Talaash Movie Review

Talaash (Hindi)

Release Date:
November 30, 2012

Seeing reflections of Mumbai under the red light, Talaash is a tale of love lost, fatal attraction and above all the quest to solve a perfect crime. Suspense at its core, Talaash explores Mumbai's underbelly like never before.

Aamir Khan plays an investigation officer, Inspector Shekhawat who receives a phone call early in the morning informing him about death and an accident and how everything starts to unfold from there.

The case turns into a life altering chase for Inspector Shekhawat when he is forced to reel under the repercussions of a broken married life with wife Roshni played by Rani Mukherji and come face to face with his suppressed grief.

Being on his investigative quest and fighting it out with personal struggle, Inspector Shekhawat meets a sex worker Rosie played by Kareena Kapoor who further adds shades of mystery to the puzzle.

What looks like a simple car accident investigation turns into a haunting mystery as further investigations show many anomalies were stringed to the death of the victim.

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Even if the resolution leaves you underwhelmed, the film is so beautifully made and so atmospheric that several scenes stick in mind

The Hindu

To watch Talaash is to embark on a passionate love affair that ends in frustration because the object of your desire reveals itself to be shallow and depressingly ordinary. In short, a profound anti-climax

Hindustan Times

Its shortcomings notwithstanding, it's a good example of an entertaining commercial film that didn't need to be lazy or senseless

Talaash is a riveting combination of sentiment and suspense

Talaash starts out as a smart, well-written noir-ish thriller, and then slips between the tracks. Pity about the second half

Indian Express

if you’re going to watch Talaash solely to understand "what’s the suspense about" you’re going to be disappointed. Try and empathize, instead with the characters. Reward then, will look for and find you.

Mumbai Mirror

If you are not searching for the finest suspense film ever, Talaash is a good one-time watch!

Times of India

Talaash creates its chills primarily tapping into the dark side of the mind, which makes it an unusual Bollywood film

It demands an investment of time and patience, surely, but the pay-off is rewarding

It starts off well, but simmers far too long before it gets to the boil


What it achieves is a rare balance


The story is real, enacted by extremely able actors, who make the movie thrilling, in just the right measure. Every turn surprises you, shocks you even, and has you completely involved in the story playing out on screen


You may not like Talaash, if mystery and intrigue set at a languid pace is not what you look out for in your matinee outing

Times of India

In Talaash, Kagti weaves a complex web, and she colours it with the mood and the atmosphere she and her collaborators create. Talaash has the feel of a noir film

By no means is Talaash the end of your search for the perfect whodunit. But there is so much going for this compelling, slow-burning, well-acted tale set in the dark, grimy underbelly of Mumbai that you can barely take your eye off the screen

Talaash is a deftly woven suspense drama that may either blow your mind or leave you disappointed. In either case, it's the process of the culmination which makes for a delightful definite one time watch.


An outstanding film. A taut psychological thriller that keeps you guessing till the end, it leaves you spellbound, leaves you mesmerized, leaves you with an exclamation, 'Wow'