I was very intrigued by the trailer. After watching stupendous flicks like Talaash and Kahaani, clearly proving the industry’s ability to make strong thrillers, I knew that Teen will have the same effect. The movie is about John (Amitabh Bachchan) trying to find justice for his deceased granddaughter who was kidnapped and eventually killed, 8 years earlier. Father Martin (Nawazzuddin Siddique) was involved in the investigation, his failure prompted him to leave his career and to find peace in the service of god. The movie takes a turn when a young boy named Ronnie was kidnapped in a similar manner.
The events from the past (which shows Angela’s kidnapping), present (John’s investigation) and future (Ronnie’s abduction and Sarita’s, played by Vidya Balan, investigation) is shown parallelly and the structure is understood better only at the end, though the three sequences have different tints. Unless you pay complete attention, you may end up being confused over the flow of the structure. There are tension filled moments, touching moments like John shows his desperateness by selling his scooter to get the address of the suspect, his repeated visit to the police station and all, and the final moments where you will hold your breathe. What I personally liked the best about the film is how much breathing space is given at the end to present the resolution with ease. Usually, in these films, the movie ends abruptly leaving the audience in “Is that it?” phase. Amitabh Bachchan is great as always. The pain and crave for revenge is seen in his eyes along with the constant reminder regarding the fact that he is too old. The movie gives out “do not under-estimate the power of an aged individual“, at the same time we will feel sorry as he had to go through all that at his age. Vidya Balan stuck to her charismatic portrayal as she is adorable and tough at the same time, the pinnacle being the fact that she was right all along about the investigation though the movie gives out pieces on how she could be wrong. Women are usually subdued in films like this, in spite of having less role, Sarita had her good moments and she ended as the person who was right all along. She never let go of her doubts and didn’t let a man change her views. The person who deserves the cake is definitely Nawazuddin Siddique, who delivered controlled acting as the father who was torn between guilt and redemption. The second half completely belongs to him. The look in his eyes as he finds out a clue adds a major to the movie’s thrill. The supporting cast couldn’t stand up that much, Sabyasachi Chabarthy couldn’t work on his vocal performance and facial expressions. Editing and cinematography were top class to create the anticipation and apt scenarios. The first half was too slow, probably the reason why people’s couldn’t digest the movie.
The concept of the film is loosely based on 2013 film the call, just the concept, not the plot. Bollywood requires films like these but does not deserve it, definitely, the Indian audience needs to work on their tastes. I was rather surprised to know that the film didn’t succeed at the box office. Perhaps the depressing mood might seem too much to handle but it is the soul of the plot. We are experiencing what an aged person who lost his granddaughter is going through. In that way, the director did a tremendous job. The fact that a film cannot succeed, without all the traditional additions that are seen in a typical Bollywood film, is rather sad. Go watch Te3n with a charged mind, you will love the suspense and resolution.
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