Everything about this film is shrouded in smoke – Dhuaan was a very apt early rumored title that has now been changed to Talaash. Written by Reema Kagti (director of Excel Entertainment’s Honeymoon Travels) and Zoya Akhtar (writer and director of Luck by Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), the film boasts of an interesting cast with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor (last seen in 3 Idiots) but also includes Rani Mukherjee. Rani and Aamir were last seen together in Mangal Pandey years ago!
So what to we know about Talaash? The earlier Dhuaan suggests events clouded in mystery, fog. Aamir plays a cop named Surjan Singh Sekhawat and Kareena is called Sunaina, and is allegedly a sex-worker (as per Mid-Day). In a recent interview with Verve magazine this is what we learnt:
….. Kagti has been refining her suspense drama about a police investigation in Mumbai with Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji as the cast. Slated for a 2012 release, the word on the street is that the real star of the film is its script.
“Zoya (Akhtar) and I thought of the story and co-wrote it. We do a lot of writing together. We’re also best friends so it’s fun and there’s a huge comfort factor. All our creative arguments get resolved by who can bang her laptop harder on the other one’s head,” she says, grinning wickedly.
So is she intimidated to be directing an institution like Aamir Khan? “I’m not fazed at all, just extremely grateful to Aamir and the producers for this opportunity to make a film in a really nice way. Aamir has got a lot of foresight and is very interested in the well-being of the project. I really appreciate that and don’t see that as interference. Having said that, even if the situation gets challenging, I like challenges.”
There was to be an underwater shot in Mumbai but as per Wikipedia it was moved to an undisclosed water studio in London:
“March 2011 saw the start of principal photography with Khan and Mukerji in Mumbai, India. For a specific scene involving Khan and Kapoor, it was rumored that both the actors would shoot for it in a red-light district. Kagti, however dismissed it, explaining that it wouldn’t be safe to do so; the scene was later shot at the Leopold Cafe on Colaba Causeway. Production of the film’s second phase continued with the entire cast in Pondicherry and was completed by the end of August. The film’s final phase was expected to commence the following month in the industrial town of Khopoli, where an underwater shot was expected to take place. However, due to some visibility problems, the shot was cancelled and was later filmed at an undisclosed water studio in London. Principal photography was completed by November 2011 where some of the remaining shots were filmed at the Bandstand Promenade.”
So what exactly is Rani’s role in the film? Is she the wife? Is she now dead? What is the police investigation about? Some of these mysteries will only intensify with the release of the trailer early next week. Knowing how tightly under wraps the project has been so far, the makers would be foolish to tell us too much about this hugely anticipated film.