Directed by: Reema Kagti
Starring: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
All pictures courtesy of: http://www.glamsham.com
There is a lot of noise being made about a twist/suspense element of Talaash which was unfortunately leaked before the film’s release and even sent directly to some bloggers on Twitter. If you can, ignore such talk – because not only is it doing Talaash a disservice but will totally put one in the wrong frame of mind to appreciate what Talaash has to offer. Yes, there is a thriller element which sets up the premise and acts as a framework for the film to build itself upon. But there is also a raw and very believable exploration of dealing with grief and the ways this most difficult of emotions can manifest itself and grow larger than life.
Indeed, it is this switch of gear from mystery to drama to reveal an emotional core which is one of Talaash’s greatest strengths; unfurling at an almost leisurely pace (though not too slow to lose its audience), Talaash retains a commercial sensibility yet at the same time feels very different – there are moments of silence and stillness at odds with junctions where the spell is deliberately broken to successfully create the desired impact. Whilst the ending won’t be universally popular, Talaash isn’t really about the destination but the journey itself.
Of course, Talaash is helped by fantastic performances – Kareena Kapoor gives a superb turn as Rosie, breathing life into the character, portraying her with dignity and sympathy. Kareena’s performance is perfectly balanced with Rani Mukerji’s who gives a wonderfully understated account of herself – the taut direction really brings out the best in both Kareena and Rani. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is also brilliant, portraying the contradiction that his character is with a conviction and clarity that makes it look effortless. Similarly, Aamir Khan gives a masterclass in range, without ever losing intensity or focus – his performance is magnetic to say the least, keeping the viewer enthralled and on side. As always, after seeing Aamir, I cannot imagine anyone else doing that role and furthermore, on a repeat viewing, one is guaranteed to see even more of his acting prowess than the previous viewing.
Talaash does share thematic similarities with Kahaani but I felt it had more in common with this year’s remake of Agneepath where the film guides its audience to an unusual territory and makes it feel familiar with a quiet confidence. In any case, it is wonderful to see a film which gives the audience enough to work with but doesn’t spoil the show. Again, whilst the much hyped surprise element may disappoint, by that stage, I felt one has either already immersed themselves in the film and will buy it outright or is hanging on to see the resolution to the mystery – that Talaash can satisfy both factions is a sample of the quality of film we have on hand here. Without a doubt,one of the best films of 2012 and one to watch. Recommended.