Talaash Movie Reviews *Spoilers Alert*

Updated on Dec 02, 2012 09:43 PM IST  |  33.3M
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Here are the reviews for Talaash:Rating:4.5 Reviewer: Taran Adarsh site: Bollywood HungamaThough Aamir has portrayed the role of a cop earlier, he brings something new to the table with his spellbinding performance in TALAASH. The earnestness and authenticity with which he enacts his character cannot be expressed in a few sentences. That would be doing gross injustice to the actor's abilities, frankly. He holds the camera in every frame and charges assertively through the film, making you believe in Inspector Shekhawat's journey in entirety. It's a standout piece of acting, unquestionably. That Aamir is the best actor of his generation comes to the fore yet again!Both Rani and Kareena are given a moment in the sun, despite Aamir dominating the film with a power-packed performance. Rani is superb as the troubled wife, while Kareena is terrific as the hooker. Together the two actresses deliver admirable performances that would definitely merit a mention in award ceremonies next year. The sequences between Aamir and Kareena in particular are simply fantastic! On the whole, TALAASH is an outstanding film. A taut psychological thriller that keeps you guessing till the end, it leaves you spellbound, leaves you mesmerized, leaves you with an exclamation, 'Wow!'. An absolute must watch for all movie buffs. You just can't afford to miss this one! Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer: Site:Times Of India (TOI)Farhan Akhtar's dialogue has fire. But the story written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti oscillates between real and implausible; making it hard for the screenplay to bridge the gap, especially in some key portions in the second half. At time the pace also numbs you making you shift in your seat. But if you average it out, Talaash is well-worth the price of a ticket.Tip-off: You may not like Talaash, if mystery and intrigue set at a languid pace is not what you look out for in your matinee outing.Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTVBy no means is Talaash the end of your search for the perfect whodunit. But there is so much going for this compelling, slow-burning, well-acted tale set in the dark, grimy underbelly of Mumbai that you can barely take your eye off the screen.This isn’t your average heap of cheap thrills designed to project a superstar’s crowd-pulling clout, logic and sense be damned. Talaash is a restrained, offbeat and occasionally beguiling shot at a genre that popular Hindi cinema seems to have abandoned to its own detriment.Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:RediffMake no mistake, Talaash is a Vikram Bhatt film. It starts off well, but simmers far too long before it gets to the boil. as said, the film gets more than a bit long in the tooth, hinging on a final twist that isn't too hard to see coming. Which is all dashed exasperating, considering just how good this film could have been. Am I being too cruel? Perhaps, but because of the wasted opportunity. Someone asked me if Talaash was a watchable film, and indeed it is. It's better put together than a lot of the films we see here, and definitely strongly acted, but ends up so, so much less enjoyable than it deserved to be. Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Kanika Sikka Site:DNAThe plot of the film is what proves to be a real winner as it leads to a logical, yet questionable end. While the movie is slow before the interval as it tries to establish the plot moving back and forth in time, the second half will leave you scratching your head as you try to piece everything together along with the lead actor.In all, Talaash successfully whets the appetite of all the Aamir Khan fans. As for the story, you can always trust Zoya Akhtar to give her best. Talaash is not a flawless film, but it is a fascinating tale that compels one to look beyond that which is evident. You can’t miss this one.Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Shomini Sen Site:Zee NewsWriting and making thrillers is never easy. It has to be gripping, should engage the viewers and has to steer away from predictability. And Reema Kagti’s ‘Talaash’ scores in all these aspects. The film demands your patience as it establishes several characters in a leisurely pace and intertwines them beautifully into a story which makes an conscious effort to steer away from the clichés. Yes, there are few moments when the film tends to slack but soon enough a new twist demands you to sit up and concentrate properly on the film.Watch it for the story. That is the actual hero of the film. The brilliant actors are just an icing on the cake.Reviewer: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24by7Talaash’ is an incredibly rousing tale of deceit, betrayal and revenge, set against the backdrop of an unforgiving city.It’s a story that forces us to look beyond the obvious, and explore the unknown. The narrative is slow, and intended, brilliantly capturing the essence of what truly lies beneath. Reema’s incredible genius lies in her ability to involve the audience without unveiling too much until the very end. And, it’s those few moments of revelation that’s the most riveting. Reema and Zoya have worked out the most enthralling suspense drama without succumbing to any Bollywood cliché. Even Ram Sampath’s striking musical compositions are played to accentuate the narrative and not puncture it.It’s by far the most honest movie in a long time.Reviewer: Kanika Sikka Site:DNAAt interval, the movie takes an interesting twist. From a. Dabbawala to Mumbai's railway network. The film depicts the insides of Mumbai brilliantly! While Aamir occupies the maximum screen space, the other actors manage to create a big impact!. Must say, even though Rani has a small part to play, she looks way more compelling in Talaash than in Aiyyaa.Rating: 4Reviewer: Troy RibeiroSite: IANSAamir Khan never ceases to surprise viewers. In "Talaash", he does so quite literally. The succinctly written, complex screenplay, smoothly interlays between the police investigation and personal emotional turmoil of the characters make "Talaash" a nail-biting thriller.The mystery shrouding the case, unravels gradually in a carefully written tight script, with no loopholes. The film is entirely unpredictable, not conforming to the usual approach to thrillers in Bollywood. This one is clearly different and keeps you guessing till the very end.The climax brings you to the edge of your seat, but leaves you satiated. As the case unfolds, you get your answers from the characters on celluloid. But clearly, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, the scriptwriter duo, give you much more than just that. They take you through a complete self-exploratory journey and bring you back replete with answers. Farhan Akhtar's dialogues in colloquial parlance are witty and unleash several underlying messages.Ram Sampath gives an apt background score, in keeping with the flavour of the film and if anything, only enhances the viewer's experience. Music in the film otherwise is nothing to write home about, but you're definitely not complaining. The plot and performances leave no room for frivolities.Rani Mukerji in her de-glam avatar, is true to her character as the distraught mother. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Taimur, the lame Man Friday in the brothel doing odd jobs, excels in a superbly written role. Realistic performances and get ups of all the characters, add to the ingenuity of the plot.The cinematography, though simple, captures the essence of Mumbai. The locales of the city are wonderfully depicted, making those, a character in the film, rather than a mere backdrop.Devoid of the usual Bollywood masala and gimmicks, this one is a pure treat. Aamir Khan's fans apart, "Talaash" has the power to grip all cine-goers.
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