In Talaash, Reema Kagti has shown the dark side of Mumbai which hides behind its glamour. The movie opens with a car accident in which actor Armaan (Vivan Bhatena) dies and Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Khan) is the one to investigate the case. But soon he realises that there is more to the accident than what meets the eye.
On the other hand, Surjan is fighting his own demons of the past. Surjan and his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherjee) lost their only child in an accident. Since then, the couple hardly communicates. Though Roshni undergoes therapy to accept the reality, Surjan spends restless, sleepless nights and becomes workaholic to avoid thinking about his son's death.
While investigating Armaan's case Surjan comes across various people including a sex worker Rosie (Kareena Kapoor), who may have the missing link to the jigsaw puzzle.
While the script is indeed the hero of the film, the cast brilliantly adds to the charm. Aamir Khan, as usual, has done perfect justice to his role. He has been successful in balancing the character of a helpless father and an honest cop while a deglamorised Rani Mukherjee convincingly plays the role of a devastated mother and a caring wife. And undoubtedly, Kareena Kapoor is at her seductive best in the movie. She looks beautiful despite her gaudy outfits.
The other shining star of Talaash is Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is commendable in the role of a limping pimp.
Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar have written a gripping story though we will not say that the movie is flawless. However, Kagti will keep you hooked and guessing till the end which in itself is no small accomplishment! However, the actual brilliance of Talaash comes in its climax that shall leave you spellbound.
Anand Subaya's editing is crisp and the cinematography of Talaash is worth praising as it brilliantly captures the red-light areas of Mumbai.
Talaash does have some soulful melodies composed by Ram Sampath. The song 'Jiya lage Na' is good to hear. The background score adds to the suspense of the story.
Talaash is a delight to watch, because of the surprises it throws at you and by the power-packed performances by its cast. Though the first half of Talaash is a bit slow, it's still enthralling, absorbing and engaging. It is as we used to say in the old days - 'a total paisa vasool'.
Your Talaash for a good film definitely ends here!!