2012 will go down in film history as the year in which Bollywood created two suspense laden masterpieces – Talaash and Kahaani, both worthy of being ranked amongst the leading movies of the world in this genre. The common element is a brilliant story line. The Talaash for the best Kahaani writers seems to have ended.
Talaash has the stamp of all Aamir Khan productions – it is different, and deftly made. It is to the credit of the Director, Reema Kagti, that she has managed the presentation in a manner that no one else is overawed by Aamir's presence in the same space. Full credit to Aamir too, for the way he has got under the skin of the character – of a person who is unknowingly a victim of his own making. He can be stern without furrows showing on his forehead, irrational without being a boor, and plain loveable when he breaks down in a scene towards the end. Nawazuddin Siddique scores in another intense performance – he is indeed an outstanding actor. Kareena Kapoor excels in her role, although she could have been made "less pretty looking", to mesh seamlessly with the other brothel inmates. Rani Mukherjee, in her deglamourised avataar, is just as good – and so is Shernaz Patel, in the role of a person with a different belief system.
There are several other characters in Talaash, and Reema has managed to get the best from each of them. The score by Ram Sampath is in absolute sync with the theme, Javed Akthar's lyrics effectively convey the various moods, and Mohanan's camera captures the various hues of the seamier sides of Mumbai.