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‘Card' not worth picking up

Film: Teen Patti

Director: Leena Yadav

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Madhavan, Shraddha Kapoor

It is yet another instance of wasting superlative talent and millions of bucks on a shallow script. Leena Yadav seems even more confused than she was in “Shabd”. Here, her muddled characters suffer from verbal diarrhoea and the screenplay is incoherent. So much so that she manages to make Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley look mediocre. A tough ask!

A thriller demands mystery, but here we get a series of half-baked characters and unexplained situations. Amitabh Bachchan plays a mathematics professor whose superiors feel his work has no practical application.

His latest is the thesis on the theory of probability which can take out the randomness out of the card game, “Teen Patti”. In short, he can predict the winner. Leena wastes ample stock on the thesis, but couldn't conjure up any explanation as how it works. The professor is lured into testing the thesis in real life by a fellow professor (Madhavan). Together with a bunch of students, they start visiting the underground gambling dens.

Here only the characters keep crowding the scene (the likes of Ajay Devgn, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Tinu Anand and Shakti Kapoor show up at random).

The only plus is Aseem Bajaj's cinematography. Shraddha Kapoor stands out. Don't show up!

A.K.

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