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Te3n  : The Pace Kills The Plot
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Friday, June 10, 2016
Thriller
Ribhu Dasgupta
Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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. 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author

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