Ribhu Dasgupta directs Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, bringing the pair together for the first time, with a special appearance from Vidya Balan, in this edge of the seat suspense thriller.
Korean films have intrigued Bollywood film makers since some time now. Quite a few of the times they have been from the action genre, blatantly copied without any credit/ mention of the original source. This time seems different.
An official remake of the film, Montage, Te3n, throws you into the plot from the word go. It doesn’t beat the viewer’s sensibilities in trying to oversimplify or explain things, but rather tags you along as one of them and keeps on its track.
A superb song by Bachchan himself, coupled with a fantastic, background score by Clinton Cerejo, keeps haunting you about the core issue of the film.
Vidya, wonder why categorised as a special appearance, somehow looks unwell in the film, which shows in her makeup. But she is her usual self in her performance as the cop on the case who would love to see the facts in front of her rather than any theories.
Nawaz, yet again, gives a performance which shows that he can do more than just lowly, sinister roles. As the failed cop turned priest, Martin, he fights his own helplessness about the past with a deference to God. Although the height difference between him and Bachchan is dwarfing, he holds his ground well in front of the megastar. This is another feather in his hat, since he tries something different, unlike Kahani, where he was the sole driving force, here he plays along with the circumstances, just so that he can outwit the kidnapper, this once.
What can one say about Mr. Bachchan. Saying he gives another nuanced performance, would be an oft repeated understatement / cliché. It is amazing that at his age and his tenure, he is managing a repertoire with such varied characters, from Shamitabh to Piku last year and Wazir to Te3n now. The helplessness, desperation of a grandfather, wronged in his loss of his granddaughter, Angela, is so beautifully shown, in his stubborn approach towards solving the case, even after 8 years. The make up team also deserves kudos, to show his supposedly frail body. The slightly hunched walk, the expression while kickstarting your scooter, and the final confrontation…. Wonder if any of his counterparts across the world cinema, forget Hollywood, would be able to boast of such performances at this stage of their careers, rather than just paycheck movies, as we have seen so often, lately.
Tushar Kanti Ray, captures the spirit of Kolkatta brilliantly, in not a picturesque, tourism video fashion, but in a manner where one can feel the claustrophobia of being stuck in the chaos of the city, in your face. Just as the grandfather is stuck in time.
Ribhu Dasgupta and Sujoy Ghosh deserve credit, for presenting the beautiful original in such a lovely, poignant manner. Difference being, the entire emotions of the mother have been transferred to the grandfather here. The presentation of the title also, with the 3 different stories, as cracked upon by my son, hit me much later and makes one realise, what brilliant storytelling.
A must watch.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
Rating : 4/5