A grandfather, police officer and a priest join hands to investigate and find a missing child.
The genre of serious crime thriller has arrived in Bollywood. We have already had excellent films like ‘kahani’, ‘talash’ and now Ribhu Dasgupta gives us ‘te3n’.
In 1997 I joined a queue under scorching midday sun to buy a ticket for ‘Mrityudata’ (one of Amitabh Bachchan’s totally forgettable middle-age fares) and felt it was time to write him off. Twenty years down the line, he reigns supreme over the Indian film industry, going from strength to strength, reinventing and surpassing himself time and again. That itself could have been enough for ‘te3n’ but the director also decided to throw Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan and Sabyasachi Chakrabarti in. A viewing pleasure.
Many have complained about the slow pace. For me that set the tone of the story. An excellent story, told by an exceptional ensemble cast – the perfect fare for a lazy Sunday afternoon. We are told that the story-line has been taken from a Korean one, but its adaptation into the slowly decaying Anglo-Indian community of Kolkata has been flawless.
My only serious grouse is about Sabyasachi Chakrabarti. A brilliant actor, a versatile presence in the Bengali (large and small) screen. However, the way he has let his appearance go in recent years has been a source of terrible disappointment to his appreciative viewers.