Directed by Reema Kagti and co-written by her along with Zoya Akhtar, ‘Talaash’ marks the return of Aamir Khan after a gap of around 1.5 years. It also stars Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee in lead roles and is a joint collaboration between Farhan Akhtar – Ritesh Sidhwani. So does the Aamir Khan magic continue? Does Rani Mukherjee make comeback after the disastrous ‘Aiyaa’? Let’s check it out.

The movie starts of with a 4WD veering off course and plunging into the waters off Mumbai’s Worli seaface. Inspector Surjan Shekhawat (Aamir Khan), a brawny police officer is assigned to the case. And as he starts piercing together the missing pieces of the puzzle along with another police officer Devrath (Raj Kumar Yadav), he meets Rosie (Kareena Kapoor) playing a seductive prostitute and Tehmur (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), one of the guys having good connections with people in the flesh trade. Roshni (Rani Mukherjee) plays Surjan’s wife.

The flick starts off quite well. There’s something happening all the time in the first half. From exploring the people involved in the case to talking about Aamir’s son and his past, the pace remains good enough. K U Mohanan captures the locales of Mumbai quite beautifully through his lens. Ram Sampath’s background score is apt though some of the songs could have done with some editing. The best song by far is ‘Jee Le Zara’.

But then the 2nd half falls pretty flat on its face. The story doesn’t have enough meat to keep the viewer engaged for the entire running time. The movie could have been at least half an hour shorter. At some point, it seems as though the director is confused on how to take the story forward. The biggest flaw though is the climax. The buildup to the suspense is quite interesting. But just when the viewer expects something big, out comes the lame climax! It literally feels like a balloon out of which the air has been removed by introducing a pin.

Aamir Khan does a good job as the police officer who is responsible for everything. He portrays the character of a brooding officer with a strong exterior but a soft interior with elan. Kareena returns to the role of a seductive prostitute 10 years after doing the same in Chameli. Her expressions and dialogues efficiently portray what she does. Rani Mukherjee doesn’t have too much of a role except to keep thinking of her family, her son and the likes. It doesn’t take the story forward by much. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Raj Kumar Yadav are commendable in their roles.

All in all, the flick is above average by Bollywood standards but below average by the standards Aamir Khan has set for himself!

Rating – 2.5/5