After a disastrous outing with Shabd half a decade ago, Leena Yadav returns with a dream-cast. It can’t get bigger or better than Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley sharing screen-space, can it? Leena with help from producer Ambika Hinduja, has also managed to rope in several other talented actors – Madhavan, Raima Sen and several other in short cameos like Shakthi Kapoor and Ajay Devgan to name a few. All could mean nothing if the script and its execution go wrong, does Leena get it right with Teen Patti? Read on.
What works for Teen Patti
- The movie is loosely inspired from Hollywood film ’21’, but Leena has to an extent successfully managed to transform the idea to suit the Indian audience.
- After directing a pretty clueless film, the director has been improved considerably as a story teller. Her style of narration though remains complicated, something that wouldn’t appeal to one and all.
- The interactions between Sir Ben and Amitabh Bachchan are a treat to watch and its the later’s performance, the way he effortlessly gets into his character, rising above the script in several sequences that make Teen Patti a decent one time watch.
- Madhavan, again playing a much-younge-than-his-age role, gets it right, although shedding a bit of weight and adding a bit of exuberance to his character would have only made his performance look better.
- Amongst the many cameos in the film, Shakti Kapoor’s role stands out. His daughter – Sharaddha on debut – does reasonably well too.
- Teen Patti is high on style and the visuals are fantastic. The music is good, especially the Neeyat Kharab Hai song, which was stylishly picturized.
What doesn’t work for Teen Patti
- The film sadly isn’t for everyone. It lacks entertainment value and it certainly isn’t a film that you would want to watch with your family.
- The pace is slow, so slow at times that quite a few were seen walking out of theaters in the first half itself. Part of the blame should go to the repeated dialogues and a couple of unnecessary scenes.
- Wonder what Ajay Devgan and Jackie Shroff were doing in the film, insignificant cameos.
- The narrative is always in flashback mode and the director switches back and forth which could confuse the viewers.
Overall, catch Teen Patti this weekend if your keen on watching Sir Ben Kingsley and our very own Bachchan on the big screen, otherwise you’d be better off waiting for the DVD or television premier.