Teen Patti is an emotionally riveting and razor sharp thriller about greed, deception, the power of imagination and the theory of probability.
Perci Trachtenberg (Ben Kingsley), presently the world’s greatest living mathematician, meets Venkat Subramaniam (Amitabh Bachchan), a reclusive math genius from India, at a Casino in London. Venkat has cracked a theory that could redefine the principles of probability and randomness. Though his theory turns mathematical principles upside down, he somehow feels guilty with his own discovery.
Venkat is encouraged to test his theory in the real world by professor Shantanu (Madhavan) to make money in the game of poker. Students Bikram (Dhruv Ganesh), Aparna (Shraddha Kapoor), Sid (Siddharth Kher), Abbas (Vaibhav Talwar) lead by Shantanu go on a rampage making money in gambling dens.
Venkat’s theory and Shantanu & Co experimental practice of it in gambling descends into a game neither of them can control. It is now a tussle between the academic Dons and the underworld dons. A tragedy occurs, which necessitates an investigation that threatens to destroy the careers of both Shantanu and Venkat.
Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley are at their brilliant best. R Madhavan, surprisingly stands tall in the company of Big B. Siddharth Kher endears himself. Shraddha Kapoor is cute. Dhruv Ganesh and Vaibhav Talwar come out with good performances. All others are more than adequate.
Shivkumar Subramaniam and Leena Yadav have come out with a refreshingly innovative theme and their narration makes you more attentive and keeps you on the edge of the seat.
Aseem Bajaj ‘s cinematography is exceptional. Editing by Hughes Winborne is crisp and crafty. Music by Salim Merchant enhances the tone and tenor of the narration. Sound design is good. Production values are high.
Teen Patti is a profound story narrated interestingly with memorable performances by Amitabh Bachchan, R Madhavan and Ben Kingsley. The film is eminently worthy of being watched.
The Cast and Crew
Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Madhavan, Dhruv Ganesh, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Kher, Vaibhav Talwar, Saira Mohan,Raima Sen
Ajay Devgan, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Shakti Kapoor, Tinnu Anand
Ganesh Yadav, Mita Vasisht, Pankaj Jha, Rubina A. Khan, Shivkumar Subramaniam
Produced by Ambika Hinduja
Original Music by Salim Merchant
Directed by Leena Yadav
story, screenplay & dialogue: Shivkumar Subramaniam and
english dialogue : Ben Rekhi
Cinematography by :Aseem Bajaj
Film Editing by :Hughes Winborne
Production Design by :Ayesha Punvani
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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