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Go for this gripping tale

For a movie that clinched the ‘100 crore club’ badge even before hitting the screens, Talaash was undoubtedly one of the most-awaited movies of 2012. Distribution rights and satellite rights of the movie have aced other releases this year by a mile (and more). But then, let’s not talk trade. There were spoilers and there were bigger spoilers that had half the audience wondering what Talaash is all about. Especially since it was believed that Talaash and Kahaani had somewhat similar trajectories and as rumour had it, the release dates of Talaash were therefore shifted. Though we cannot entirely give it away, we do believe that most will know of the plot and the climax by the time the review goes to print.
has a riveting plot. It is a little unexpected how the climax turns and it works well for the movie. Okay, perhaps you can guess the twist, or at least off-handedly predict it. But Kagti has woven it in well and trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

The story revolves around an accident that leaves a movie star Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) dead. The actor had driven off the road and nosedived into the sea and drowned. In comes inspector Surjan Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) who takes up the case and has no plans to let it off as a suicide. As investigations proceed — the case just gets murkier as characters like sex-worker Rosie (Kareena Kapoor) and Tehmur (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) get involved in a case the spans from the posh penthouses to the murky redlight area bylanes and hotels.

Surjan has his own demons to battle. Married for 12 years to Roshni (Rani Mukherji), the couple are just trying to come to terms with the death of their son Karan.

The best part of Talaash is that the movie grips you. Even if certain scenes seem slow and a little dragged out, they all work beautifully towards the gritty climax. The main concept behind the movie is very good, it has been quite a while since Bollywood has come up with real meaty content — but Talaash is it. To be fair, you may be able to guess it a while before the talaash actually ends.  

Kagti toys with divergent ideas and thought processes but gets them all back into one solid theme. The search is endless. It almost seems that the talaash that Aamir started in Ghajini morphs in to his quest in Talaash.

Talaash is Aamir’s show, hands down. But Kareena and Nawazuddin make perfect foils to Aamir’s on-screen capacities. Especially Nawazuddin. He metamorphoses into a character that is hard to ignore. This is one of Kareena’s better films. Rani is in her elements, but the show belongs to others. Ram Sampath’s background score melts in effortlessly and camerawork is excellent. Go for it for sure. We’ll end the talaash for a good movie this weekend with this.
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