A Talaash gone awry


I came out of Talaash searching for an auto-rickshaw. There were none. Later that night, I hopped onto bed searching for a dream. Coincidentally, there were none there either. Apparently, whodunit tales with a spook amidst the cast do not make for velvety dreams. Day after day of tasks to be finished and survived with people who know it all do. They make for nightmares. Anyway, I digress. We were talking of Talaash.

So, there was a time when I would go to an Aamir Khan movie rubbing my hands in anticipation. The man who can do every role with grace, from the Punjabi advocating Thanda Matlab Coca Cola to the soft and sensitive teacher to a dyslexic child. With the latest onslaught of films like Dhobi Ghat and more recently, Talaash, I wonder if the anticipation will stay in place. Not that Aamir is my point at contention with the movie. Really. He was fine, even excellent I thought, especially in a frame towards the end when he sits by the lake and cries. Very few actors, I think, can cry like that and leave the audience touched.

No, my point at contention instead is a lot of other things. A Kareena hang-up, for instance. Now I don’t know if it is just me but throughout the movie, I failed to associate her with the place brothels are supposed to be like. Oh yes, I gather she was probably an uptown escort but dressing up in revealing clothes and lining her eyes with chock-full of glitter failed to rid her of her innate sophisticated ways. Every time she appeared, I thought of a man somewhere saying “Action” and “Cut”! Quite spoiled it for me.

Let’s talk about the supernatural element. That has been a given with thriller movies that Bollywood dished out in the 70s and 80s. When I listened to Sridhar croon “Muskaanein Jhooti Hai” with the hollow chorus resounding somewhere, I had a fair hunch about the same. Not to mention the mischief marketing that a lot of spoilsports did for the movie – I remember getting three different SMSes announcing the presence of three different ghosts in the cast. Almost a supermarket of spooks, I tell you. But when an apparent red herring in the plot ends up in a climax like this, you feel disappointed. Since this isn’t a spoiler-post I will refrain from elaboration, but you get the gist.

I had walked in hoping to do a soul-search, much like Aamir claimed in the promos. I ended up doing a soul-search, quite literally. Duh.


24 thoughts on “A Talaash gone awry

  1. I liked the movie ! But I like DHobi ghat more of the realism πŸ™‚ Loved it in fact! This, I could solve the mystery halfway through, but I thought the suspense was managed well. I would actually say I like this better than a goody-goody 3 idiots which such a commercial fare!

    • Good to read about a different point of view, DI. πŸ˜€ You know, I liked the first half of the film better. Then, I lost interest.
      I do agree with you on the (frequent) poor quality of today’s very successful ‘commercial’ cinema. And it isn’t about the commerce as such. I remember watching several taut and fantastic yet very commercial films!

  2. I have heard diverse reactions to this movie. People have either hated it or loved it. There’s not an in-between.

    I am yet to watch it myself…hope to see it this weekend.

  3. Duh was my reaction too! I did not see Dhobi Ghat, but i normally go for an Aamir khan movie with much anticipation. Like you said, he did not disappoint at allll. The movie did — terribly.

  4. Oh you didnt like the film? :(. I loved it, D! Not so much for Aamir’s acting though, but mainly for its gripping plot. Although I could crack the suspense midway itself, I still found it immensely watchable. I really liked the way they treated the super-natural theme.

    Except for the scene at the end, I found Aamir’s acting not very extraordinary but fairly ok. Yes, the end scene was supremely shot and enacted, no doubt and I completely agree with you..not many actors can cry like that and move the audience like Aamir does πŸ™‚

    • Hmm… I liked the first half of the movie way better than the second. But on the whole, maybe my expectations were wrongly pivoted. One of the songs though has been on my mind ever since – Jiya Lage Na. Superb composition! πŸ˜€

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