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Twisted suspense of the fallen - TE3N
"What's important to know is that a man will go to extreme lengths to find peace." - An excerpt from "The Mentalist". According to IMDb - 'Te3n' is about "…a grandfather, a police officer and a priest join hands to investigate and find a missing child". Thus, through the three characters a whodunit-suspense drama is etched around a kidnap which is taking place again after 8 years. Though, surprisingly it is not the characters running the plot this time, but the plot itself running everyone.

Leading around a heartbroken grandfather (Amitabh Bachchan) to a girl, who was kidnapped almost a decade ago and later found dead, he never lost the will to continue his battle for justice. His unwell wife told him to quit pursuing the unfruitful pursuit, which was initially backed by the inspector (Vidya Balan) and a former-detective turned priest (Nawazuddin Siddique).

However, the grandfather in his course surprisingly pulled strings from the most nascent looking clues. Along the same time, occurred another similar crime with a child and a grandfather. Therefore, the 'three' principal characters come together, although, leading their own individual investigations which later converge to determine the real nature of the crime.

However, the best portions of the film come near about its climax, where an engulfing sense of loss in the feeble looking prolonged-victory helped the man claim some solace near the fag end of his life. Since, a mystery is based on many theories, which take their own pace to develop. 

In this film, while going through simultaneous probes, a great deal of conundrum is created and is rather interesting at first; however, the "steady-yet-not-too-engrossing" pace turns out a little disappointing even with good performances. Nevertheless, the film is colloquially rich and gives a very native picture despite being an official adaption of a South Korean film.

Amongst the biggest pluses is Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, of course, in the role of a once happy man, whose spirit had been truly diminished, resembling that of a fallen warrior. Despite considerable screen-time and influence, Siddique and Balan with their genuine emotiveness aren't quite interesting and neither are the other seasoned cast, including Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The other positives – its editing (lesser known Gairik Sarkar, "X: Past is Present") and sound-design (Shajith Koyeri, "Haider"), giving the film distinctive alternating time-line touch, elaborating the underlying suspense.

It's one of the rare cases where the Background Score is much better than its Music (both by Clinton Cerejo), citing the Hindi film-style production, with the exception of the climax song - "Haq Hai".

With Sujoy Ghosh being a producer, one could easily feel that "Te3n" has a reminiscent touch of the phenomenal "Kahaani" (may even feel like its spin-off). However, prospective viewers should do so for its thorough content-driven plot, which is not very common in the majority of releases these days.

Rating: 6.75/10

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