Tamasha Hindi movie review – follow your heart in Imtiaz Ali style !

Reviewed by Madhukar KR (krmadhukar@nehamediahouse.in)

Planet Movies Rating: 3.5/5 535px-3.5_stars.svg

Tamasha (English: Spectacle[2]) is a 2015 Indian romantic drama film written and directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. It stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Tamasha tells the story of character “Ved” (played by Ranbir Kapoor) who loses his self by living according to the social conventions expected of him.
Tamasha begins with a drama theatre act with Deepika and Ranbir enacting a scene where they are conveying how life has become mechanical in terms of living. Man has virtually turned into a pre programmed robot who is just running a rat race though he does not have a strong reason to do so. The introduction scenes hints at the core content of the movie which is narrated in the form of a love story with the backdrop of exotic locales in Corsica, France. The beginning reminded me of Mera Naam Joker of Ranbir’s grand dad.. The great Rajkapoor.

Ranbir and Deepika who are strangers bump into each other in a chance encounter when they are on a vacation in Corsica in France. Ranbir helps Deepika when she loses her passport and wallet in a bag. When they meet up in Corsica they promise to each other that they will never reveal their true identities. A fun filled roller coaster journey begins between these two enjoy each other’s company thoroughly. Just when they are about to part their ways they share a passionate moment of kissing each other. Yes, it’s longer that the clipped kissing scene of the recently released bond movie Spectre !

The couple part their ways and it’s shown that Deepika who hails from Kolkata working in a tea company is now smitten by Ranbir’s charm and his cheerful mannerisms in the course of the trip. A few years pass by and finally Deepika is able to spot Ranbir in Delhi. They introduce each other and reveal their true identities. Ranbir is a product manager is a corporate company who lives a mechanical mediocre life who has a daily routine of going to office and back home every single day. He is not so eccentric as he used to be in the trip to Corsica and is a normal guy with well behaved mannerisms. Deepika no longer enjoys his company has realises that this is not the person whom she was looking for after all.

They break up and post interval Ranbir introspects about himself and his way of living. He was so fond of story telling and narrating in his childhood. He had to give up his passion due to pressure from his father to join engineering (reminds you of 3 idiots ?) and that’s how he turned up the way he is as of today.

How does Ranbir cope up with this break up and will he be able to reunite with Deepika by rediscovering himself forms the rest of the story.

The music of the film is fabulous with only 2 soulful scores from AR Rahman and soul stirring background music.The music is certainly a plus point for the film.

Imtiaz Ali is a whizmaster in his craft who can narrate soulful tales between two people like a pro. He yet again demonstrates this after Jab we Met. This time around he intelligently capitalizes on the real life ex-couple Ranbir-Deepika to the fullest to narrate a meaningful story of a couple.

The film really suffers in the second half due to the slow pace of the story but does convey its point across to the audience. Some portions of the story is inspired from 3 idiots and Mera Naam Joker. This might make people wonder why again?
The film has a dream like first half but the second half might not be as enjoyable as the former for some people. The film is not for the ones who seek thrill or action clearly as this a film of romance genre. Overall Tamasha is watchable due to the onscreen chemistry of the real life ex-couple Ranbir Deepika and the direction of Imtiaz Ali.

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