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DIRECTOR: Imtiaz Ali
STARRING: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Javed Sheikh
RATING: 3 stars. Okay 0.5 extra for Deepika = 3.5 stars!
Ranbir Kapoor is not dyslexic but has issues (and braces), just like Darsheel Safari. Deepika Padukone is not an arts teacher but plays an Aamir Khan to Mr. Kapoor. This pretty much felt like Taare Zameen Par struck by cupid.
Curious? Confused? Trying to make up your mind whether or not you should go and watch this film, if you would like it or not. Well welcome to the confused club. I admit I can't quite decide if I liked the film or not. Having said that I can safely recommend you go watch this film because not too many filmmakers explore questions like who we really are, and that zone between dil and duniya.
I like Tamasha because it talks about freedom that comes with solo travelling.
Yet I wasn't sure because unlike Queen and English Vinglish, it doesn't show, it tells, almost spoonfeeds, you the thought of how liberating travelling is.
Though a part of me said, it's written so well, so colloquial, so believable. The other part admitted that I had seen it before. This wild child syndrome that Imtiaz often talks about in his films is getting way too predictable.
The couple talking about the striptease dance in Socha Na Tha was cute and refreshingly different. The Rang Biranga Pani Peeke act of Deepika Padukone in Love Aaj Kal was fun. Heer watching Junglee Jawani with Jordan in Rockstar was contrived. And Tara cozying up with Ved in Tamasha's Corsica in the name of this mythical coolness we call free spirited felt so painfully recurring.
I love the performances. I can't tell you enough how brilliant both Ranbir and Deepika are, so let me Ctrl+B and switch my caps key -
DEEPIKA AND RANBIR ARE SUPER SPECTACULARLY, FABULOUSLY HARDWORKING, PERCEPTIVE, INTUITIVE, SPONTANEOUS ACTORS!
Phew. I feel better now.
There is a scene where Deepika sits in the car on her way to the airport. She is part happy and part sad and her expressions are so well balanced that you wonder how on earth she can emote so much with doing so little.
And then there is Ranbir Kapoor, so honest. The ease and the charm in Corsica, the under confident presentations at work, the almost schizophrenia that creeps in and out and the last confrontation scene with the father, the man surrenders himself to the director and nails it in every scene.
Even their body language is bang on. In a particular scene in a Chinese restaurant, Tara sits on the edge of her seat, all excited to reconnect with Ved. While Ved wears his 'boring' Project Manager Skin well, sits with a slight hunch and indulges in mundane conversations.
But I wasn't sure again. Amongst such brilliant lead actors, the film suffers from such clichés: the strict father is way too strict, the Punjabi boss is so Punjabi and so bossy that it is reduced to a caricature.
Imtiaz is a stupendous writer. And sometimes equally stupendously monotonous. The scene where Tara confesses her love to Ved, though unsure if he is single or has a girlfriend, is written, enacted and directed well. But it instantly reminds you of Veer and his love confessions to Meera right after her wedding in Love Aaj Kal, the same regret, the same sense of loss, the same so-many-thoughts-in-incomplete-sentences. Is that the reason the film is titled, Tamasha? Why always the same story? Facepalm!
If the first half of the film lacked depth and hugely depended on an attempt to create 'carefree' characters in carefree Corsica, the second half became a tad loopy and gimmicky. The scenes where Ved goofs up in his work presentations or apologises to his boss were funny initially. After a point it was like, ‘Hey you liked that joke, wait I will crack that again!’
The final verdict? Should we go and watch? Umm yes! I feel Shagun Batra dealt with the same issue in Ek Main Aur Ek Tu a shade better, devoid of any dramatics, real and urbane. But Tamasha, despite bringing in a touch of tamasha, is a one-time watch for sure.
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
5 stars: Loved it. (This could make to top ten movies you must watch before you die!)
4 stars: Liked it. Recommend it. (This will help you sound intellectual and give you stuff to add at water cooler conversations.)
3 stars: Didn’t hurt. Watch it once.
2 stars: It put me to sleep. Watch it if you are an insomniac or a newly wedded couple. Winks!
1 star: Do I even need to explain this?