Nana Patekar, Tabu, Shilpa Shetty, Aditya Panscholi, Ashutosh Rana/Dolby Digital 5.1/English Subtitles.
The good things first. Tarkieb is a murder mystery from Pranlal Mehta, whose banner has given such thrillers as Police Public and 100 Days in the past. It is also the first directorial venture in a long time of Esmayeel Shroff who, besides wielding the megaphone for Police Public, also made hits like Jhootha Sach in the distant past... . ... And of course, the film boasts of a talented cast that includes Nana Patekar, Tabu and Ashutosh Rana. Now onto the not-so-good things about Tarkieb. Despite what appears a fairly original script, the film never rises above the level of mediocrity. If anything, veteran director Shroff fails to add that impetus to his narrative that was so much an important aspect of his earlier thriller Police Public. From start to finish the screenplay raises viewer anticipation with trifle occurrences, only to disappoint in the very next moment. The story opens with a bunch of washermen stumbling across a severed limb at the pondside in a small town. The local police send in the divers who discover a female dead body minus its head. When the policemen fail to reach anywhere with the case, the local MLA seeks CBI help. The case is handed over to an assistant director of the agency, Jasraj Patel (Nana Patekar). Jasrajs probe will soon lead him to infer that the murdered girl is Roshni (Tabu), who was a nurse at the local army hospital. As the investigator and his assistant (Tiku Talsania) go deeper into the case, they will discover there are more than one suspect, each with a specific motive to murder the girl. Captain Ajit Verma (Milind Soman), a doctor in the same hospital, for instance was Roshnis lover. Shortly before her death, Roshni had asked Ajit to forget her and marry one of sisters, for the sake of her familys happiness. To create hatred in Ajits mind towards herself, Roshni would flirt with other men in the unit, and the obsessive lover Ajit had openly threatened to kill her. Then there is Kamal Dogra (Ashutosh Rana), the court-martialed army doctor who was stripped of his badges and honour because his carelessness led to a patients death. Roshni, an eye-witness in the case, had testified against Dogra. Roshnis best friend and colleague Preeti (Shilpa Shetty) has reasons enough to loathe the victim because her lover, the womanizer Dogra, had shown overt interest in Roshni. During the course of his probe, Jasraj will find out that Roshni also knew a widower called Mohan Multani (Aditya Pancholi), a rich businessman wholl go to any ruthless extent if he doesnt get what he wants. Roshni had spurned his love In Jasrajs gamut of suspicion also fall a blind shopkeeper Nainsukh and a contractor at the Army store (Akhilendra Mishra).