Movie Review – Te3n
Te3n directed by Ribhu Dasgupta is an official remake of South Korean movie Montage. Set against the backdrop of Kolkata, Te3n is a gripping thriller tale incorporating two parallel incidents deriving an impactful hard-hitting tale interlinked with vengeance and emotions where events unfold over an eight-year period. The crux of the movie is actually the twist and turn between the major three characters, the granddad, cop and priest interwoven for reasons of their own to solve an eight-year-old kidnapping.
The primary cast gifts the film some superlative performances. Te3n is Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s as John Biswas one of his career best performance. Undoubtedly, his soul-stirring performance. He with very ease got into’s character with poised honesty, restlessness, and vengeance. His elements of characterization can be well understood by his performance. Another standout performance was delivered by Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Father Martin Das. He manages to make a convincing impression with a sweep switchover from priest to cop His virtuosity and an inner strength to build his character’s trait is commendable. Whereas, Vidya Balan as Inspector Sarita Sarkar was remarkable because of the intensity and warmth she had portrayed for the character.
The director has put in a lot of efforts to bring an elemental characterization. His vision of a perfect whodunit was coherent but the execution of ebb and flow storyline was brilliant. Tushar Kanti Ray’s breathtaking cinematography captures the picturesque moody Kolkata giving an insight of old age city and each frame features an endless amount of details. The music by Clinton Cerejo beautifully blends well with the storyline. The screenplay of the film falls in the pace of narration in the first part. Later, the second half gained its momentum. It also needs to be crisp at parts. Yet, the film engages the audience right till the end with its puzzle plot. The costumes, evocative setting, art direction, distinctive lighting and editing department have done its bit to enhance the film.
Ribhu Dasgupta’s Te3n can be said as one of the perfect whodunits. However, a little more attention to the pace of the plot could have lifted this film to a higher realism. Yet it has momentousness amidst a subtle cinematic melodrama of innocence, avengements, and persistence. It’s worth a watch for its beautiful craft worthy camera work in unveiling the moody Kolkata and profound characterization.