9Game: Today I am going to tell you the story behind Teen Patti.
Teenpatti (also spelled Teenpathi and sometimes referred to as Flash) is a gambling card game that originated in India and became popular in Southeast Asia. Teenpatti is India’s twist on 3 card poker and is identical to 3-card brag which is popular in the UK.
You may know how to play this Indian Poker game but do you know that Teen Patti is a story of love, hate and betrayal? Do you know how the lives of three friends, Arya, Mohor and Mukul, get altered by these forces? Read this article and find out!
It rarely happens you come across a movie that is a culmination of all the archetypal filmi ingredients - Jai-Veeru type friendship, love triangle, a murder and several suspects, a tough-as-nails police inspector, one femme fatale, a girl singing in bars to support her sick mother and drunken father and, keeping pace with the latest fad, a psychological thriller-type ending. Teen Patti, a debut film of director-duo Rehena Parvin Jenny and Dipayan Mandal, provides all the above-mentioned masalas, but, unfortunately, forgets to provide the string to attach all these ingredients in a coherent story.
The film starts with the murder investigation of a businessman called Rupak Chakraborty. Young Crime Branch officer Siddhartha Roy ( Koushik Roy), in charge of the case, finds a diary in Rupak's house that tells a story of three friends - Arya (Indraneil), Mohor (Puja) and Mukul (Ritwick). In an ek-phool-do-mali-type situation, childhood friends Arya and Mukul fall for the same girl. The directors then very carefully construct a prolonged scene where Mukul teaches Arya how to propose Mohor and how they take part in a bike race to decide who'll get the girl. And by the time Arya bares his heart to Mohor and they get married, you are bored to tears. Then the plot meanders through varied and bizarre twists and turns and the end result can be compared to a dish of mixed vegetables without salt. Weak script and dialogues, some unnecessary characters and some disjointed editing make it more tedious.
Though the movie tells the story of love, hate, betrayal and the how the three friends' lives alter, the directors have failed to build the characters substantially. So you fail to empathize when Arya goes through heartbreak or Mukul loses the balance between right or wrong. As no one relates to them, Indraneil's acting doesn't leave any mark and Ritwick looks like he is trying too hard. Among the others, Puja is in her elements only when she is wearing a shiffon and lip-syncing to the songs and as Ushasie's character (business tycoon Gargi Sen) doesn't get any proper closure, it's instantly forgettable.