A few notes on Talaash:
- Aamir Khan (Surjan Shekhawat): Good to see at least one Khan playing his age. Your downward pointing mustache definitely carried half the responsibility of Suri’s state of mind.
- Rani Mukerji (Roshni): You should continue to go in front of the camera without the layers of cake on your face. You project a lot more gravitas and look vulnerable and strong at the same time when you go bare.
- Kareena Kapoor (Rosie): It helps that your character had to stay one note throughout the movie, you did a fine job (except you cannot say the word Saab with the down-market twang, but that’s a minor gripe).
- Farhan Akhtar (Dialogue writer): Can you please not pen dialogues? They are clunky, un-itentionally funny, amateurish and sound like you used Google translator to write them. “I don’t bite = Main katoongi nahin “!!! With those three words you shat all over that scene. The next time Reema or your sister or Ritesh asks you do the dialogues, please decline politely and instead point them to your Abbu Jaan, he is the real boss-man. (If he is busy, Habib Faisal is a fucking rockstar when it comes to dialogues).
- Ram Sampath (Background score/Music director): You are making me pay attention, your music was atmospheric and stirring. Delhi Belly and now this, waiting for your next outing. You, Amit Trivedi and Vishal-Shekhar are the troika of contemporary Hindi film music.
- Mohanan (DOP) : The night scenes were fantastically lit and filmed, I got the feeling that I was breathing the stench of the city through my eyes. Bloody wonderful stuff!
- The supporting cast: You all are the real stars of this movie, especially – 1) Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Tehmur) – this was clearly your year: Kahaani, Wasseypur, Paan Singh Tomar and Talaash! Rocking year Siddiqui sahab. 2) Sheeba Chaddha (the aging prostitute): You shone in a teeny bit role in Luck By Chance and you brought a Meena Kumari’sque tragic-ness to your character in Talaash with mere eyes. Maan gaye Sheeba-ji.
- Zoya Akhtar (Screenplay): The conclusion seemed a bit like I was cheated Zoya. The clues/red herrings were all there but some of them were purely to make me believe something that wasn’t true. SPOILER ALERT: If only Suri can see her (which is how we are made to believe in most cases), then why do we see her when Suri is not looking at her? (the interrogation scene in the brothel). Oh, and also see the note about your brother’s skills as a dialogue writer above. Please, with sugar on top, avoid him on the next gig. (Don’t get me wrong, he is a funny fella, but dialogues – no bueno! Remember he made the Kalki character say “chudail” instead of “bitch” in your ZNMD. You get my drift!)
- Reema Kagti (Screenplay/Director): Although your movie’s ending did not make a thumping impact on me, I did quite enjoy the ride. I took the movie’s overall theme as an underscoring of the existence of the ghosts of Mumbai, of those who have a non-existent life, who are all around us but are invisible to us. The title credits (Muskaane jhoothi hai) capture these ghostly beings of Mumbai quite beautifully. Now, whether that really was your theme or not, woh toh aap hi jaane. That said, you, Zoya and Gauri Shinde are film-makers whose work I will look forward to.