Sunday, March 14, 2010

Teen Patti

Medium : Hindi
Starring : Amitabh Bachan, Ben Kingsly, Madhavan, Raima Sen
Director : Leena Yadav

Music : Salim Sulaiman

Recently we have seen, hollywood actor Sylvestor Stalline doing a guest role in hindi film 'Ka
mbakth Ishq', by Akshay Kumar. Now it is time for another foreign actor Ben Kingsly, the man who did the title role in the film 'Gandhi', to do a suporting character with Amitabh Bachan in the new bollywood film 'Teen Patti' (pronounced as 'Theen Patthi'). The film is directed by new comer lady, Leena Yadav.

The film tells the story of Venkat (Amitabh Bachan), a mathematical genius, who is visiting abroad to meet an international mathematician (Ben Kingsly). The former tells his story in
which he is shown working as tutor in an institution. He is doing research work in his subject and when he submits the thesis work it is being rejected every time. He is not fed up and still work hard and developed a new theory based on probability and statistics. He tells this fact to his junior (Madhavan). He is selecting four students from the college, as per instruction from Venkat. The theory on the game of cards has been tested and the result was found positive. They decided to try this in a gambling event. Without revealing the identity, they all played and when found succeeded, they move on to bigger places where betting are are done on big amount of money. In the middle, they had to face some hard challenges also. Venkat was not interested in continuing the game, he also reminds his companions that these games are done as a part of research works only. But he agreed to continue the gambling as others requested him. In the middle, an unknown guy who is aware of this, tried to blackmail Venkat for money. At one stage, a split between the friends for the sake of money, also happens. The college authorities became vigilant and the future of Venkat, as an aftereffects of this is shown in the climax of 'Teen Patti'.

The foreign mathematician Ben Kingsly speaking hindi should have been avoided. Even though each and every member in the group, excluding the profe
ssor, tells that they are in badly need of money, the director had no included any scenes to justify their wish. We can't justify the professor supporting the gambling for money, as he is not The gambling environment is changing, but those areas are not neatly executed. Some of the songs are placed in unwanted situations. The way in which the young guys reacting in the group in the later portions felt a cliche.

Cinematography by Aseem Bajaj is good. Amitabh Bachan has done well in the lead role. His sharing of screen presence with Ben Kingsly is also
notable. The man who did Mahatma's role didn't have much to perform here. After the hit film 'Three Idiots', once again Madhavan comes in his usual style here. The direction side is ok, but a good professionalism on the scripting area might have given an extra ordinary result for the movie.

'Teen Patti' has got an unusual theme, the problems in the execution side is the main negative happened here.

Rating : 5.5 / 10

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