Talaash: The Answer Lies Within: Movie Review

"Talaash: The Answer Lies Within" molds mystery, drama and thriller into one film. The result is best to be seen to be appreciated. Although it may not be the best film out this year, it also brings forth a story worth looking into and an end that would surely bring anyone into shock and awe. With excellent cinematography and an interesting story at hand, the only thing that stifles "Talaash: The Answer Lies Within" is its inability to tie up all of its story and characters threads into one cohesive package.

When one of India's youngest stars Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) is involved in a peculiar car accident, Inspector Surjan Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) is tasked to find out what really happened. As the case goes nowhere, Surjan's past, the untimely death of his son, and the pressure to solve the infamous Kapoor case, prove to test his mettle not only as a police officer but also as a husband to his wife, Roshni (Rani Mukerji). At his tipping point, Surjan fatefully meets a prostitute named Rosie (Kareena Kapoor) who for some reason knows much about the Armaan Kapoor case and could be the key to solving it. Question is, as Surjan finds himself attracted to Rosie, what price must he pay in exchange for his career's success.

"Talaash: The Answer Lies Within" is beautiful, mesmerizing and a fresh film for the eyes to see. It might be the Indian Bollywood style or it could be the attention-grabber of a plot but one thing's for sure, this is one film that surprises. The best asset for "Talaash" is probably its cinematography. The movie captures every nuanced color or light that exude the emotion you expect from each scene. The story overall was also quite good even shocking with a twist ending that is totally unexpected and a doozy. But surprisingly, even with the film's length of more than 2 hours, "Talaash" feels a little rushed. The film just forgets how to tie-up everything and everyone involved in the plot. It featured countless characters to the actor's wife, best friend and even someone who can talk to the dead. Some if not most are completely left out or completely forgotten making you wonder if there importance into the plot is being held back by the film focusing to much on the character of Surjan. As for the acting, it was good but it could have been better. Aamir Khan presented a good enough rendition of a quiet, disturbed cop by his past but his acting was just too one-sided with a monotonous look for most of the film. You won't go wrong with watching "Talaash: The Answer Lies Within". It's a good film in itself and it is a bonus to get that Indian twist that we rarely (or never) get on our shore.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the story was interesting to sustain the 2 hour long watch and the twist is also a shocking surprise
- the cinematography is this film's best asset

Why you shouldnt't watch it:
- too many characters and plot elements stifle the film's effectiveness in the reveal part
- the acting was so-so at best

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