Talaash - External Reviews
Talaash is more an emotional drama than a thriller. This mixing of genre works but only towards the climax. Through the first half though I found myself pushing myself to like the film. It stays at 'just a good film' when it could've been so much more.
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55 reviewers have given Talaash an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)
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Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...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! ... full review
Thumbs up by Shweta Parande, Bollywood Life ...Rani is sans makeup, but even with very little screen time she impresses with her acting. But it’s Kareena that the film belongs to, even though sometimes she looks and acts overly sophisticated for the kind of life her character is leading. ... full review
So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The pace of the film flounders then, the brooding atmosphere tries too hard for a noir effect —those who expected a crackling murder mystery might find the psychobabble boring; those who decided after a bit that they are interested in Shekhawat’s dilemma, night find Taimur’s interference taking up too much footage.... full review
Thumbs up by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...But what it achieves is a rare balance. It isn’t a throwback to the happy-go-lucky noir of a Howrah Bridge, where there’s never any doubt that Madhubala’s lovely dancing girl will be redeemed – but neither is it interested in bludgeoning us with unrelenting tragedy, the way a Chandni Bar did.... full review
So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...the artfully built up suspense starts getting porous, and you begin anticipating : I counted four instances where I knew exactly what the characters would say next, as the film quickens to the big reveal (which can be a real surprise if you haven’t twigged on), and its wilted post-script. ... full review
So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ... It starts off well, but simmers far too long before it gets to the boil. The case -- of an actor driving off the highway and into the sea -- is only marginally intriguing since the police never really explore its mechanics, and the suspects it throws up mostly insignificant. ... full review
Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ... There’s something frustrating about not being told the full truth. If you came out of Talaash because you felt cheated, maybe you went in with the wrong expectations. It’s like crying foul after a game of Bluff just because you didn’t pay attention to what you were playing. It’s a little like going in to watch Die Hard and complaining that Bruce Willis never dies. Or that Batman is not a realistic film though he gives intense brooding looks all the time. ... full review
So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Sufficient to say it is audacious and if you buy it, it could elevate the film further for you leaving you on a crackerjack of a high but if you don't (and I didn't), then the twist and the subsequent clumsy scenes make the entire film quite silly and stupid in retrospect. And that then is the feeling you finally leave the theatre with. ... full review