Teen Patti Movie Review
Teen Patti (Hindi)
Set in India and England and starring two of the greatest living acting legends of our times - czar of the Indian film industry, Amitabh Bachchan and Academy Award Winner Sir Ben Kingsley - Teen Patti is an emotionally riveting and razor sharp thriller about greed, deception and giant feats of imagination. Relayed against the backdrop of modern India - made internationally beloved following the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Teen Patti is one of the most fascinating new films to emerge from Asia, its theme and narrative are so profoundly particular to India that it is ultimately transcendent and therefore universal in its appeal.
Ben Kingsley, who essays Perci Trachtenberg, widely regarded as the world's greatest living mathematician, meets Venkat, played by Amitabh Bachchan, a reclusive math genius from India, at a high rolling casino in London. Venkat tells Perci about an equation that could not only change the dialogue on mathematics forever, but one that has already left an indelible impression of guilt - for many painful reasons - on Venkat's life.
As it turns out, the reclusive genius Venkat has cracked a theory that could redefine the principles of probability and randomness. However, as with all exceptional knowledge, his equation has its upside - as well as its dark underbelly. Aware that he is on the precipice of an extraordinary discovery, one that could find applications across various sciences, Venkat is encouraged to test his theory in the real world by professor Shantanu essayed by Madhavan (the super star from South India), an ambitious colleague of Venkat. Although Venkat has no interest in the money that could come from practicing his equation to crack Teen Patti, (a poker game) which could rake in all the moolah, he eventually succumbs to Shantanu's charismatic persuasion. Soon, with the help of a few students, each with a complicated and singular fate of their own, they explore the addas (underground gambling dens) of wild Bombay, and a series of edge-of-your-seat escapades keep the film moving faster than a bullet.
But what starts out as an experiment between a charismatic young professor and an eccentric older one soon descends into a game neither of them can control. When their lives sink into maddening chaos, the greed and desperation that had fueled them on can no longer save them.Perci understands that Venkat's theory in essence, questions the idea of what is random - and what is fated. A surprising and deeply moving redemption, initiated by Perci, closes this stupendously modern film that is as much about the private equations of honor and chance, and about knowledge that can change the world. But what if the price of this knowledge is life itself?
Teen Patti is a train-wreck of a movie. It's incoherent, lengthy and worst of all, agonisingly pretentious.Read more
A stylish attempt definitely, but it goes wrong horribly towards the end. Such big money and great actors are not put to optimum use, thanks to a flawed scriptRead more
Teen Patti is an incoherent mess of logic-defying scenes that never come together as a fluid script. It's got snazzy camerawork and occasionally hip production design, but none of that matters in the endRead more
This is the most elegantly lit (cinematographer Aseem Bajaj) rendition of pure gibberish that Iâ€™ve seen in a whileRead more
Whatever little intrigue Teen Patti packs in is weighed down by verbosity, pop philosophy and contrived analogies between life and math, but Bachchan is superlativeRead more
The script doesn't evolve, it just jumps jerkily from one level to another so that the director can take her story to a predictable endRead more
The second half does get somewhat repetitive, with the film refusing to move out of the gambling dens and the climax gets somewhat hurried. But majorly, the film holds as a taut thriller that keeps you glued for most of the screen timeRead more