Director Bijoy Nambiar made a bang with SHAITAN . The way he helmed the film with perfection made it difficult for many to believe that it was his first film. His later Bollywood films like DAVID  And WAZIR  The expectations did not meet, but not all expectations were broken. And now he has returned with TAISH and from the trailer, it looks like a taut action thriller. So does TAISH manage and entertain the audience? Or does it fail to impress? Let us analyze.
TAISH is the story of two families who destroy each other. Rohan Kalra (Jim Sarbh) is an Indian-origin UK resident who works as a GP in a hospital. He is living with Arfa Saeed Khan (Kriti Kharbanda), who is of Pakistani origin. Rohan takes leave from work to live in the countryside with his family and attends the wedding of his brother Krish (Ankur Rathe) with Mahi (Zoa Morani). Rohan wants Arifa to join him but he is apprehensive about how his father (Ikhlak Khan) will react to learn that he is dating a Muslim girl. Arfa understands and comes back. Rohan returns home and his mother (Monisha Hasin) tries to establish him with Simmi (Melissa Raju Thomas). Rohan’s best friend Sunny Lalwani (Pulkit Samrat) also attends the ceremony. He convinces Arfa to get married and also tells Rohan’s parents the truth about their relationship. All is going well until one day the whole gang goes to the pub to celebrate. Here, Rohan sees Kuljinder Brar alias Kulli (Abhimanyu Singh). He becomes fearless and has to be taken home. Sunny is shocked at the turn of events. From which Rohan learns that when he was 10 years old, Coolie had soaked Rohan. Sunny is angry. He goes back to the pub where the porter still exists. He takes her to the washroom. Porter’s life is saved but he loses his voice and ability to walk. Kuli’s brother is the notorious gangster Pali Brar (Harshvardhan Rane). Pali crosses with Kuli as the latter is married to Jahan (Sanjay Sheikh), the love of his life. But when he learns about Kulli’s situation, he goes out to find out who did it. When she realizes that it is Sunny, Pali decides to take revenge. On the wedding day, he kills Krish. What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Bejoy Nambiar is decent. On paper, it must have seemed like a great thriller. But the script by Anjali Nair, Karthik R Iyer, Bijoy Nambiar and Nicola Lewis Taylor does not do it completely justice. Some scenes are very well written and thought out, but then there are also scenes that are very average and just add to the length of the script. The dialogues by Ganjit Chopra and Bijoy Nambiar are not very good, but some one liners in the first half are quite fun. However, the use of Punjabi for scenes with Pali and surrounding characters may force viewers to activate subtitles.
Bijoy Nambiar’s direction could have been better. There is no doubt that technically he is much better and he uses his knowledge and expertise to enhance the effect in many scenes. The use of red lights is particularly spectacular and makes for visual healing. Some scenes turned out to be extraordinary as well. However, he fails to cover flaws in the screenplay. The way Pali and his family operate is also very unconnected, in Britain. They have no fear of the law and moreover, even when Pali is imprisoned, they have access to cell phones, even jail officials on their payroll! In fact, the film would have been more realistic if it had been set in Uttar Pradesh rather than the United Kingdom! Secondly, the first half is still okay, but the film airs into the second hour. Why did Rohan breakup with Arfa? Could he not live with Arfa and mourn together? The second problem is about Pali and Jahan’s love story. The track deserved a backstory without which it sounded superficial.
TAISH has a thrilling beginning that determines the mood and conflict between Pali and Kulli. The focus also shifts to the Kalra family and how they prepare for the marriage of Krish and Mahi. A few scenes stand out here as Rohan is trying to dodge the topic of marriage to his mother and Rohan confesses that he wants to marry Arfa. The scene where Rohan talks to his parents about Arfa (the mirror shot is done very sensibly here) and the scene where he betrays his father for being rude to Arfa, for the first hour. There are two of the best scenes. The film goes to another level when Sunny severely injures Kulli. The sad sequence of Krishna’s death also adds to the effect. But the film collapses from here. The way the narrative moves forward two years and the way Rohan changes a lot is very difficult to digest. Even scenes of problems arising in the Brar gang come out of the blue. Some scenes attract attention again such as Sunny attempting to eliminate Pali in prison and a pre-climax scene in a nightclub. But these scenes are few and far between. Finale lacks punch. Also, at 2.22 hours, the film is very long.
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TAISH, however, is embellished with some of the best performances from the actors, who try their best to rise above the script. Jim Serb has arguably the most screen time and does a great job. He has often played twisted characters and here he has to play the role of a sensible chap for a change. And he manages to do justice. Harshvardhan Rane looks dashing and gives a first-class performance. He is afraid and proves beneficial to his character. Pulkit Samrat is the surprise of the film. Here, he plays the role of an impulsive, stubborn man and plunges completely into the skin of his character. He is particularly great in the washroom action scene. Kriti Kharbanda looks stunning and gives an impressive performance. Sanjeeda Sheikh is strictly fine and her character is not well placed. Zoa Morani has a good screen presence. Ankur Rathe is cultured. Abhimanyu Singh is as reliable as ever. Melissa Raju Thomas left a huge mark. Saurabh gives a performance for Sachdeva (Sukhi) to watch out for. Viraf Patel (Shoji) is fine but how his character is not known as Kalra. Other artists who are cultured are Ikhlaq Khan, Monisha Hasen, Armaan Khera (Jassi Brar), Saloni Batra (Sanobar Brar), Kunike Sadanand (BG), Mahavir Bhullar (Gyan Ji), Ekanshu Kumar Sharma (Sattu) and Shivanshu Pandey . Ismail).
The music is a disappointment. ‘Shehnai Bajne Do’, ‘Wake up’ And ‘Sawan Mod Mohra’ Get registered a little bit. Like the rest of the songs ‘Cole Cole’, ‘Roshni Si’, ‘Ray Bawri’, ‘All i am is the light’ And ‘Mila na tu’ Are forgettable. Gaurav Godkhindi and Govind Vasant have a slightly better background score. Harshvir Oberoi’s cinematography is appropriate. The shocking camerawork is interesting. Ian Van Temperley’s action works because it’s not too much. The costumes of Gopika Gulwadi are especially visible in the marriage order. The production design of Mandar D Nagaonkar is rich. Priyank Prem Kumar’s editing could have been crispy. The film should have been of 15–20 minutes.
Overall, TAISH rests on an interesting story and embellishes some of the best performances. But longer length and weaker second half reduces the effect to a great extent.