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Talaash: The Answer Lies Within | Murder Mystery | Hindi Suspence Thriller Movie Reviews

Making a quality movie is an art in itself. Sometimes the movie have so strong entertainment quotient that the rest of its attributes are not considered. For example, the Salman Khan movies (recent few releases) provides pure entertainment, hence rest of the factors become minor there. And the love of the people makes them super hit. However there are a few actor who are considered as choosy and their movies are being awaited eagerly. For example, the work of Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan… to name a few.

Movie :
Talaash (Talaash: The Answer Lies Within)
Producers : Ritesh Sidhwani, Aamir KhanFarhan Akhtar
Director :
Reema Kagti
Written By : (Dialogs), (Additional Dialogs)
ScreenPlay & Story : Reema Kagti,
Musician : Ram Sampath
Cinematography : K. U. Mohanan
Editor : Anand Subaya
Studio : Excel Entertainment, Aamir Khan Productions
Distributed by : Reliance Entertainment
Released On :
Starring : Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Kumar Yadav, Shernaz Patel, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vivek Madan, Vivan Bhatena, Pariva Pranati, and others…

Recently, a suspence crime thriller named Talaash, starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles is released. It made headlines for various reasons. From the under promotion, to the suspence about the story, to Aamir’s get-up as a cop (with mustaches) to many other speculations like whether Aamir should work in such movie after giving a Television show like Satyamev Jayate! In democracy you are free to express your views about other’s decisions and same way others are free to take their own decisions; so let us not discuss that, but try to give you our personal reviews for the movie.

In an interview Zoya Akhtar (one of the story/screenplay writer) mentioned that she heard about some strange incidents at a certain place; which made her to think a similar story and bring it at the silver screen. She (with her brother Farhaan, Reema Kagti and Aamir Khan – who in various different department supported her) prepre the final stuff for the director Reema Kagti to work on. Reema did her job brilliantly.

The story revolves around a high profile case. Film star Armaan Kapoor. He was self driving a car (he usually doesn’t like to self drive, by the way) and passing through a place near by a red-light area. Clearly the road and the area he is passing by are not on his way from his studio to his home (where he was expected to going). Suddenly something happened and his car was in the wrong direction. It jumped into the sea, breaking the fencing wall. The car was sunk and Armaan who stuck inside was declared dead. It was late night when it happened and the police officer on the night petroling Inspector SurjanSingh Shekhavat came to oversee the site. He will be the in charge of this high profile case which will be under the media nose (due to association of a celebrity with the same). Sub Inspector Devvrat Kulkarni will be assisting him.

However the case was looking like a suicide at first, as the eye witnesses saw nothing else coming in the way of the car, nor any other fellow found travelling with Armaan. His family was in the deep shock. As there were no traces found that whether he had any problem with anyone else which could have lead to this incident. Surjan found that the car drove away to the sea in a way that if the driver saw someone (or something) in the middle of the road and he tried saving him/her/it. And in order to do that Armaan lost control of the car and met with the accident.

In the red light area, a pimp named Shashi was found to have some large amount of money the same night. He was living with a former prostitute, to whom he purchased from a madam running a bing prostitution house. When Tehmur (a kind of assistant to Shashi) came to their home, she spoke something which irk the temper of Shashi and later (once Tehmur gone) he beats her on the same topic.

Inspector Shekhavat have his own problems too. We learn that he have lost his only son Karan before few years. They went for an outing and his son came to them (Surjan and his wife Roshani) to get permission to let him wander around. After getting permission from the parents Karan and his friend was wandering around and they ride a speed boat. As they couldn’t control it they met with an accident and fall in the deep waters. Surjan tried but was able to save Karan’s friend only. These memories keep haunting to him and his wife both. His wife Roshani was seeing a psychiatrist and Surjan has developed insomnia. He was unable to sleep at night. Which make him petroling in the night and keep an eye on the events happened in his area.

Mr. and Mrs. Shekhavat have a neighbour named Mrs. Bilimoria, who came to their home when Roshani was unpacking. She then send Roshani to kitchen for some stuff and found the photo of Karan. She show affection and love to the photograph and we gotta know that she somehow knows Karan!!!

On his quest to solve the case of Armaan’s death, Surjan meet a prostitute named Rosy. She land him a clue regarding one of the missing piece. Surjan found that she can be helpful to him during his investigation.

Who is Rosy and why she helped Surjan Singh Shekhavat (aka Suri)? How Mrs. Bilimoria gotta know Karan? Will Suri and Roshani get out of the painful life they live? Will Suri be able to solve the case of the film star’s death? Will there be any other mystery to unfold and resolve?

A lot of questions…. All can be answered by watching the movie. As it is a suspense thriller we don’t want to provide any spoilers here. The screenplay and story are good. Though, lead to some superstitions some may or may not like it. It is nonetheless good as a thriller. If to talk about the acting Aamir plays his part fluently and efficiently. Rani Mukerji is just perfect for the Role of Roshni. Nawazuddin is excellent. See his body language and you will see his range. One of the most memorable scene he did was his escape from the train station. Kareena looks glamorous and plays her part well. Rajkumar Yadav does his work. Shernaz Patel is convincing. Reema and Zoya both did well in their areas. The songs are failed creating any stunning effect, but the background score is good. The sets and locales are authentic. The guy playing Shashi is convincing. In a comparatively short role of Armaan’s friend, the cold blooded businessman, the actor who played it, did well. In the initial scenes of the movie, however you will be able to pick that this is the real locale and this is the set; which is slight disappointing.

Overall, a nice movie with good performances and direction with good screenplay and writing. The movie have more positive then the negatives making it a good watch.

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  1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui – won – Special Jury Award (actor) at 60th National Film Awards (considered as the most genuine Film Awards In India) for his work in Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash. The award contains cash prize of INR:2,00,000 in addition to a certificate and Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) award.

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