Producers: Sujoy Ghosh, Gulab Singh Tanwar, Hyunwoo Thomas Kim, Suresh Nair, Sameer Rajendran, Gauri Sathe
Writer: Ribhu Dasgupta
What's New: Three of Bollywood's powerhouse of talent- Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan sharing screen space together in a film
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: It has been eight years since John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan) lost his granddaughter Angela in a tragic kidnapping incident. Now the man has just one motive in his life- 'to seek justice for her by tracking down the man who committed this heinous crime'. He religiously visits the police station everyday to meet Inspector Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan) to find out if they have chanced upon any clue about the culprit.
He also seeks help from ex cop-turned-priest Father Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who had been the investigating officer at the time of Angela's disappearance to solve the mystery. At first Martin is a bit reluctant to aid John as he believes that he has no connection with his past and he is now a servant of God. But his guilty conscience of being unable to save Angela continues to haunt him into having sleepless nights and finally he agrees to help John.
However each of their efforts go in vain until finally one fine day John stumbles upon a big clue which holds the key to this unsolved case. At the same time the kidnapper is back on prowl in the city. He carries the act of crime in the same manner like he did eight years ago. While John decides to do a Sherlock Homes alone, Martin and Sarita join hands to track down the culprit. Will this kid meet a similar fate like Angela?
Performances: Amitabh Bachchan as the grieving grandfather leaves you choked with emotions. Be it showing pain, helplessness or angst the 'Shahenshah' delivers a commendable and smooth act that stays with you for a long time.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as always is a complete delight to watch on screen. Despite of having an underwritten character he still manages to get some of the best lines in this film and the man makes sure that he leaves a invincible impression on your mind.
Vidya Balan's role too lacks depth but the lady makes up for it with her impeccable acting skills. ( However one question here please! Why is she credited as a guest appearance when she is there in the entire film?)
The rest of the cast lend a good support to the film.
Direction: When you have three of industry's best talent in a film, the expectation levels are bound to go soaring high. Sadly Ribhu Dasgupta fails to extract a gripping thriller as the lacklustre screenplay fails to do justice to Big B, Nawaz and Vidya. The first half of the film moves at a snail pace. The writer-director takes his own sweet time to build up the characters not realizing that the audience is being subjected to few yawns instead. Soon it picks up pace giving you some curious moments and then dips again until the climax twist arrives. These fluctuations make the viewing tiresome as the non-linear narrative might not be appealing to many. Thus Ribhu falls short of giving a thriller where time escapes you! However the film has some shining moments- Big B bargaining over the price of 'ilish' and 'chingri' in the fish market, Nawaz- Vidya's first meet in the church.
Clinton Cerejo's music gels well with the story and the songs too flow around with smooth transition. Tushar Kanti Ray does a good job in the cinematography department, be it while capturing the hustle-bustle and daily life of Kolkata or the age old architecture. However it lacks that soul of the city which Sujoy Ghosh's 'Kahaani' had. Gairik Sarkar's sharper editing scissors could have made 'TE3N' a riveting and taut watch.
Combo-on-offer: Emotions+ Suspense
Verdict: We give 'TE3N' 'CLAPS' for Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan's performances which breath life in this film.