From Talaash to Goulash

They first attributed the delay in release owing to similarities with Sujoy Ghosh’s masterpiece, Kahaani. Then they insinuated that its plot borrows heavily from ‘Anniyan’, a 2005 Tamil blockbuster and from the grim 2010 Di Caprio starrer ‘Shutter Island’.
And all this while Aamir and his team kept mum. After all, any publicity is good publicity, right?

I can safely certify that Talaash is nothing like any of the flicks cited above. If anything, it’s far more superlative in terms of performances.

Aamir gets into the skin of his character- a tormented soul trying to exorcise his demons by diving headlong into his work. Another stellar job, yet another feather in his cap.

Rani is a breath of clean, fresh air- a clean look, and a clean act, consolidating her position as the Queen of Bollywood.

Kareena is lethal- right from the provocative swaying of her hips to her killer histrionics.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the brash, unapologetic special agent in Kahaani does a complete U-Turn as a shady, limping pimp. And if the jury left it to me, he’d be the one getting all the accolades from amongst this bunch of supremely talented actors.

But alas! An actor is only as good as the script and while Talaash is majorly a slow-paced, brilliantly constructed film, its climax was an unappetizing goulash (mish-mash) of sorts.

Without giving the suspense away, I thought it was the desi version of an acclaimed Hollywood psychological thriller that gave us all goosebumps in the last millennium. And another supernatural/horror flick that the Bhatt camp has been milking dry for the last decade or so.

I was reminded of the great fear that consumed me prior to entering the Haunted House at Essel World…the cold sweat trickling down my back…the sudden rush of adrenaline…and I don’t even want to elaborate on how I felt when I was back out in the sunlight!

Talaash’s twist is that nonsensical, that infuriating and THAT big a letdown! It might have been better to share Kahaani’s climax and end on a sensible note than reshoot it in a panic on a half-baked idea!

And here’s what stumps me. A man with as strong a business acumen as AK would want to co-produce a flaccid Talaash!? Not 3 Idiots, not even Ghajini, but this!?

There’s a method to his madness, everyone close to him insists. Still on the talaash for that!!! 😆

BELOW: Nothing can describe angst and the general tone of the movie better than this still.

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In Search of Talaash


It’s amazing how many flicks B-Town churns out each year and how many of them are actually watch-worthy. 2012 started on a  good note with Kahaani, then there was another sweet kahaani of Barfi and now, finally, the mother of all kahaanis, Talaash, is set for a grand holiday release.

Aamir Khan has NEVER EVER disappointed. Though I’ve followed his career only post Fanaa, he’s what they call the man with the Midas touch. I loooooooved Taare Zameen Par and I think his histrionics in it are second to none. 3 Idiots made me desperately want to join their clique as the 4th. Idiot!  😀 And now, my search for a bloody good Bollywood flick ends with Talaash.

The trailers have an air of mystery to them.  I have a feeling that Rani and Aamir are married and that something bad, really bad,  has happened to their adorable boy. How the mustachioed Aamir avenges his son’s death is what  forms the crux of Talaash.

But it may not be all that straightforward, a la Ghajini. For starters, Aamir wouldn’t pick a similar role twice in his career. Secondly, this is an Excel Entertainment release- one that has doled out  Karthik calling Karthik where, well, the title was all too telling! Rumor has it that Talaash: The Answer Lies Within shares a lot in common with Kahaani, hence the delays in release. If so, I wouldn’t be surprised if Inspector Shekhawat has something brewing in his head and all the answers lie within that internal universe of his, as the tagline of the movie goes!

Jee Le Zara, with Vishal’s grainy voice, is my favorite …..such a haunting track and Rani’s expressions in it are to die for! Her true-to-life portrayal of a middle-class housewife who’s lost every reason to live with the loss of her son is simply A+++++++++. Her raccoon eyes that see everything, yet register nothing, the torment engulfing her soul, the painful gulping of emotions threatening to choke her…WOW!

The awkward silence between Aamir and her seems to be accusing them both for the tragedy they’re forced to come to terms with.  Only and only Rani could slip under the skin of Mrs. Shekhawat with such effortlessness! I wouldn’t be surprised if her restrained performance eclipses those of Aamir’s and Kareena’s.

My talaash for exciting cinema ends on Nov. 30th. Does yours?

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