Who doesn't like a taut thriller that keeps you guessing till the very end about who the culprit is? A good whodunit will keep you at the edge of your seat and give you a few sudden a-ha moments and and also lead to a heated discussion after the movie is over.
Teen lives up to all these premises and promises. The story is simple. A child is kidnapped and killed but the kidnapper never found. Her grandfather spends 8 years trying to find him. Cut to the present and another child is kidnapped in the exact way as the first kidnapping. Is the kidnapper the same? Will the grandfather get justice? Will the ex -cop who became a priest to deal with his failure in solving the case find closure?
The movie is slick and fast paced but there are places where it slows down and confuses you. That only adds to your sense of frustration. There are places where you can discover loopholes though to me there were good explanations for all of them. The answers are late in coming and when you see the solution you may have a sense of a disappointment. I can't reveal anything more for fear of spoiling your experience.
The performances are first rate from all three sleuths- Amitabh playing the grandfather, Nawaz the cop turned priest and Vidya as the person handling the new case. Amitabh looks old and defeated and yet determined to get to the truth and carries a lot of the movie on his shoulders.
I loved Teen. Maybe the gasp of surprise at the revelation is not as loud as in say Kahani but it is still edge of the seat suspense with a huge sense of sorrow about the poor dead child. This is a superb watch. Don't miss it.