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Teen Patti - An equation challenging all the other equations
A Leena Yadav venture, Teen Patti opened in the Indian Cinemas this weekend. The film is very fresh in its approach, although it revolves around the basic fact of life - There is enough to satisfy every man' s need, but not every man' s greed.
Venkat is a tortured mathematician who has cracked a theory, based on probability and randomness, for anyone wanting to earn quick money at the game of teen patti. He is coaxed into trying out his theory in the real world by Prof. Shantanu, a colleague. Together along with a few students, they set out to explore the realms of the Mumbai underworld. Greed and Deception are their best friends, and what starts out as an experiment soon spirals into a game completely out of anyone' s control.
Set in London and India, the film stars Sir Ben Kingsley, of noted fame, and Amitabh Bachchan. Their acting and the ease with which they fit into the very skins of their characters dashes down all the bad mouthing they have been subjected to. The narrative rapport built between the two as the story juggles between the past and the present is plain brilliant.
The film has refreshing teasers and promos - remember the tantalizing moves of the dancer with vague flashes of scenes just touching erotica? But, one does wish the film did not limit itself to the big city audiences and the intelligentsia for the simple reason that one does take time to grasp the very concept of the movie and for an average movie-goer looking for entertainment, the movie has very little to offer. The pace slackens greatly between the cameos, played by Shakti Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Jackie Shroff and Tinu Anand, all well suited for their roles. However, the move also tends to get repetitive. The pace picks up again with a classy twist just before the interval, heightening the anticipation of the audience.
The movie then weaves around the fine lines of treachery, greed, deception and mystery. How one of the students commits suicide to end the vicious game is the masterstroke. Bachchan continues to impress till the very end, when he gives a speech that moves you to know bounds on winning the Sir Issac Newton Award. However, the pace is lost and your mind is drifting away somewhere in the middle again.
The film also stars R. Madhavan, Saira Mohan and Raima Sen, all playing roles that add further definition to the movie and its erratic plot, sometimes touching peaks and at times, the ebbs. R. Madhavan is excellent, with just the right amount of darkness needed to baffle you. Saira Mohan is hardly there and Raima Sen is just about okay.
The film introduces Dhruv Ganesh, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Kher and Vaibhav Talwar. The new comers, all of them, have enormous screen presence, but Vaibhav Talwar clearly stands out although his role lacks anything substantial.
Azeem Bajaj' s cinematography is up to the mark as always, and strikes you. The visuals create the necessary thrill. Music is catchy, with the videos having much that has been left to imagination such as the B&W usage in the credits track. Leena Yadav' s writing and direction, both, are mature.
On the whole, Teen Patti is a one-of-a-kind film for Bollywood, with new comers, old timers and brilliant talents all coming together. It is slow and complicated to understand, admitted, but the visuals and the sheer twists would make it an average watch. And then of course, there is Sir Ben and Bachchan, who just keeps getting better, even at 68! Watch it, if you want something hatke, something different from the comedy-love-tragedy plots.
Review by - Malvika Asher
Ambika A Hinduja
Teen Patti Reviews by Twitter Users:
dinyarm reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 11:30:36Z
Complete waste of Ben Kingsley in Teen Patti.. Hindi dialogues sucked!! fail
kulsum reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 11:17:08Z
Yesterday, I saw Leena Yadav film Teen Patti. It' s bakwas film. Amitabh ko ab film sign nahi karni chahiy. I waste my time to sas the film....
Sarma Veturi reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 11:12:13Z
Teri Neeyat Kharab Hai of Teen Patti....One of the best item songs I have seen recent days...better than even Babuji Jara Dheere Chalo...
Bharath Ramakrishna reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 11:10:35Z
Teen patti disappoints
Prabhu Kumar reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 11:02:41Z
Masand' s Verdict: " but the makers of Teen Patti don' t even have the skills to plagiarize competently"
Amitav reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 11:01:54Z
Feel the same abt Teen Patti. Pathetic is an under-rated word for the movie!
dinyarm reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 10:57:08Z
Teen Patti is one of the worst, irritating, pathetic and boring movie i have ever seen!! God knows why they make such movies!!
Vivek Goenka reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 10:53:05Z
Teen Patti - what a bloody waste of time!!
Mimi Begum reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 10:46:31Z
Teen patti is another hollywood movie ripped off - Copy of the movie 21 wen a maths teacher teaches his students how to play blackjack n
Sanjay Punamiya reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 10:18:27Z
Going for Karthik Calling Karthik. Hope does not dissapoint me as Teen patti
Laukik Desai reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 10:17:32Z
interval at Teen Patti. Hall filled to 25% of capacity. 40/100
VijetaV reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 10:09:55Z
Masand has given 2 stars for Karthik calling Karthik n 1 star for Teen patti
©Shakina ✔ reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 09:57:01Z
at Shraddhas Kapoor; just watched teen patti. it was great! you' re amazingg! :D
Jayesh Kotak reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 09:23:53Z
Saw Teen Patti with 9 other people in theater...not home theater on Sat morning. Ok moive . better supporting cast could have worked
Sahil Rizwan reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:55:26Z
Teen Patti - Sir Ben Kingsley starts off a slow clap sequence at the end... ' nuff said! X(
Suhel Banerjee reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:23:37Z
Karthik Calling Karthik gets 2/5 and Teen Patti 1/5 from Rajeev Masand
Moin Syed reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:18:33Z
Teen Patti was a non starter from Beginning. KCK does not have gud reviews either.
Sameer Farooq reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:17:21Z
Save yourself from Teen Patti,especially if its the mid night show.. horribly made..
Bikram Singh Bathh reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:12:27Z
Teen Patti is equally good, but a little boring, specially the second half, bt quite bold,, :P :D
..F9book............ reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:05:37Z
Teen Patti is stylish but loses track
sandeep chandna reviewed on 2010-02-27 at 08:02:32Z
Teen Patti: Seriously awful... 0/5 stars
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