In today’s world majority of us don’t know what exactly we want from life, what is our interest and passion and what makes us happy. This is a very serious aspect which is addressed and showcased in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha. Constant struggle to be what you always want to be, to accept your dark desires and try and achieve them and to leave behind something which is well established is what Tamasha showcases.
When I went to watch the movie Shandaar, in first 7-10 minutes I knew that we have a dud in offering. Almost the same thing I felt when Ramlila begins. Tamasha also starts in such a manner and you can see the entire cinema hall becoming restless. But somehow I had faith; a faith on one man called Imtiaz Ali. One reason why lot of people didn’t like Rockstar was manner in which Imtiaz Ali used the narration and shift between flashback and present. Tamasha takes you even further, it has layers of flashback and it has layers of present. It takes some doing initially to understand director’s manner of storytelling. Trust me this will be one of the reasons too why some will not like this movie as it’s complicated and complex.
Ranbir Kapoor is Ved who meets Tara on an international holiday trip at Corsica. Both decide not to disclose their identities and continue to have fun together. In these scenes you will find lot of similarity coming from YJHD and Jab we met. The way they talk to each other, the way they entice and tempt each other resembles from earlier movies. The cinematography is simply mind blowing in this section of the movie and so are the songs.
After coming back from the trip both move on in life without meeting each other. But even after 4 years Tara is unable to forget Ved and hence she decides to hunt for him. She finds him eventually and both are ecstatic and start spending time together. But much to Tara’s dismay, the Ved she meets here in city is entirely different person from the one she fell in love with. He is a typical corporate employee who lives a run of the mill kind of life and believe in doing things as per the books and perfectly. Now he is not that carefree and fun loving story teller she met at Corsica. And from here the movie starts to talk about the struggle and fight of dual personalities, what were the reasons for Ved having such dual shades of personality, Ved’s struggle to break free from a typical urban corporate lifestyle after meeting Tara and Tara’s patience and pain in seeing Ved’s fight back and struggle.
Any movie with Deepika in it is bound to have a substantial role for the heroine but not this one. Tamasha is about Ved and his struggle to fight his dual personalities. I am sure when Ranbir would have read this script he would have realised the risk he was taking. And with two earlier failed experiments of Roy and Bombay Velvet, it takes a lot of courage to continue experimenting. Tamasha gives you same Ranbir that we left in Rockstar. He is intense, he is fun loving, he is passionate and he is pained. Deepika is ravishing in the first part and very powerful in the second part. Her expressions in the second part are a treat to watch.
Unfortunately A.R.Rahman’s music is not as good as in Rockstar, however the background music is very powerful. The song Tum saath ho is melodious and is beautifully shot. Heer to badi sad and Safarnama are also good.
Make no mistakes this is one complicated and complex movie and just like Rockstar some will like this and some will just not like it. Imtiaz Ali’s story telling is not too viewer friendly and he expects his audience to be a bit more intelligent and proactive. The chemistry of Deepika and Ranbir is fabulous. The second half of the movie is intense and a bit heavy. If only Imtiaz could have cut down the Corsica and some songs and got back straight to the point this would have been more gripping. Plus he totally missed showing the role of Tara during Ved’s fight back and how she was the sole reason behind it.
Watch it for Imtiaz Ali, watch it for Deepika and you cannot miss it at any cost for Ranbir. And don’t feel bad if you don’t like it, sometimes it’s better to see something intense and meaningful than ride a Chennai Express or finding Prem Ratan Dhan.