Fantasies have been a way of human beings to escape from the mundane reality since the beginning of the world. From bed time stories told by parents or grandparents in childhood, to comics to books like Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew to the latest fad Harry Potter, growing up to more mature fictions. Movies have also played their part in creating larger than life characters for us to revel in their world.
Every decade has had their movies stereotyped. The current decade is no exception with its mediocre romantic movies, with the typical love triangle & rowdy action movies ruling the roost each vying to enter the 100 Crore club. But nonetheless, just like lotus blooms in a muddy pond, there are some movies who have carved their separate niche. These are made by film makers who are creating their own trail rather than walking on the same old path.
These film makers create movies which are not your typical masala movies, but they tend to a different palate. The taste is to be acquired, just like you acquire a taste for dark chocolate, bitter but definitely better than the sugary bar. The main ingredients of these movies are the script & path breaking actors. They are into films because they love the art & not just to mint money. Together, they take the movie to another level.
Aamir Khan is one such path breaking actor. Post Lagaan, his each & every move has been watched with a hawk like curiosity. And after the tremendous success of 3 Idiots, the hype around him has increased ten fold. So obviously when Reema Kagti (Director of Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd & Writer of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) announced a movie with Aamir Khan, it was eagerly awaited by all movie buffs. The cherries on top were Rani Mukherji & Kareena Kapoor in the cast, both fabulous & path breaking actresses.
There was a lot of secrecy involved around the movie. The film makers were genius enough not to reveal the plot or genre of the movie. There was no marketing hoopla surrounding the movie. But this Under Marketing did kill the movie it seems. The movie goers assumed that the movie was a Suspense Thriller & went to watch it with much anticipation. Spoilers were being floated to reveal the suspense of the movie while everyone was begging or threatening not to reveal the suspense.
But you know what the real spoiler was? Talaash is not a suspense drama!!! Gotcha. Yes, Talaash is actually an emotional drama film. The track of finding the killer is not the main track. The main track of the movie is Aamir & Rani dealing with the loss of their son & eventually loss of their marriage & how do they come to terms with it.
With all the larger than life movies, we somehow have forgotten to enjoy the simple moments of life. Talaash is a movie which brings that simplicity on celluloid. In this movie, there is no Aamir Khan or Rani Mukherji or Kareena Kapoor. There is a police inspector who fights crime but can not fight his guilt, there is a housewife who is coming to terms with the loss of her son but is more baffled with the loss of her husband, a prostitute who is treated as trash, a pimp who wants to lead a better life & so on & so forth.
Don’t watch this movie looking for suspense, for there isn’t any. Watch this movie to enjoy a story being told. It will definitely engage you & enthrall you.