Some films look grand just with its cast list. Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan starrer Te3n is one such film that elevates your expectation even before witnessing what the story holds for you. Te3n is an official remake of the South Korean flick Montage and it has been presented by Ribhu Dasgupta in Hindi.
Falling into the thriller genre, Te3n takes time to grab all your attention. The time taken could have been reduced to make this an at least 80% engaging affair; unfortunately the percentage stands at 50 only.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as usual lives through his character as a retired cop turned priest very casually. His easiness in body language and rigidity in only required instances come across as another strong statement supporting his caliber as a performer. The extended cameo played by Vidya Balan could have been carried by any other actor as the scope for the character to demand a lot from a performer like Vidya is very less.
Amitabh Bachchan is definitely growing out of being reviewed. He seems to have attained the highest level of ‘gyan’ in terms of portraying any character given to him in a unique yet extremely relatable way.
The turn the plot takes at the interval block gives back hope to any viewer; appreciation to the storyteller for that decision. By placing all the major twists and turns of the plot which turn out to be an exciting part of the story in the second half, knowingly or unknowingly, makes the first half of the film very weak and slow. More focus and homework on screenplay could have warded off this obstacle.
Work behind the camera by Tushar Kanti Ray is functional, so is the BGM by Clinton Cerejo. The album lacks in triggering the emotional quotient. The overall packaging is aesthetic and does qualify to be called as a neatly made product.