Movie Review : TE3N (2016)

The best part of “Who-Done-It” thrillers are the excitement, curiosity and anxiety that will help you keep engaged and the twist in the end will surprise as well satisfy you. Does “Te3N” lives upto the excitement generated by “Kahaani”. Let us check it out..

“Te3N” tells the story of a child who goes missing one day which involvs an old man (Amitabh Bachchan), a priest (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a police office (Vidya Balan).

Directed by new comer Ribhu Dasgupta, “Te3N” is certainly a gripping murder mystery that will keep you glued to the screen but do not expect another “Kahaani” here. Infact, the makers of “Kahaani” have used the same settings using Kolkata’s rich heritage and culture in “Te3N” but it is certainly far stretched out. “Te3N” does succeeds to build the thrills but it had its s of flaws as well. The first few scenes shows Amitabh Bachchan trying his best to find the solution to his grand child’s kidnapping and murder. However, the main story begins when the same case leads to another kidnapping and the twist before the interval is pretty impressive. Second half loses the steam and confuses the audience. Few scenes do leads to the clue and are equally impressive – the pen given to Amitabh Bachchan at the Imambara, the symbol used in the property papers and verifying the voices using the voice scanner at the lab. Art direction and Cinematography is splendid capturing the beautiful city of Kolkata. Background scores helps to create tension. Screenplay is average. Story (based on the story written in Korean film “Montage”) Editing is bad and few scenes should definitely be trimmed to make the more crispy and smart.


Performance wise, Amitabh Bachchan sparkles as an aging old man seeking justice to his grand child’s murder. The legendary actor is simply powerful in the entire film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is equally competant while Vidya Balan lends a good support. “TE3N” is definitely a good mystery-thriller but do not expect a surprising twist like “Kahaani”. Good 3/5

  • Ketan Gupta

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