Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddique, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Padmavati Rao
English title: Three. It seems Bollywood has discovered a new formula to make movies that seem interesting but turn out to be utter crap. Step 1, get a very popular actor to play the role of a common man with a character which is extremely different from what he has done. Step 2, have Nawazuddin Siddique playing the role of an in-your-face cop. Step 3, write a mystery story and presto! This movie seemed appealing at first sight but half an hour into the movie and you quickly realise that it may not be as good as it seemed to be. John Biswas (Bachchan) lives in Kolkata with his wife and grand-daughter whilst his son and daughter-in-law work outside the city. In an unfortunate twist, their grand daughter, Angela, gets kidnapped and subsequently murdered. Eight years on, police has still no clue as to what happened and who was behind it but John refuses to give up hope and continues investigating by himself. Martin Das (Siddique) was the police officer in charge of the case when Angela was kidnapped and feels guilty for not being able to save her life. He has resorted to turning into a Catholic priest as a mark of forgiveness from God. One fine day, Ronnie, a young school boy, gets kidnapped in exactly the same manner as Angela, leading the police to believe that the kidnapper has returned. Police inspector Sarita Sarkar (Balan) is trying to convince Martin to rejoin the police for this one case in order to use his expertise from Angela’s case and also help him gain redemption for what happened the last time. The very first thing that does not seem to make sense is the movies title. There is absolutely no element of ‘three’ with the only plausible explanation being the three lead characters of the movie. However, they too don’t seem to have three parallel back stories that culminate together and hence the title seems like a complete misfit. Although all three lead actors seemed to have played a good role, the story is a complete mess with a very low-key climax. In fact, there is hardly any climax at all and the kidnappers revelation turns out to be a little ‘blah’. Somewhere, somehow, the movie tried to emulate Kahaani. Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin, Kolkata, murder mystery, it all fits. If you thought this was going to be this years award-winning murder mystery, you are a little wrong.
Thumbs up: Amitabh Bachchan playing the common man
Thumbs down: Bad climax, very weak story