Talaash – is a poignant painting of pathos

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– One of the most misunderstood movies of the millennium, right from the interpretation of the genre…

– Poignant yet disturbing to the core, it was all about a deep psychological subtext of fighting your inner daemons of haunting sorrow literally and figuratively, all in the garb of a Bombay Noir…

– Brilliant take on solitude and its multiple manifestations – an urban couple grappling with the pain of losing a child and trying to search the truth beyond the realms of realism…

– A Super-Cop turning into an introverted insomniac dragging himself down to an endless pit of guilt, thereby alienating himself from life around him, and looking for his cues and answers from an abstract mysterious world that is far more earnest and sensitive that anything else he sees around; and gets grossly misunderstood in the process…

– A mourning mother, who has ceased to be anything else in her grief, and resorts to seek solace in spiritual callings she experiences in her journey to combat sorrow, and again gets completely misunderstood from her closest quarters…

– An ethereal diva, who embodies deep pathos and gross injustice of ‘Why me’, who personifies how futile can life be, and who leaves behind a haunting enigma around how you need to set your spirit free to find closure in many ways.. and leaves behind everyone scrambling to understand her along the way…

Easily one of the best works of Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan who magnificently shine in their own brooding and charming ways through the film, and brilliantly supported by Rani Mukherjee and the rest of the ensemble, director Reema Kagti pulls out a winner with this one, breaking away from the genre stereotypes, challenging the status quo of safe cinema in every possible way!

It was a champion team in action with fantastic screenplay by Zoya Akhtar and Reema herself, some brilliant dialogs by Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap, a soulfully haunting soundtrack by Ram Sampath, perfect Noir atmospherics captured by KU Mohanan, and a very brave project backed to full justice by Excel Entertainment!

It gives me so much pain then that such cinematic brilliance got such a low acceptance! There are very few tales told with so much poise and sensitivity where the back-stories and the untold become so much more important that what we see and hear on the screen…

For me, I have only discovered more and more goose-bump love every time I have gone back to this film in the last 5 years… I have only uncovered more and more subtle nuances in this pursuit to search the truth within, beneath the superficial layers of the apparent and the obvious…

This personal favorite of mine gets to complete 5 years of its overwhelmingly ethereal cinematic experience in a couple of days… May it keep growing on me…

Thank you Reema KagtiExcel EntertainmentAamir KhanKareena KapoorRani MukherjiNawazuddin SiddiquiRajkumar Rao and the entire cast and crew of this masterpiece!

#5YearsOfTalaash #SublimeSolitude

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