Director Ribhu Das Gupta’s Teen featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan in the pivotal roles bears striking similarity to Vidya-Nawaz starrer Sujoy Ghosh’s incredibly gripping film Kahaani. Naturally the expectations for this one tend to touch the proverbial stratosphere. But while Sujoy Ghosh’s movie kept you hooked right till the end Das Gupta’s endevour does not exactly put the pieces of the Jigsaw puzzle quite convincingly. It appears quite promising, intriguing as indeed interesting but does quite live up to the expectations one tends to harbour before walking into the theatre. ALSO READ: Teen Music Review: This Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer has some soul-stirring numbers! Also Read - Here Are Tough KBC 12 Questions And Their Answers From October 22's Episode
It’s been eight years since Amitabh Bachchan’s character John Biswas has lost his granddaughter, Angela. The little girl was kidnapped under mysterious circumstances. John tries everything in his capacity to trace the links of the tragic occurrence but to no avail. The incident has scarred John and his wife Nancy forever. His relentless quest is to get justice. So even after eight long years John hasn’t given up. He continues to visit the police station where he’s shunned and ignored every day. The only person whose help he seeks is Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an ex-cop turned priest who has one thing in common with John – the death of Angela had a life altering impact on both men. Martin is seeking solace now through what appears to be a path he has adopted not by choice but for the sake of convince. He just wants to run away from the disturbing reality and the trauma it has caused him. ALSO READ: Meeting Amitabh Bachchan: A chat with the legend of Indian cinema (Interview) Also Read - KBC 12 October 21 Episode Highlights: Farhar Naz Could Not Tackle Rs 50,00,000 Question, Can You Give It a Try?
Eight years later, history repeats itself. There’s another kidnapping and the way it has been carried out bears a striking similarity with what happened to Angela. Vidya Balan’s character Sarita Sarkar steps in tactfully and gets Martin involved in the case to connect the dots and solve the mystery. John too doggedly pieces together the identity of Angela’s kidnapper from little bits of information that he has collected through his own investigations in all these years. ALSO READ: ‘Kahaani 2′ was meant to happen with me and Sujoy Ghosh: Vidya Balan Also Read - Vidya Balan Resumes Shoot For Sherni in Madhya Pradesh - Check PICS From Sets
On paper Teen promises to be a gripping thriller that brings together these two parallel investigations into the two kidnappings but sadly does quite tie up the things together and the elements that bring about the mystery remain obfuscated throughout the tale. Das Gupta employs the city of Kolkata beautifully. The city of joy stands (out) as a solid character in the movie much like it has been portrayed in movies such as Kahaani and Piku add to it the exceptional cinematography, fine editing and haunting background score and the audiences get a perfect backdrop. Nut what happens in the forefront in terms of mounting of the story and character depiction remain puzzling. ALSO READ: Exclusive pictures of Amitabh Bachchan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui chilling on the sets of Te3n
As far as the performances are concerned the exceptional ‘trio’ has done a superb job. In a yet another moving performance Amitabh Bachchan shows why he is getting better with every role he is essaying the days. He encapsulates the helplessness and hopelessness of a grandfather who has suffered a personal tragedy and trauma like no other. Vidya Balan as a stoic police officer gets the blend of empathy and sympathy without going overboard or melodramatic. Nawaz too brings to the table a fine mix of intensity and subtlety. Alas the incongruent narrative fails the superlative performances delivered by these three!
Our rating: 2.5 stars