Teen Patti - News
Starring :Amitabh Bachchan, Sir Ben Kingsley, Madhavan R, Raima Sen, Sushmita Sen, Imran Khan, Ajay Devgan, Jackie Shroff, Danny Denzongpa
Music :Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Director :Leena Yadav
Producer :Ambika A Hinduja
Teen Patti is a hatke experience
The first thing that came to mind when the promos Teen Patti came was is it inspired from 21. But well though there are a few similarities, one can say that it’s a completely different film. Teen Patti is lavishly mounted and with the kind of subject it deals in is presented with intricate detail. In short, it is not your average Bollywood fare. But the confusing application of the theory of probability with the game of Teen Patti is definitely all set to go above many a viewers head. While the first half is lot of things happening and keeping you at the edge of the seat with the intriguing happenings, the second half is where it loses its steam big time. Repetitiveness, unimpressive cameos by Ajay Devgan, Saira Mohan, confused narrative and a pro longed climax brings the graph of the film completely down. Also the talk-a-thon between Bachchan and Kingsley seems to be never ending and at times even acts a spoke in the wheel of the narrative. However, the edgy moments in the first half have turned up really well, especially the group’s first tryst with Teen Patti at a gambling den amongst real Bhais.
Amitabh Bachchan is simply superb as the eccentric professor. Madhavan with a tinge of grey shade to his character is just excellent. Raima Sen playing his fiancée however gets no scope. Shakti Kapoor’s debutante daughter Shraddha Kapoor impresses. The talented newcomer surely will go a long way. Amongst the male newcomers all three – Vaibhav, Dhruv and Siddharth have good screen presence and talent to match. There are cameos by Ajay Devgan, Saira Mohan, Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor with the most impressive one being by Mahesh Manjrekar. Sir Ben Kingsley is just first rate.
Camerawork by Aseem Bajaj matches international standards. Aarti Bajaj’s editing work however makes the film more confusing than it should have been. Salim-Suleiman’s music barring the Neeyat song featuring Brazilian hottie Mariah is nothing much to write about.
Teen Patti is a hatke experience which is no harm in trying provided you are willing to be a little patient with its second half.
Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sir Ben Kingsley, R. Madhavan, Raima Sen, introducing Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Kher, Vaibhav Talwar and Dhruv Ganesh
Director: Leena Yadav
Movie Rating: 2.5/5 – Edgy but not taut enough.