mannerisms.

The climax is always a focal point in a mystery tale, and the film disappoints in a big, big way. There have been films of intrigue when the director didn’t even bother to offer an answer (the Mrinal Sen films Ek Din Achanak & Ek Din Pratidin comes to mind), but when you do unravel the Gordian knot of your plot, there ought to be a semblance of credibility in it.

The film is dark throughout. One couldn’t recall a single scene in a lighter vein. The return of the dead in our midst is a hard pill to digest.  Nawazuddin Siddique (Kahaani, GOW) acts in a cameo. The film is directed by Reema Kagti, and the story(?) is credited to Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.

Rating: 1 out of 5


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