Film Review: Talaash

This movie review contains spoilers.

talaashOversimplifying a complex story may ring the death knell for a movie, and Talaash is the kind of film that worries it might not be understood by the people who will make Dabangg 2 a superhit/blockbuster. So uneasy is Reema Kagti’s latest about how it will (or won’t) be interpreted, that Talaash, at every step, explains every move it makes.

A dour cop who blames himself for his son’s death that came about in a freak accident, investigating the killing of a film star in a bizarre mishap, finds leads in conversations with a hooker. Intense till the end, Aamir Khan shows little sensitivity to his traumatized wife, and she connects with her dead son through a medium. The one time you do feel for the man is as he replays his final moments with his son, giving the scene alternate endings that would have prevented the tragic blow.

kareena kapoor talaashKareena Kapoor plays herself looks quite happy in the role of a prostitute, and she drops hints so often that it becomes obvious to the viewer that something is highly unusual about her, apart from the fact that she’s great at playing a whore. More forgettable characters find themselves embroiled in Talaash, as the cop and hooker duo takes you to seedy brothels and blackmailing pimps, of which, Nawazuddin Siddiqui limps his way through the film with remarkable ease.

Ridiculous as most will find it, I have no problem with the twist: no one said a whore can’t be a ghost – but what keeps me from liking this suspense-turned-horror is the whore-bag being shown underwater to make it very clear to the viewer that it is a good ghost seeking revenge from the guilty. It is this just-in-case-you’re-too-dumb-to-get-it business along with its Bollywood treatment that’s supposed to make the movie easier to swallow that keeps Talaash from being a wholly enjoyable film even as a one-time watch.

RATING: 2.5/5

Must See: Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh | ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’

Reviews: Jab Tak Jai Jaan is lifeless piece of shit  | The Grey is an excellent film

35 Responses to “Film Review: Talaash”

  1. December 1, 2012 at 08:51

    I’m slated to watch this flick next Tuesday. Thanks for the heads up, I love watching Kareena Kapoor play a prostitute 🙂 Maybe there should be a Chameli 2


  2. December 2, 2012 at 13:05

    Kareena Kapoor plays herself. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


  3. December 2, 2012 at 17:47

    I’m still wondering why Kareena needed help with bumping off those horny bastards? She was a ghost, she wouldn’t even be caught! 😆 As such, she’d succeeded in dunking Armaan into the sea and Nikhil was already a vegetable. She could have just buried Kejriwal in his watery grave and Reema Kagti wouldn’t even have had to make this borefest. Seriously man, this ghost has made me 500 bucks poorer! I am now plotting how to take my revenge…I bet my revenge story will be more engrossing than Talaash! 😆


    • December 2, 2012 at 18:12

      You have some serious points here! The ghost baffling the police would have been fun!


      • December 2, 2012 at 18:54

        Sorry…am flitting between your highly entertaining posts…ok, can anyone enlighten me on the answer lies within bit? Or am I to assume that it’s a subtle reference to what got (with) IN aamirs pants at Hotel Lido? Also, since when did kamathipura hotels upgrade to provide key card access to their rooms?


        • December 2, 2012 at 19:03

          No idea… never been there… hahaha! 😛


          • December 2, 2012 at 19:15

            A few of my guy friends have painted quite a shabby pic of the place… Crumbling buildings paper thin walls…so I asked. Anyway time to zzzz. Have a good night!


            • February 16, 2013 at 02:06

              My clothes would be from the wirters that have touched and shaped me on a personal level , that have been important to my soul Cervantes, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Robin Blaser, W.G. Sebald, Kazuo Ishiguro, Paul Celan, Samuel Beckett, Borges, Thalia Field, Georges Perec, Ovid, David Mitchell (the Cloud Atlas one, not the Peep Show one), Edmond Jabes, Maurice Blanchot, Kafka, Ben Marcus, Lydia Davis, Lisa Robertson, Rodrigo Toscano, Laura Elrick there’s so many!The background would be from the wirters and thinkers that have articulated and spoken to my experiences and identity, or who have shaped my politics and philosophy Julia Serano, Theodor Adorno, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, Helene Cixous, Kate Bornstein, Patrick Califia, Herbert Marcuse, Plato, Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin It would be a bit tricky to fit everyone in there, guess. It’d have to be very specific little quotes!And that’s even leaving out all the visual artists and filmmakers and musicians who have been key to who I am!


