Critic's Rating: 17/5
Saturday 4 January 2003
Akshay Kumar, Kareena, Raakhee
An aging Akshay Kumar and a slowly fading Kareena Kapoor make up this unimaginative piece of film-making called Talaash. The movie has a drab script, is predictable to the point of being the elusive cure for insomnia and has performances that are shoddy at best!
A gangster is released and returns home to find out that his `loyal` goonda friends did not see to it that his family was taken care of during his incarceration. When he decides to take this up with them they kill him and kidnap his daughter. This drives his now widowed wife (Raakhee) insane and all that is left is his son who grows up in the same footsteps to become a goon himself (Akshay Kumar). His one mission is to find his sister and rescue her from the clutches of evil. This he pursues and also has time to romance a maiden (Kareena). What makes up the rest of the film is how he gets his sister back. The climax also reveals the mystery about the sister?s identity.
Suneel Darshan seems to have missed his target in a big way after Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya almost a year back. Kareena Kapoor has comfortably settled into the meaningless roles that she keeps getting and Talaash just locks her in that stereotype. Akshay Kumar is in a desperate need of a change in image, as action just doesn?t seem to suit `Uncle Akki` anymore. Technically, the film has nothing special to offer though the cinematography is admirable. Sanjeev Darshan?s music is passable. This is one movie that is best forgotten and when seen in a bigger picture, Ritesh Deskmukh?s debut seems to have scored over Talaash. A dark day indeed!