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Talaash is one of the year’s most awaited movies. Not including a brief appearance in wife Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat in 2010 and home production Delhi Belly last year, this will be Aamir Khan’s return to the silver screen after almost two and a half years, his last hero role being the massively successful 3 Idiots that released in 2009. The supporting cast of Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherji are bound to add excitement among fans. Here are our top takeaways from the film’s trailer that released last week.
The 60s Bollywood – For a brief period, Bollywood flirted with crime stories like nothing else with movies like Bees Saal Baad (1962), Gumnaam (1965) and Teesri Manzil (1966), to name a few. These stories had an edge over romantic films as well as the socialist themed movies that were the norm then. Superior storytelling and the willingness to engage audiences through their intellect was the USP of these movies. Talaash, with its troubled Inspector Shekhawat (Aamir Khan), is an attempt to recreate that world. We think the attempt is genuine judging by the trailer.
Inspector Shekhawat – Aamir Khan’s character is classic in the way it is portrayed. When a hero is as troubled as the plot of the film, you know there are layers and meanings that need to be decoded within the story. The story is as much about Shekhawat as the accident he is investigating. The deep, dark tone of the movie only accentuates this and it seems the makers know exactly what they wanted to portray.
Supporting cast – The supporting cast in this film also stands out for having well etched roles. This is usually different from Aamir’s films where he is the focus of the plot. But the sheer screen presence of actresses like Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor, who play Khan’s wife and a call girl named Rosy respectively, are enough to excite curiosity about the movie’s sub-plots. Also, not to forget actors who pack a serious weight behind their relative thin frame – Nawazuddin Siddique, who charmed us all in Gangs of Wasseypur 2 and Raj Kumar Yadav, who proved his mettle in films like Shaitan and Wasseypur 2.
Bombay – Bombay has been the subject of many films before, However, exploring bylanes requires a peculiar talent and only a few film-makers have been able to bring out the nuances of the city well. The last director who achieved this was Raj Kumar Gupta with the Rajeev Khandelwal starrer Aamir and to a certain extent Dhobi Ghat director Kiran Rao and Bluffmaster director Rohan Sippy. But Talaash, with its deglamourised hue to iconic locations, seems like a genuine attempt to capture the city as one of the characters as well. It could well be a major reason to catch this movie.
Makers – For many, the presence of Aamir Khan is enough to watch this film. Add the two lead actresses and you would be hard pressed to refuse this movie. Director Reema Kagti has previously given us the soft and mushy Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, but her skill and maturity in Talaash is clear from the trailer. The deep and disturbed voice of Inspector Shekhawat, with all the complications of his past and the present spate of accidents he is inventigating, will ensure that November 30 turns out to be one of the biggest days at the local box-office.
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