Verdict - Talaash works more as a drama than a suspense drama.
A suspense drama that made me cry at the end. Don't remember the last time a film in this genre did that to me. Talaash works more in its psychological exploration of loss and a human's attempt at dealing with it.
A death of a movie star brings three worlds together. A world of a couple Surjan Singh Shekhawat(Aamir Khan)and Roshni (Rani Mukherjee)grieving a loss in their life , a world of pimps and prostitutes surviving an ugly destiny and searching for that elusive happiness, among them is Kareena and a world of the rich who think money can keep them safe.
On a surface level it is about Aamir searching for clues to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) but on the other level it's about his and Rani's coming to terms with their loss which involves a guilt complex. It questions what you believe and your ability to have an open mind to accept things which cannot be explained.
It's moody, atmospheric and works on its own pace but keeps you riveted, interested and engaged on an emotional level. The suspense angle builds up well but is a letdown towards the end. Halfway through the film I was watching it more as a drama than a suspense film. Aamir, Kareena and Rani make you invest emotionally in their characters, fabulously supported by a fantastic ensemble cast. But above all it is Reema Kagti's clear vision as a director and the faith with which she narrates the story that makes this film a cut above the regular suspense films. Even though it has a huge star like Aamir khan it is not a star vehicle but a director's film all the way.
I think women are better in finding a way to deal with loss in their life than men. At least in this film I found it interesting how Rani is more open to an idea which is nontraditional and alternative if it helps her deal with her pain and can bring back her present life that drowned with the death of a loved one. Her closure is more hurried compared to Aamir and Kareena.
There are traces of two Hollywood films which I will not name for obvious reasons. A book which I have read has a strong influence in the plot. Since I have read that book and I am on one side of the fence when it comes to certain beliefs it was easier for me to buy into the climax of the film. For skeptics and people with a close mind the end might be a bit underwhelming.
Final few words - Talaash works more as a drama than a suspense drama.
Rating - 3.5 (Good)
Ticket Meter - worth 250 bucks