Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (transl. Search) is a 2012 Indian psychological crime thriller film co-written and directed by Reema Kagti. It is produced by Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions. The movie stars Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vivan Bhatena, Rajkummar Rao, Shernaz Patel and Sheeba Chaddha in supporting roles. The film score and soundtrack of the film were composed by Ram Sampath, with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar. Principal photography of the film took place during March–November 2011, primarily in Mumbai, Pondicherry and London. The movie received a UA certificate from the Censor Board of India. The film released on 30 November 2012. Talaash had worldwide earnings of over ₹174 crore (US$24 million), becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2012.
Late at night on a deserted road, well-known actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) loses control of his car, apparently trying to avoid something, and drives into the sea. Senior Police Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) with his assistant Devrath Kulkarni (Rajkummar Rao) begins an investigation. Surjan’s personal life has been in turmoil ever since his 8-year-old son, Karan, recently drowned during a family outing. His wife, Roshni (Rani Mukerji) is still grieving and Surjan has developed a guilt complex.
Surjan learns that on the night of Armaan’s accident, Armaan was travelling with ₹2 million in cash, which is missing. Armaan had given the money to a blackmailer, a pimp named Shashi (Subrat Dutta). Three years back, Shashi had performed a cover-up for Armaan and his friend Sanjay (Suhaas Ahuja). Once he learns of Armaan’s death, Shashi takes off with the cash. Shashi’s friend, Tehmur (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), begins blackmailing Sanjay. Sanjay gets Shashi murdered.
Roshni seeks solace from a medium neighbour, Frenny (Shernaz Patel), who is in touch with Karan’s soul. One night, Surjan is propositioned by an escort, Rosie (Kareena Kapoor). He declines but asks if she can become an informer. The police find Shashi’s body, along with the blackmail money and a DVD. The DVD contains embarrassing CCTV footage of Armaan and his friends leaving a hotel with a girl. Rosie confides in Surjan that three years ago, she was picked up by Armaan and his friends, Sanjay and Nikhil, but reveals nothing more. Surjan discovers that Nikhil has been brain-dead after the incident three years ago.
Sanjay gets Tehmur killed next. The police learn he is behind Shashi and Tehmur’s murders and Surjan arrests Sanjay. Sanjay confesses that three years ago, he, Armaan, and Nikhil had picked up an escort to celebrate Nikhil’s birthday. Nikhil began making out with the girl in the backseat. The car door opened by accident, throwing both Nikhil and the girl from the moving car to the road. Armaan and Sanjay rushed Nikhil to the hospital but fearing scandal, left the girl on the road. Sanjay had called Shashi to take care of her. Shashi informed them that the girl had died and that he had footage of the three leaving with her. Since then, Shashi had continued to blackmail them for money. Surjan re-watches the footage and realizes that the girl is Rosie.
As he drives Sanjay to the police station, they approach the same road where Armaan had his car accident. Both men see Rosie standing ahead. In a re-enactment of Armaan’s accident, they swerve the car to avoid a collision with her and it falls into the sea. With Sanjay already dead, Surjan struggles to get out of the car. Rosie saves him. Surjan’s superior advises him against reporting the incredible story and Surjan writes in the official report that Armaan’s death was an accident. He returns to the riverside place where he used to meet Rosie and uncovers her remains where Shashi had hidden her body. Remembering that he had been told that “the dead come to those who are troubled,” he gives her a proper funeral.
Now more accepting of the supernatural, Surjan finds a letter from Karan, penned by the medium. Through the letter, Karan tells Surjan not to blame himself for his death and that he wants both his parents to be happy. Surjan cries and reconciles with his wife. In a post-credits scene, two workers are seen putting a caution signboard on the same accident spot.
Aamir Khan as Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Suri)
Kareena Kapoor as Rosie/Simran
Rani Mukherjee as Roshni Shekhawat
Jineet Rath as Karan Shekhawat, Surjan’s son (dead)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Tehmur
Suhaas Ahuja as Sanjay Kejriwal (credited as Suhas Ahuja)
Rajkummar Rao as Devrath Kulkarni
Shernaz Patel as Frenny
Vandita Shrivastava as News Correspondent
Sheeba Chaddha as Nirmala
Vivan Bhatena as Armaan Kapoor
Pariva Pranati as Soniya Armaan Kapoor
Aditi Vasudev as Mallika
Vikas Shrivastav as Babu Tipnis
Subrat Dutta as Shashi
Gulfam Khan as Madam X
Vivek Madan as ASP