Starring: Amitabh Bachchan (John Biswas), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Father Martin Das), Vidya Balan (Sarita Sarkar), Sabyasachi Chakrabarty (Manohar Sinha)
Director: Ribhu Dasgupta
Music: Clinton Crejerio
Cinematography: Tushar Kanti Ray
There has always been something about Bollywood and thrillers. Since its early days we have seen the Industry produce some heart throbbing thrillers like Darr, Aamir, A Wednesday, Who Kaun Thi, Khiladi, etc. winning hearts of cinema lovers across the globe. Seeing these movies one may say that Bollywood has mastered the art of thrillers but if a deeper introspection is done, there is a lot of scope for improvement.
A gripping trailer projecting the power packed Vidya-Nawazuddin combo, which dates back to Kahani, with the graceful addition of Amiabh Bachchan on their journey to solve a kidnapping case, TE3N is something which is all sugar and honey for Bollywood lovers. Despite the high expectations and speculations, TE3N is a thriller, which irritates you more than it thrills. The 150 minute journey is nothing short of a mountain climb that changes pace every now and then. With Mr. Bachchan being the only one acting in the entire movie, we only see glimpses of the real Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan, which is a major heart break.
Really, I am surprised, is this the Vidya Balan who we saw stealing the show in Kahani and The Dirty Picture ?
The movie is very much what the trailer showed us but with its own series of twists and turns that at sometimes amaze but mostly fail. Yes, the first half may give your expectations a push, but as the second half unfolds, you soon find them rolling down to the bottom of a pit. TE3N , however has some moments and they are all Mr. Bachchan’s or the credible supporting performance from Sabyasachi Chakrabarty. Director Ribhu Dasgupta seems still has not learnt to write and direct thrillers after the disappointment we faced in the Indian television series, Yudh, again revolving around the Indian veteran actor.
Music by Clinton Crejerio is a saviour and comes to your rescue at points, but again fails to save the sinking boat. Movies directed in Calcutta often boast about the culture of the town, which again goes missing in TE3N. Last but not the least, the movie leaves you startled at the fact that why did the makers give it the name, TE3N, was it just because of the 3 main actors ? Lets leave that to your sense of judgement.
My Rating: 1.5/5