Teen (2016)

Cast – Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Padmavathi Rao

Director – Ribhu Dasgupta

Screenplay by  – Suresh Naiir, Ritesh Shah, Bijesh Jayarajan

Is a superb suspense thriller about a man seeking justice and searching for his granddaughter’s kidnapper. And when that man happens to be an actor par excellence like Amitabh, you can assume how good it can be.

He’s been befittingly supported by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan both ace actors themselves. Vidya Balan though in a small role is her usual best. A cop through and through… facial expressions to body language.

Nawazuddin never fails to deliver and is good here too.

But the one who stands out and has the maximum screen time, practically ruling all the frames is Big B. His performances are so worked upon… it shows in his perfection of expressions and body language, his gait, his angst, his tears, his eyes. The camera work smartly uses his age, his wrinkles, his hands to portray the octogenarian character that he plays.

Sujoy Ghosh won half the war when he got all three on board.

The rest half was definitely filled by good plot and direction by Ribhu Dasgupta.

Kolkata as a backdrop always works well and the cinematographer too has done a pretty good job at it. The old streets, buildings, homes… captured beautifully.

The suspense keeps you guessing and glued. The only thing that could have been better is the pace. Editing could have been sharper.

The movie has a Sujoy Ghosh feel for definite but lacked the pace and marvel of Kahaani.

But the director and the actors trio have ensured a thumbs up for this movie.

Score 8 on 10.

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