Ready for a razor sharp teaser? Watch Teen Patti. The film is a taut thriller that’s not only done with loads of style and attitude, it also showcases a fine ensemble cast of youngsters who represent the edginess of today’s youth.
And if that’s not enough, there’s further enticement in the character and currently in-form status of Amitabh Bachchan, who is hell bent on a second, third and fourth coming. After the mesmerising Auro in Paa, Amitabh’s eccentric mathematical wizard who talks to Albert Einstein, when he’s alone, is immensely watchable in Teen Patti.
Of course, there are his musings with Ben Kingsley too. But one would have wished the film makers had made more substantial use of the tumultuous talent of Mr Kingsley than reducing him to a mere listener.
Needless to say, most of Teen Patti unfolds in down market gambling dens as the odd assortment of newbie gamblers — four students, and a professor, along with Mr Bachchan — test the theory of probability through the game of cards. But didn’t grandmum tell us gambling is addictive. So, before you know, probability is set aside and greed sets in. Along with a bit of blackmail.
For even if the professor wants to opt out of this game that’s getting dangerous with each passing day, he really can’t. Someone’s threatening to harm the babalog, if the booty stops coming in the dirty plastic bag that’s to be regularly discarded in the bin. But more than all the external threat, it’s the insidious changes that are occurring within the group that are a greater cause of alarm. While a young couple aspires to become the next Bonnie and Clyde, greed’s corroding some others. Will the days of innocence return? Is crime reversible?
Now these are just a few tantalising queries Teen Patti chooses to address. The second half does get somewhat repetitive, with the film refusing to move out of the gambling dens and the climax gets somewhat hurried. But majorly, the film holds as a taut thriller that keeps you glued for most of the screen time. Watch out for Sunidhi Chauhan’s item number, Teri Neeyat Kharab Hai. It rocks.