Tamasha Review


The backdrop on the upper part of the poster are paintings of historical romance based fictional duos as well as it has Ravana with his ten heads, a face that resembles Hanuman, and another one of Lord Shiva. A jinn, two lovers and a woman in Yogi attire also appear in the art. The digital image shows a man and a woman who are laughing and walking with intertwined arms on an art-wall street. Film title, the names of director, producer, film score composer and the release date appears at the bottom.

I can’t deny that for the first half hour of Tamasha, I wasn’t quite sure what I was watching. There is a lot of overacting in the first half hour and that’s precisely the point. I just wasn’t sure why the characters decided to do what they did– they will act, only tell lies and will never meet again. But soon, Imtiaz Ali does what he does best, give us an interesting facet of love. People say that Imtiaz tells the same story over and over again. There is no doubt that there are two elements in every Imtiaz Ali film, a search for one’s true self, and love. And love generally guides the former, love becomes the tool through which his main character finds himself. And this is true also for Tamasha. You get to see two separate stories in this film. First is the story of Tara, how she falls in love, how she waits and searches. Second is the story of Ved and his search for his true self. Tara is the igniter of this change, the one who confronts Ved about himself and his life.

Do not be disheartened to know that this film has these elements. Trust me when I say that Imtiaz has made this film in such a way that it is unique and touching. First, I was touched by Tara and how much she was affected by her encounter with Ved. I was touched by Ved’s struggle to understand who he really is. My, has Ranbir acted in this film. He hasn’t released many films recently and the ones that released didn’t do too well. Tamasha comes as a nice reminder to us of what a great actor Ranbir is. It is also important to mention that Deepika has not only matched Ranbir in his performance but even took the limelight in a few scenes (especially the scene where she tries to patch up with him at the cafe).

What I love and will always love about Imtiaz Ali’s films is that the love he portrays is always so pure and with goodwill. The characters in his films love in a spiritual way. Love is never a physical phenomenon for his characters. It’s a type of love that reaches their spirit and that stays with them regardless of the changes in their lives. Tara tells Ved that after she returned from Corsica, Ved stayed with her. She didn’t know who he was, where he was and she didn’t have hope that they would meet again but he stayed with her. Of course, this is a naive love that is common in films and rare in real life. But I like the notion, I’d like to think that this exists and we have to thank Imtiaz for renewing this hope with us with every film.

Something else I enjoyed in Tamasha is that even though things could have become over-dramatic very easily with this script, Imtiaz maintained a level of lightheartedness and even comedy throughout the film. I found myself laughing quite a lot in the second half with Ranbir’s antics which in fact was a very serious and difficult phase for the character.

Aside from the story and the acting, what was evident (and more so in the second half of the film) is the unbelievably good chemistry between the lead actors. The selection for the cast was excellent and even though I’d like to think beyond actors’ personal lives when it comes to their work, there is no doubt that the comfort level between the actors reflected in the performance of this film.

I was very touched by the very last scene, the final interaction between Tara and Ved when he’s still on the stage. How can so much be said with one scene and without dialogue? Ranbir portrayed a variety of emotions of gratitude, happiness and love in those few moments, it was excellent.

There is little need to speak about the music, some of which was made by A.R. Rahman. The album is great, my favorites being Chali Kahani, Matargashti and Wat Wat Wat.

There is no doubt that you’ve already seen Tamasha. If not, please see it. I can confidently say that this film has different flavor to it. I certainly did not feel that I was watching something repetitive. I’m not sure how the film did at the box office, I think that’s a whole separate issue. I personally enjoyed this film and recommend it.

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