Film: TE3N

Director: Ribhu Dasgupta

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan

Rating: ***

Nothing is a greater punishment than living with the guilt of a crime you never committed. Turning the spotlight on it and more, Ribhu Dasgupta&’s directorial takes you into an old man’s journey in the search for truth.

Slow and steady, the storyline of TE3N plunges into the depths of what a grandfather goes through when he loses his granddaughter forever, after she was held for ransom.

Inspired by the Korean movie Montage, the film shows Amitabh Bachchan in the role of John Biswas, who searches for his granddaughter&’s kidnapper even after eight long years.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Father Martin, who was once a police officer, and Vidya Balan essays the role of a cop, Sarita Sarkar.

Obsessed with the misfortune, John puts the pieces of the puzzle together as each day bequeaths him to look for more, the events still haunt him and leave him sleepless.

Determined to find who the culprit is, he connects the dots with the help of his old friend Martin, the new cop on the scene Sarita, a tattered scooter and a few tape recordings.

Eight years later, the crime is repeated in the same old fashion. Is this a second chance for them? Will John be able to hunt down the sinner this time around?

The plot leaves you pondering over these questions. The anticipation keeps you glued through the jittery ride, especially towards the second half of the film. Sadly, the suspense doesn’t stay for long as the tale turns out to be tad too predictable.

Bachchan&’s gestures and expressions are so real that they engross you in his pursuit for the gospel truth. He makes his madness believable and takes you into the flow.

While Nawazuddin gets completely into the skin of his character as the police officer-turned-priest, who is looking for redemption, Vidya acts well despite her scantily-etched role. However, there is nothing too striking about their performances.

The reason the plot loses its chord is in its foreseeable fable. Moreover, the lack of pace and thrill is another glitch in the script.

The story or the screenplay don’t set your pulse rates rising or heartbeats racing, but lethargically crawl towards the climax.  

Although quite predictable, what truly works for the movie is the fact that the climax follows a logic and reason instead of being too dramatic or not-so-believable.

If you’re looking for a chance to scratch your brain, TE3N might be the right choice for the weekend!