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08 September, 2008


Director: Santosh Sivan 
Cast: Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose 
Rating: *** 

Director Santosh Sivan seeks inspiration from two of his best cinematic attempts Halo and The Terrorist and blends their spirit to conceive Tahaan, an innocent fairytale account in a factual setting. 

As the film proclaims, it has fictitious characters involved in non-fictitious incidents. 

Tahaan (Purav Bhandare) is an eight-year-old lad who lives in the peaceful paddocks of Kashmir with his mother (Sarika) and sister Zoya (Sana Shaikh). His father has been missing since three years and Tahaan's only close friend is a donkey named Birbal. 

The family has to trade off Birbal to the local moneylender against repayment of a pending loan. The moneylender in turn sells Birbal to a merchant Subhan Darr (Anupam Kher) who wants to gift the donkey to his nephew. Tahaan follows Darr to his town with hopes of getting Birbal back. But things aren't as easy as they seem to be. 

Amidst all this, Tahaan is embroiled in a terrorist conspiracy alongside the false pretext of getting his donkey back. How does the terror campaign influence Tahaan and does he succeed in getting Birbal back forms the premise of the story.  

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