Review: Te3n

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Te3n (means three in Hindi) is an Indian Hindi-language mystery-thriller film written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. A remake of the 2013 South Korean film Montage, the film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Vidya Balan in lead roles.
The film was released on 10 June 2016. Film was declared ‘FLOP’ at the box office. Despite not making money at the box office in India, it released internationally where I saw it at my locak cinema. Amitabh Bachchan plays John Biswas, who is a 70-year-old grandfather who visits the police station on a daily basis.
We never understand why this is part of his routine till he listens to cassette recordings and looks melancholy at photos of a child. He is desperate to find the perpetrator who kidnapped and killed his granddaughter, Angela.

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Angela died 8 years ago, however Biswas has not forgotten and works together police inspector Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan) to find clues on the case. Despite being ridiculed and alienated by his extended family he keeps relentlessly looking for answers.
John’s wife Nancy (Padmavathi Rao) bound to a wheel chair and heavily dependent on Biswas. Biswas keeps regular also regularly contact with Father Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who was once the police inspector in charge of his granddaughter’s case. Father Das tries his best in solving the case but the guilt of failing compelled him to quit his job and become a priest.
Eight years after that horrible occurrence, another kidnapping happens, this time to a young boy named Rony and everything is similar to the kidnapping of Angela. Inspector Sarita asks Father Das for help in the case as he knew Angela’s case inside out. Martin supports both Biswas and the inspector.

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This film starts very slow but as all good Asian films dictate there will be a rush of action and before you know it everything has been solved. Not knowing about the original film this was adapted from I am very impressed at how this film was executed. With very few cast, it was a very claustrophobic as Biswas dots from place to place and revisits places for more clues or talk to different people. He is also very independent, he would much rather do everything by himself, hop on his scooter. But even the scooter is sold all for the bigger picture of finding his granddaughter’s killer.
The relationship between him and the father Das starts off as quite argumentative and more like Biswas is nagging Father Das to do his job. Once Father Das acknowledges he has run away from the problem his guilt lesson’s and he becomes useful in the new investigation. Then he becomes more of a sidekick to Biswas. It seems extraordinary how Biswas manages to make so many people play to his tune.
The film heavily relies on detail; focus on all the little clues to figure out what really is going on. Who the mastermind is: the kidnapper or Biswas? Not you’re usual Bollywood movie, barely any songs, just good ole fashioned acting and plot.

7/10

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