    • December 2, 2012 at 23:04

      Ghost or not, that is the whole point of being a real whore, courting attention from Men – I’m assuming she managed to convince Aamir Khan to “come to her rescue” 🙂 Seriously, I wasn’t the least bit interested in this movie but ever since I learned (from this blog of all places) that Kareena would be “playing herself”, so as to speak, my dick is obsessed harder than the rocks of Gibraltar.


  4. December 2, 2012 at 23:22

    BTW, does Kareena put out with any customers in the movie or Aamir Khan for that matter? Maybe a quick blowjob in the seedy back alleys of South Bombay….Have they included a scene where Kareeena gets bitch-slapped for shortchanging a drunken customer or your average friendly neighbourhood pimp?

    My, my I’ve probably built more imagination and anticipation than the actual movie script.


    • December 3, 2012 at 03:44

      There’s nothing of the sort. Here’s another spoiler, so look away now if you don’t want to know it: Only Aamir Khan can see her, and he realizes that towards the end of the movie. And he’s too depressed to do anything with her, so no action at all!


      • December 4, 2012 at 17:47

        I finally saw it today. Kareena as whore was the only saving grace in this film….every other character, every other scene bored me to death. And about Kareena’s ghost swimming erotically to save Aamir Khan from his watery death, I can’t place it correctly but I’ve seen the exact scene in some Hollywood mermaid film.

        Anyways, fuck it, Aamir Khan has clearly lost the plot….that’s why he makes psycho movies like Ghajini and now this one


        • December 4, 2012 at 20:01

          Saw the Dabangg 2 trailer? I don’t want to like Salman Khan but it looks like the year is going to belong to him.


          • December 4, 2012 at 20:54

            Salman still has retained the jazz factor and for fuck’s sake, a sense of humour that is completely missing with the other two Khans. They lost their edge after the 90’s got over whereas Salman is still everything they cannot hope to be – he looks younger, makes crude jokes, is unpretentious, does NOT try to make intellectual movies and is a true health freak. Even those annoying wankers called Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan try to mimic Salman’s action style..every actor only wishes that they can be Salman.

            I like Salman because his attitude and self-confidence works ON-SCREEN. Off-screen, I know he’s a big asshole but that’s fine, I don’t care about the personal lives of celebrities. You should only judge actors based on their acting skills. Even with a lame script and cliched direction, Salman has NEVER failed to impress me.

            .Having given my gyaan on this topic, I would conclude that Dabangg 2 is definietly worth a watch, part 1 was kick-ass and hilarious except for scenes featuring fatass Sonakshi Sinha (I do like chubby ladies but not when you put them on-screen 🙂


            • December 5, 2012 at 01:45

              SK appeared in some chaddi baniyaan ad during Talaash’s interval n you should have seen practically EVERYONE in the theatre erupt into shameless whistling. I knew then that D2 even without a script will saunter like its cocky protagonist into the coveted 100 Cr club.


          • December 5, 2012 at 01:35

            I soooo wanted apna Thinking Khan to hog the limelight this year. All work n no (fore)play indeed made Jack a dull boy, eh?


          • December 5, 2012 at 19:18

            Here’s another bit of news that makes you see Salman in a better light, we both are de-addicting from cigarettes 🙂 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Salman-tests-his-own-resolve-to-quit-smoking/articleshow/17491205.cms

            Not only is the smoky haze in his vanity van a thing of the past, Sallu is teasing and testing his resolve not to light up.

            That doesn’t mean he’s sworn off touching a cigarette or, err, feeling it. These days an unlit ciggie is as much part of his personal effects as his trademark bracelet.

            He plays with it for hours, rolls it on his lips, pretend smokes. It’s his favourite toy and a compulsive pastime. Even when he has other matters to attend to, he makes sure it’s never more than an arm’s length away.


    • December 3, 2012 at 03:47

      Ur version deserves a 10/5 rating! 😀


  5. December 5, 2012 at 01:54

    Mehta n Boral, a humble request. Pl pl pl post ur reviews of D2 on Dec 21st if poss. Its predecessor gave me a mother of a migraine so enduring D2 is outta da ? Plus Talaash burnt such a huge hole in my pocket, my talaash for cash/ gullible bakras is still on. I can count on ur reviews to make me ROFL.


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