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Maheshwari), Javed Sheikh (Ved’s father), Vivek Mushran (Ved’s Boss), Piyush
Mishra (The Storyteller)
by: Sajid Nadiadwala
by: Imtiaz Ali
by: Aarti Bajaj
Company: Nadiadwala Grandson
by: UTV Motion Pictures
Date: 27th November,
Tamasha, Imtiaz Ali’s film brings Bollywood’s one of the favourite pair
Deepika and Ranbir on screen. I am so much confused when I sit to review this
film now. If you expect the magic of Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal in this film,
you may be disappointed. Imtiaz’s Rockstar was also a bit different from his
typical style of filmmaking which earned him mixed reviews. But his latest film
Highway had received great critical acclaim and appreciation, which saw a
different side of Imtiaz’s style of filmmaking. Tamasha certainly differs from
his earlier films in spite of love being the central theme. Rather, he experiments
with a different style of storytelling through Tamasha. Tamasha means
spectacle. I loved the plot of the film, which focuses or reminds us that most
of the time, we are mere spectators in our lives. We choose a gallery, where we
can sit comfortably and just watch things happening in and around us. We don’t even
decide for ourselves. When we don’t design our choices in our lives, somebody
else makes choices for us. And if this is the case, do we enjoy these choices
made by somebody on our behalf. Probably not. We just live our lives, fall prey
to the monotonous way of living. We ignore the real ‘us’ and just compromise
with the happenings of our lives. We ourselves don’t recognize the real self
and just pull through life by engaging in mundane activities and appear not to
be bothered as well. Imtiaz Ali’s film Tamasha tells us – “Your most personal
thought is your life’s biggest Tamasha”. The concept is so nice, but the film
falters at the execution level. Two terrific actors on screen could have set
the stage on fire, but it doesn’t happen so. Even the sequence where lot of fun
elements could have been added was a bit dry. And the sequence, where emotions
could have played a major role in getting the audience connected was
underplayed. But certainly, this film can’t be written off, watch it for the beautiful
philosophy, which Tamasha brings to us and of course for its lead pair, Deepika
The film begins with a troupe performing Tamasha on stage. The
very initial scene itself makes the whole theme of the film very clear. The
story telling happens through this Tamasha.
collect money, even steal money at times to pay a storyteller (Piyush Mishra) who
would tell him stories of Ramayana, Laila Majnu, Heer Ranjha, Romeo Juliet etc.
The interesting aspect of Piyush’ storytelling was that he used to say that
every story was the same. Ved used to passionately listen to the stories. As
far as the studies are concerned, he is not very fond of many subjects
especially Mathematics. But when he grows up, he yields to his father’s
pressure to pursue engineering.
France, where he happens to meet Tara (Deepika Padukone), who had lost her
passport and some other belongings. Both of them hit it off at the very first
instance. Ved wanted their story to be different from the regular ones, so they
decide that they would not even reveal their real names, and tell any truth to
each other. They only lie about themselves, Ved becomes Don and Tara becomes
Mona Darling. They also had set the norm that they would never meet each other
once they leave Corsica. But as expected, love blooms, though both of them don’t
business. Ved goes to Delhi and joins a regular corporate job. She does feel Ved’s
absence around, but she is not being shown as a depressed girl, rather she is
shown actively engaged in work. Although the scene is not very clear, but it
shows her being true to her emotions by breaking off with her boyfriend or fiancée.
The screenplay covers a period of four years through a song.
is the spot where she keeps coming, certainly with the hope of meeting Ved. And
when she meets Ved, does she find the same Ved whom she met in Corsica. Though,
they meet almost everyday, Tara is disillusioned with this Ved. She feels that
the Ved who was always there with her since her return from Corsica was far
different from this Ved. Tara was facing problem to accept this Ved who had
succumbed to a conventional way of leading life, routine job. Tara wanted to
highlight the point that Ved had the potential to do much beyond the routine
things in his life. But Ved had a problem in accepting the external dimension
of his ‘self’ from Tara.
does Ved take charge of his life? How does he define his own internal dimension
of ‘self’? Does he give life to the storyteller within him? How does he move
out of the shackles of the family / social expectations of being an engineer,
pursuing a corporate job, being part of the rat race? How does Tara’s love play
a role in bringing the real Ved out? Does Ved ever feel liberated in life? If
the story started in Corsica, and paths of the lead pair crossed at Delhi,
where does the story reach at the climax?
Watch the film to get these answers.
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imitated Devanand also. Deepika looks ravishing as always, but I kept wondering
why her eyes are almost always moist. She indeed brings lot of energy to Tara’s
character. The scene, where Deepika meets Ved in Delhi, how she enacts her
emotions is superb. The angst of an individual, who is being brought up in a
very traditional and conservative background and who is expected to be only
perfect in his life and fulfill his family’s vision is also very well portrayed
by Ranbir. The young Ved is also very
good. Piyush Mishra in his role as storyteller is very nice.
that why he is asking him in regard to his (Ved) own story. He shouts at Ved
and asks him to tell or create his own story. I found this particular scene to
be very powerful, which makes us ponder that are we ready to design our stories
and proclaim the same to the world. Also, another aspect which I liked about
Tamasha is that it depicts a love which makes a person identify and encounter
self which facilitates one to bring out his / her real optimum potential.
Yagnik and Arijit Singh. It would touch your hearts.
and watch. You may not enjoy this movie, if you expect the miracle through the combination
of Imtiaz-Deepika-Ranbir and also want lot of fun.
that we as human beings tend to be mere spectators in our lives, allow others
to design choices for us, stop following our own dreams and find ourselves in
the shackles of the societal norms of following conventional rules. We may not
be ready to explore our true potential, but someone who loves us, could take us
to a great journey of self-optimization. Though, Tamasha, the spectacle, is not a debacle; I sincerely wished that such a beautiful
philosophy could have been executed in a much better manner through a gripping