Talaash (12A)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 23 2012

Discerning fans of Bollywood are in for a treat with this sombre crime thriller. No-nonsense Mumbai police inspector Surjan Singh Sekhawat (Aamir Khan) is called on to investigate the death of a superstar, Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena), whose car inexplicably veered off a highway and plunged into the sea. The investigation leads Sekhawat into the underbelly of the sex industry where he encounters sultry Rosy (Kareena Kapoor). The troubled married cop becomes increasingly close to his informant and estranged from his grieving wife Roshni (Rani Mukherji), who is struggling to come to terms with the death of their son.

Director Reema Kagti sets the tone from the outset with the opening credits: a montage of sober night images of ordinary Mumbai street life. She takes us into the notorious red-light district around the city’s Grant Road area, emphasing the broken lives of the three protagonists rather than the eventual outcome of the case. The result is a poignant, melancholy but never maudlin exploration of the unbearable pain caused by loss.

Performances are uniformly impressive, with Khan proving again that he is the finest actor of his generation. The customary songs are never intrusive, blending seamlessly into the background score. Kagti’s deliberate slow pacing of the plot gradually immerses us in the lives of these damaged souls. While she is clearly influenced by Indian-American director M Night Shyamalan’s trademark supernatural style, her film is rooted in pure Indian beliefs. Perhaps the plot does not make sense on a second viewing, but as the title translates, this fruitful ‘search’ provides the necessary thrills and tears. A tip: do stick around for the final shot of the end credits.

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Release details

Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 30, 2012

Duration:

140 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Reema Kagti

Cast:

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

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M Ali

Really good film, a bollywood film yet not a bollywood film if you know what i mean...great acting by all the cast, Amir as usual GREAT Kareena wow what a performance..really recommend it..

M Ali

Really good film, a bollywood film yet not a bollywood film if you know what i mean...great acting by all the cast, Amir as usual GREAT Kareena wow what a performance..really recommend it..

jooce

Very good review Dr Anil as always! I saw the film before seeing the review. I thought the film was excellent compared to the 'normal', predictable bollywood movies. The background sounds were very nice so it didn't spoil the seriousness of the story (i think) and this film was not your usually police corruption saga was it? Amir Khan has yet again done a fantastic job. I think it should be the film of the year but I have a feeling it will not be as it is not a fanciful musical with a laborious story!

naveed

This is a really good film all actors did really well included Amir Khan,Rani Mukerji,and Kareena Kapoor. Review are excellent can be best film of the year.

naveed

This is a really good film all actors did really well included Amir Khan,Rani Mukerji,and Kareena Kapoor. Review are excellent can be best film of the year.

naveed

This is a really good film all actors did really well included Amir Khan,Tani Mukerji,and Kareena Kapoor. Review are excellent can be best film of the year.

naveed

This is a really good film all actors did really well included Amir Khan,Tani Mukerji,and Kareena Kapoor. Review are excellent can be best film of the year.

Zack

I disagree with this review. Although the movie has an interesting story when it examines the cop's relationship with his informant with that of his wife, it can sometimes drag at times. I can see what the director was attempting to do but I think he failed on execution. Average film.

Aarti

I saw this last night based on the good reviews on this site - What a load of rubbish the film was. Don't bother wasting your time or money. I've seen better episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Minakshi

Great review of the film as always by Dr Anil it motivated me to watch the film and has took me back to start watching Bollywood movies again. I definitely agree with Dr Anil's view on the movie and its not your usual police capturing crime and love story and has a dept in to the lives of people in Bombay. I recommend watching it to everyone..

Minakshi

Great review of the film as always by Dr Anil it motivated me to watch the film and has took me back to start watching Bollywood movies again. I definitely agree with Dr Anil's view on the movie and its not your usual police capturing crime and love story and has a dept in to the lives of people in Bombay. I recommend watching it to everyone..

Pooja

Spot on review of this fab film. Along with Khan, Kareena has given a brilliant performance.

Pooja

Spot on review of this fab film. Along with Khan, Kareena has given a brilliant performance.

Philip

Excellent review and it's worthy of great commendation. The movie was well thought through,I can call it huru.

Philip

Excellent review and it's worthy of great commendation. The movie was well thought through,I can call it huru.

Preeti

Beautifully written review just a pity it doesn't accurately describe the experience of watching this mediocre movie, three stars max in my opinion

ricardo

Quite a good film, though I would not rate it 4 stars. He is usually spot on on his ratings, think he had an off day or more drinks than usual :).

shaz

very good movie better than now a days crap amir khan kareena rani best actors now that's what I call true actors 10 out of ten for me Hollywood standerd filme comment you type in this box will appear on the site

shaz

very good movie better than now a days crap amir khan kareena rani best actors now that's what I call true actors 10 out of ten for me Hollywood standerd filme comment you type in this box will appear on the site

Chaz

Guys? I've just finished viewing this film. Its just a normal crime thriler. I wouldn't call it a blockbuster. I f you want to see a real movie with lots. Not even son of sardar or student of the year. Its Jab tak hai jaan. Its a movie which will make your heart beat leaving you with memories.

1.2.remember

WATCHED IT TODAY AND ITS ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH TO SAY THE LEAST... COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME.. IF UR INTO BOLLYWOOD THEN U WILL SUSS THE SO CALLED "TWIST" IN THE FILM VERY EARLY AND ONCE U'VE DONE THAT THEN ITS JUST THE MATTER OF WATCHING IT THROUGH FOR THE SAKE OF IT...

Aman

Excellent,must watch.100 time better than jthj and other so call romantic masala films of bollywood.love it.

Aman

Excellent,must watch.100 time better than jthj and other so call romantic masala films of bollywood.love it.