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TALAASH movie review: An intriguing story intelligently told!

TALAASH movie review: An intriguing story intelligently told! | Film Talaash Neo Noir Project | Scoop.it
Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji hold your attention till the very end in this gripping murder mystery Actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan is being seen on the big screen in a commercial movie af...
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1) Renowned Bollywood film reviewer Shweta Parande talks about Talaash and how it is a success in the filmmaking world.

2) "Talaash is less about the mystery and more about the not-so-obvious factors – like coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, overcoming greed and fantasy, and beating the mind at its games, for instance. The movie needs to be watched at least twice to understand the subtext. It will grow on you.

However, this one might not appeal to viewers addicted to reading crime and supernatural fiction, or watching international TV shows and films of the same genre. But as a first for Indian cinema,Talaash must be watched. It might not be a mass entertainer, but it’s on the road to becoming a cult film in the genre."

3) She acknowledges that the movie has potential to kickstart a new appreciation for new genres in Bollywood and shatter the misconceptions of bollywood cinema in the West.

 

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In conversation with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor

Anupama Chopra chats with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor about their film Talaash. Log on to www.thefrontrow.starworld.in for more info on the ...
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1) The 3 Primary cast members of the movie Talaash discussing the influence of older suspense neo noirs in Indian Cinema from the 1970s

2) How it has been adapted into new age Bollywood suspense movies. Eg. Madhumati and Woh Kaun Thi. (Movies that were genre defining back then but did horribly in regards to monetary profit) (Right at the starting of the video)

3) They discuss what a less tapped genre like Indian Suspense will garner at the box office given that it is such an unconventional genre.

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1) Postmodern Nostalgia to return to older genres

2) Films like Taxi Driver like we have seen before in class

3) Usually only associated with the west

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‘Talaash’: 5 Things That Didn’t Work

‘Talaash’: 5 Things That Didn’t Work | Film Talaash Neo Noir Project | Scoop.it
SPOILER ALERT: The article gives out details of the film `Talaash`. Don`t proceed if you do not wish to learn of the plot.
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1) India's indifference and narrow mindedness towards the genre. A mandatory step towards the evolution of the industry to genres like suspense with a neo noir backdrop.

2) The climax and its effect on the audience was largely varied. 

3) The climax was hit or miss depending on a person's take on spirituality

4) The Movie ties into Hindu values of Karma towards the ending which is a notion that is perceived on the extremes of the spectrum.

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Talaash | Movie Trailer-1 | Aamir Khan,Kareena Kapoor,Rani Mukherji

Talaash is the most awaited film of 2012 starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. It is directed by Reema Kagti and presented by Reliance Entert...
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1) Very unconventional from Indian standards.

2) Dark themes: Child mortality, prostitution, inner demons, infidelity

3) Stark Realism in the sense that the movie depicts the life of a troubled middle class Indian man living with a lot of turmoil in his head.

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I'm Ok That Some People Didn't Like 'Talaash': Reema Kagti

While Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is sad and upset that people did not like his 'Talaash', Director Reema Kagti says she's okay with it. For more Bollywood: L...
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1) The director and writer of the movie states that she is indifferent to whether or not some people did not like the flow or genre of the movie.

2) She talks about how the movie is not entirely reliant on the climax and how it is still watchable despite knowing the main plot twist in the movie.

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Rajeev Masand interview with Aamir Khan dissecting Talaash

In this interview with Rajeev Masand, Aamir Khan dissects Talaash, reveals what he thought of that twist ending, and how the makers tried to ensure the twist...
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1) Aamir Khan (Protagonist of the movie) explaining how the climax of the movie was doubtful and his suspected response to the supernatural tinge to the movie.

2) Talks about how the character struggles with the deep hopelessness and guilt that is felt by the character recovering from the loss of his son. This is very characteristic of a neo noir film.

3) Separation of the real from the supernatural. In the film and in regards to beliefs in India.

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Watch Talaash Online | Netflix

Watch Talaash Online | Netflix | Film Talaash Neo Noir Project | Scoop.it
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1) Opening (Setting and progression)

2)1:55:00 Climax Does it work?

3)The progression of the movie as an intricately bound suspense movie which ends in supernatural explanations of the ongoing events throughout the course of the movie

4) Typical bollywood length feature film (approximately 2 hours). 

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What Is Film Noir? | LibraryPoint

What Is Film Noir? | LibraryPoint | Film Talaash Neo Noir Project | Scoop.it
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1) Explanation of Film noir and its peak in the 1940s

2) Bollywood's failed attempt to adapt the genre in the 1970's (its influence on Talaash)

3) Significant characteristics of these films:

Urban environment, Rain-soaked streets, Seedy taverns, diners, and run-down buildings, Claustrophobic interiors, Flickering street lamps, Neon signsScenes appear dark, as if lit for night, with many dark shadows, Oblique and vertical lines, especially in regards to lighting, Shadows, Films done in black and white, Narration, especially flash-back narration, Hopelessness, CorruptionThe "heroes" tend to be morally ambiguous, alienated from society, and have a fatalistic outlook. Characters torn by psychological conflict,The femme fatale

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commentary | Geeky Media Blog

commentary | Geeky Media Blog | Film Talaash Neo Noir Project | Scoop.it
Posts about commentary written by littlepikeru
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1) Misconceptions about Eastern Cinema particularly Bollywood.

2) The growing boldness of the less tapped genres like neo-noirs, thrillers and hard realism related topics. Fearlessness of new age directors with the Indian rating system getting a lot more lenient and at par with most of the MPAA rating threshholds.

3) Femme Fatales, depiction of prostitution, different air to it than common bollywood romantic movies

 

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