TALAASH an existentialist dilemma of perceived guilt and how to come out of it

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Aamir Khan and Farhan Akhtar on the eve of release of TALAASH – THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN had tweeted and requested the fans not to reveal the climax of the film and let the audience enjoy it by coming to the cinema hall. Indeed, it was a wise suggestion as TALAASH is one big ride for individuals on the path of getting out of the cortex of self-guilt, which is perceived in most of us for no rhyme and reason.


As a matter of fact throughout our lives we continue to be so much guilt-ridden about some mishaps that may have happened in our lives that we stop living in the present and continue to rewind into the hazy terrain of the self-guilt and destroy our lives and those who are around us and associated with us as well. TALAASH is a subtle reminder about the fact that we ought not shrug the responsibilities that have been bestowed on us by the society and drown ourselves in the perceived guilt, which has been the bane of the character portrayed by Aamir Khan in the film.

Aamir Khan has brought out this dilemma in a convincing manner in the portrayal of the role of the police inspector and he has been ably helped in this portrayal through the characters of Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. The role that Rani Mukerji has enacted is one of the consummate performance that she has given in recent times, of getting on in life fully understanding that the husband is just a physical entity but does not give the emotional security that a wife aspires and also grappling with the dilemma of a son who is more of absent than present in her life.

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What is creditable about TALAASH is the manner in which suspense keeps on popping up at each corner and till intermission it keeps one binding in the seat. Aamir Khan walks a tightrope projecting the dilemma that a police inspector faces in trying to balance the expectations on the professional front and grappling with the personal issues that continue to haunt him and have made him into an insomniac.

TALAASH is a movie that has to be enjoyed sitting alone in the cinema hall without the family perhaps and also the mobile phone being switched. Why it needs to be savored stems from the fact that I had gone to watch it with my little son and he started running away one hour into the film.

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