Talaash - External Reviews

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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 (?)

41 yays
2 nays
12 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Talaash is that perfect welcome to return in a leading role, ably supported by Kareena Kapoor and almost being upstaged by Rani Mukherjee in her stereotype-busting turn... full review

So-So by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...In the simplicity and understatedness of her performance in Talaash, Rani reveals why Bollywood is doing us such a disservice by not writing more meaty roles to match her wonderful talent.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ... The dialogues by Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap are at times bawdy (Kashyap’s pen apparent there), at times layered with meanings.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who seems incapable of appearing in a bad movie or delivering a bad performance, is especially good as the token comedian... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Raj Kumar Yadav remains wasted in a meaningless role of the assistant inspector.... full review

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

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...Old-school suspense flick, with a fairly modern treatment.... full review

Thumbs up by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...'Talaash' has most of the elements of spine-chilling suspense– it’s gripping, engaging and it’s intriguing too. But one element that makes 'Talaash' a ‘flawed masterpiece’ is that it becomes predictable a bit too early. ... 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 Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...He is tersely under-stated, fairly polite in conversations, but reasonably firm. Gently avoiding cop clichés, the film tells us nothing about his famed bravado, besides faintly suggesting that he is in fact an accomplished investigator. ... full review

So-So by Danish Bagdadi, Desi Martini ...the movie’s flaw is in throwing up an unconvincing sudden reveal that might sound cool for about ten minutes after you’ve witnessed it, but the moment you go back and look at the larger picture, it feels like a cheat.... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...The twist in Talaash doesn't come unannounced, yet is good enough to shake you from the comfortable slumber the build up to it puts you into, on the way giving you more than a whodunnit, ensuring repeat views. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...A suspense drama that made me cry at the end. Don’t remember the last time a film in this genre did that to me... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ... there are no a- ha moments later or not much dissecting to do after the movie is over.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...Talaash uses the city of Mumbai as a character more than a mere backdrop.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...At 130 min, its a crisp watch. The first half is riveting & is genuinely edge-of-the-seat stuff. The latter slows down in pace a bit but eventually gathers momentum, rolling towards a climax thats more stirring than surpirsing.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ... top-notch murder mystery with a great sense of atmosphere... full review

Thumbs up by Shabana Ansari, DNA ...Aamir is understated while Rani’s depressive act is heartbreakingly good. Kareena plays the sweet-talking sex worker well... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...I found Aamir Khan’s portrayal of Shekhawat inconsistent, the actor best when playing a troubled father rather than a stern cop. However, you have to give him credit for taking on a film that hardly conforms to commercial norms. ... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...The real mystery is why Kareena Kapoor couldn’t be this good in all her films? Where was she hiding this talent? She’s as good as Aamir in their joint scenes and dare I say it, actually overshadows him in some.... 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

Thumbs up by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...Even some parts that need explanations are not handed out like sermons or with reams of unnecessary dialogue – they are dealt with, in the narrative with action, flash cuts and voiceovers that are worked seamlessly into the storyline.... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The dialogues by Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap are smartly written. The characters are also quite well defined, save for Shekhawat and Rosy’s.... full review

Thumbs up by Kritika Deval, fullhyd.com ...Talaash justifies every bit of its hype, and then some.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The music, with a leaning on blues adds to the whole mood. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...The dramatic moments between Aamir and Rani dilute the thriller effect of the film, especially in the second half despite them being pretty important for the film.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...I hoped that Reema and Zoya would spring one final twist on us and redeem the film. But sadly, that never happened.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...KU Mohanan's striking photography and Ram Sampat's haunting score lend a distinct texture to this film, as do the real Mumbai locations the film is shot on.... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Deogire, In.com ... If only the pace at which it started, would have continued throughout its screen time, 'Talaash' would have been perfect.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...The curious thing about Talaash is that it is out-of-the-box and extremely traditional at the same time. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Writer-director Reema Kagti and her script associate Zoya Akhtar have created an enigmatic screen cop for Aamir Khan- in command at work, yet out of control in personal life.... 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

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...While the pacing is intentionally slow, the writing by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti is crisp and leaves behind enough join-the-dots clues to tease the perceptive viewer when the climactic disclosure happens.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Nawazuddin Siddiqui makes an impact. Raj Kumar Yadav does well.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Raj Kumar Yadav does well as Devrath.... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ...The screenplay by Kagti and Zoya Akhtar explains every move and every line of dialogue to audiences who might have been distracted by an SMS or popcorn (there are also numerous flashbacks for good measure).... full review

Thumbs up by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...'Talaash' is consistent as a thriller. In fact its slow, measured to-the-point story telling is its greatest strength... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...watch out for Nawazuddin, who plays the scheming Taimur and simply impresses you with his performance. His mannerisms, body language and diction is as believable as can be and offers a glimpse in the grim underbelly of Mumbai.... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...Though one may perhaps not feel like an Aamir Khan film along with dissatisfaction of certain unanswered questions, but it surely connects you throughout the film with its absorbing and spellbinding storyline.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...It is this layered theme that camouflages the simple one-line story (which you may arrive at only after watching the film) and makes Talaash stand apart from B movies of the genre. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...In Talaash, the city is devoid of all surface shimmer. In fact, the film takes the moniker of ‘the city that never sleeps’ quite literally and transfers the trait to its male protagonist.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...an intricately woven story of the stark realities, human emotions, pathos and psychological drama. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kaushik Ramesh, Planet Bollywood ...The restricted but precise promotion of this film did the job by considerably boosting the suspense. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Eventually a well-written script, where even the dialogues are deceptively simple yet lyrical, conversations that are brief but lingering, rescues Talaash from its pale conclusions and a few clumsy plot devices. ... 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 Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...Talaash is not a Hollywood style edge-of-the-seat thriller, but there is enough in the film to make us feel uneasy. At all times we feel the pain of our protagonists and sense a certain danger that lurks around them.... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Kareena Kapoor pouts, smiles and plays the mysterious girl on the street to the hilt, sometimes overdoing her act.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Farhan Akhtar's dialogue "Dukaan khuli nahi aur curfew lags gaya" is outstanding.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Star Blockbuster ...cenes stretch on to accommodate conversations, moments, and the personal journey of the characters. The audience expects a suspense thriller to be pacy and full of twists, so this unusual treatment will be a disadvantage. ... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Nonetheless, there are elements about the film one... 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

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Ram Sampath's music haunts—especially Muskaanein jhooti hai and Jiya lage na .... 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

Thumbs up by Shomini Sen, ZEENEWS.COM ...Shernaz Patel as the creepy, inquisitive neighbour ads to the story’s narrative but a talented actor like Rajkumar Yadav is somewhat wasted as Shekhawat’s assistant Devrath Kulkarni as he doesn’t get the chance to prove his mettle.... full review