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Film Review: Teen Patti (2010) by Leena Yadav

Starring legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley, and directed by Leena Yadav (whose movies have premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival), Teen Patti is about a mathematics experiment that ends in chaos, death and repentance.

The movie is about an Indian mathematician, Venkat Subramaniam (Amitabh Bachchan), who is invited to the University of Cambridge by Perci Trachtenberg (Ben Kingsley), whereupon he recounts his life as a Mathematics Professor in an unnamed Indian college, his theory of probability and his success playing card games. Venkat tests his equation to crack Teen Patti (an Indian card game derived from poker) at the addas (underground gaming dens) of wild Bombay, with the help of a few students and a colleague. But what started out as a naive experiment becomes a game of blackmail and greed that is both uncontrollable and inescapable.

The movie’s inspiration comes from the same place

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