Sunday, December 09, 2012

Talaash - The Answer Lies Within

I finally saw Talaash today morning and considering the delay had already read a lot of stuff about the movie - some truths and some untruths.


For me, the movie was a journey with a couple who have lost their only child in an accident and how they grow apart because of this tragedy. As often happens, they completely stop talking about the child as if he never existed. Also, and this is the part I identified with a lot, is the fact that the hero kept on retracing the event as it happened and wondered if he could have done anything to change it. Don't we all do that with certain tragic events of our life? Considering the hero is Aamir, his portrayal of the scenes was absolutely bang-on. He dealt with the situation by trying to erase it from his life.

The murder of an actor obviously forms the main storyline around which each of the characters are inter-linked including the inspector (Aamir), Rosie (Kareena), the actor's close friends and family and a host of people connected with the red-light district. The build-up to the suspense was great and a couple of times I was on the edge of my seat. The climax, though, a let-down was, I felt, an effort to do something different and unusual.

Several themes ran through the movie - Mumbai's red-light district, the uncertain lives of the brokers there, communicating with the supernatural, existence of ghosts (the fact that there are some things we can never explain), the effect a tragedy has on a husband-wife relationship, etc.

The music by Ram Sampath and the lyrics by Javed Akhtar add a certain je ne sais quoi to the entire movie and are interspersed quite well within the scenes. I loved the song that plays at the end when the credits start rolling; it's a surprise they aren't publicizing it at all.

I guess the audience went with a whole lot of expectations from an Aamir Khan movie and expected to be bedazzled. I went to enjoy a good thriller and got my money's worth!!!

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