Director: Reema Kagti
Cast: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shernaz Patel, Rajkumar Yadav
Synopsis: Armaan Kapoor, a film star, dies in a car accident and Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) is the cop handling the investigation. Surjan and his wife (Rani Mukerji) are going through an emotional crisis since their son’s death. Rosie (Kareena Kapoor) is a prostitute who keeps helping Surjan in his investigation. The movie is basically about closure.
Some scenes are very good like the interrogation scenes or Aamir’s interaction with the brothel owner or the scenes between Aamir and Kareena or the scene where Rajkumar Yadav gets stuck in between Aamir and Rani’s confrontation. The kid’s death scene and the scenes of Aamir imagining how he could have averted the boat accident are excellent. The best scene of the movie however is the climax scene in the car.
Now the flaws. The movie is basically inspired from The Sixth Sense. Not sure why they had to get inspired from a movie that is so famous in India. There is a scene where Shernaz Patel tries to tell Aamir something which seemed straight out of The Sixth Sense. There is a chase scene involving the limping Temur (Nawaz) which kind of drags a bit. Part of the scene seems inspired/copied from Mazhar Khan’s scene from Shaan – not sure why they had to do it. Just after a brilliant climax scene there is a totally ridiculous rescue scene and thereafter another stupid audience spoon feeding scene. It almost undoes all the good work until then.
Aamir Khan is excellent as Surjan. He is perfect in almost every scene whether he is brooding over his son’s loss or angry or frustrated. This is one of his career best performances. Rani Mukerji sans make up is also very good whether as the woman concerned about her husband or the mother grieving over her son’s death. Kareena is excellent as the hooker whether it is her looks or her speaking seductively as if toying with Aamir’s character. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is good as Temur but don’t know why he had to walk with a limp. It seemed like such a caricature. Rajkumar Yadav is also good as Surjan’s assistant. Shernaz Patel and the rest of the cast is ok.
Story/Screenplay by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti is pretty good except for the above mentioned flaws. Dialogues by Farhan Akhtar and Additional Dialogues by Anurag Kashyap are good especially interrogation scenes and dialogues of Kareena. Jee Le Zaraa song sung excellently by Vishal Dadlani is picturized very well. Jiya Lage Na sung very badly by Sona Mohapatra should have been avoided in the movie. Background music is decent but it could have been better. It is good in some scenes but it seemed very gimmicky in some scenes.
Reema Kagti’s direction is very good except for the final few scenes after the twist. She builds up the suspense very well. The movie is a bit slow paced in between and could have been edited better. Some people have already revealed the twist online but the twist scene still works very well in the movie. People who are intelligent or those who have seen The Sixth Sense will be able to guess the twist pretty early on. Whether one likes the movie or not will depend a lot on whether they are ok with the twist or not. The movie is for those who like serious movies and who do not mind the slow pace.Tags: Aamir Khan Kareena Kapoor Member Reviews Nawazuddin Siddiqui Rajkumar Yadav Rani Mukerji Reema Kagti Reviews Shernaz Patel Talaash