You know whats the problem with Aamir Khan? When you see him on the screen, you don't actually see Aamir Khan, but the character himself. And not that I am complaining, actually. As usual, here as Inspector Shekhawat, he steals all the accolades as the stoic, intense guy. But just because he is present in front of the camera, the 'expectation bar' soar high, a big task for every director.
Starting off with a crackling opening sequence, Reema Kagti's Talaash doesn't actually follow the suit in the rest journey. But the things that make it work are plenty - sleek production values, sharp camerawork (K U Mohanan), taut acts, fantastic background score and pretty apt songs. Getting everything together, makes it almost a 'should watch' experience, if not 'must watch'. What the movie lacks is - that required punch. Those deep secrets, intriguing suspense - which otherwise here, is pretty simple. The intention of murder is revealed pretty easily, one could imagine even before the intermission. And the MAIN surprise element, too, is hinted in 2 scenes, very early in the movie. What really appreaciable is - the dark shade of the movie. Exploring dark side of the city, dark moments between the couple who has lost their son only recently and the dark side of human emotion. But to tell that side of the story, movie lags in second half - touching 2.5 hours which for any thriller, is quite long.
Both actresses - Rani and Kareena are in their safe zones. Doing what they already did in past films. Still, will give Kareena a higher grade for her perfect played part of a hooker. And no, i am not complaining about those cheesy lines, well, they are meant to be like that. Rajkumar Yadav plays his part perfectly, but Nawazuddin shines as that limping guy who has eyes on everything around his street.
That said, its now understood why the makers kept lowest possible profile in promoting the movie. Its neither too big surprise, nor an unforgettable experience. Overall, its a movie that holds you for its running time, but you don't bring much to home. Watch it for all its plus points (as mentioned above).
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