There are three people on the trail of a killer-kidnapper
who’d struck in a similar fashion and got away it, eight years ago. Victim’s
granddad John Biswas, cop-turned-priest Martin Das and policewoman Sarita Sarkar
follow up on different theories. Is that why the film is called Te3n? No clue and that pretty much sums
up the entirely clueless storytelling.
Little Ronnie has gone missing and his granddad
Manohar is sick with worry. At the cop station, Sarita
finds Ronnie’s kidnap similar to a cold case they’d stopped pursuing eight
years ago. Martin is intrigued enough to step out of his church and return to
the investigation just once more. Old John on his part never did waver from his
determination to find out who kidnapped and killed his granddaughter Angela
eight years ago.
Why the kidnapper has hit again after so long or who
he is, comes out as slowly as the scooter John rides all over the place. That’s
where Te3n gets punctured
straightaway. It’s not the plot per se that’s taken from the Korean film Montage that’s at fault but the unexciting
pace adopted by director Ribhu Dasgupta that kills the film. A thriller has to
be energetic and briskly-narrated. But Te3n
is so sluggish that you can’t believe Sujoy Ghosh who made such a fine Kahaani, is the producer of this film.
Amitabh Bachchan has the lengthiest role but there’s
nothing in it that challenges his talent. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan
too, don’t have any scenes that require the kind of work they’re both capable
of turning in. Therefore, there are no standout performances despite the
presence of three hugely acclaimed actors. Even Kolkata where the film is set,
is shown with routine shots of Ma Durga and a smattering of Bengali.
For a thriller that’s narrated unenthusiastically, Te3n gets a 2* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author