If you are a die-hard RK fan, you’re going to like what you see. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Tamasha brings RK and Deepika Padukone on the big-screen once again
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s reunion on the big-screen is one major reason why people are flocking to theatres, to catch Tamasha. After Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, RK and Dippy come together once again to remind us, how flawless they look as an on-screen couple. The trailer gave us the crux of the venture and I personally believed that Tamasha is essentially about Dippy and RK’s togetherness and how they overcome the battle of being in a complicated and unconventional relationship. But as the film progresses, I realize that it is in truth, an out and out Ranbir Kapoor film and a story about his journey. As I sit back and write this review, flashes of RK’s scenes from the film come to mind and I’m further convinced of the fact that he has owned this Imtiaz Ali directional. However apart from this, I find little reason to convince people to watch this film. Here’s what I have to say about Tamasha:
What it’s about
Tamasha is essentially a soul searching venture. Common man tends to get so caught up in the rat race and need for survival that he often forgets who he is and what purpose is he living for. Imtiaz Ali attempts to shed light on this very thought through the story of Ved(played by Ranbir Kapoor) and his imaginative world. Ved is a lad who derives his adrenaline, meaning for life through the stories he is told since a young age. Where actors often take to stage and play a certain roles, Ved is of the belief that life itself is a Tamasha, where he is meant to enact characters. He thrives in his world of make believe and realizes that the ordinary, competitive routine, is not his calling. He uses this approach and pretends to be don Teja in Corsica, where he meets the beautiful, Deepika Padukone. Dippy aka Tara is uninhibited, much like Ved and participates in his creative world as Mona Darling. The two soon embark on a journey together in the beautiful locales of Corsica, only on the condition that they would hide their true identities, never see each other again and refrain from making love. As fate would have it, they do come face to face again, but this time in India. But now, Ved and Tara live practical lives where there is no don Teja and Mona Darling by his side. So how does a man like Ved who believes in the extraordinary lead an ordinary life as a product manager? How does Tara who fell for don Teja deal with this non-stimulating side to Ved? Soon begins the journey of Ved, where he goes searching for what he is and in truth is meant to be.
For any story, the beginning and the end is crucial. And Tamasha sets its foot on the right note. Packed with brilliant visuals, the base of Ved’s character and his imaginative world is formed in an appealing way where we are taken back to the stories of Ramayana, Romeo and Juliet, etc. Ranbir Kapoor proves yet again, that he is one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood. His impeccable act is what makes the venture interesting in the second half. He is convincing as a lost soul searching for meaning, and proves his versatility while playing the lunatic, jilted lover, don Teja, a storyteller, etc. Imtiaz Ali makes sure to give viewers a visual treat by capturing the serene locations of Corsica. AR Rahman’s music is sheer perfection and adds flavor to the plotline. My favourites are Tum Saath Ho and Heer Toh Sad Hai. RK and Dippy’s chemistry in the first half is natural and sizzling, no surprises there. The actors live up to the expectations as a couple and prove that they are in fact, capable of being tagged as he modern day Raj and Simran of Bollywood.
The film is haphazard in its treatment and lacks spontaneity. The first half of Tamasha is predictable. Where RK lives up to his eccentric, impulsive avatar in the first half, Deepika stumbles to play her part with the same conviction. Moreover, her character doesn’t have much to offer. So blame it on the writing. Imtiaz Ali gives us yet another soul searching film after Highway and Rockstar. After having watched Tamasha, I wish to ask Imtiaz, “What next?” Though this topic seems to be close to the director’s heart, I can’t help but think that Imtiaz’s creativity is stagnating with the same soul searching ventures over and over again. I wish to see a different plot from the filmmaker for his next. There are parts where Tamasha will test your patience. The sequences drag on unnecessarily and soon, this venture comes across as a mere compilation of scenes, having no flow. Till the time RK’s solo plot starts, this venture doesn’t have much to offer.
What to do: If soul searching and matters beyond your mundane existence intrigue you then Tamasha is the perfect film to watch. Also we need more of RK in our lives I say!
2.5 out of 5
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