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'Tamasha' review: An incredible spectacle!

'Tamasha' review: An incredible spectacle!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Friday 27 November 2015

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Movie Title

Tamasha

Director

Imtiaz Ali

Star Cast

Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Javed Sheikh

This film is all about stories-the pleasure of telling them; the pleasure of listening to them.

Shimla: Ved grows up listening to the old story-teller by the road, who often mixes up characters from Ramayan and Romeo and Juliet. "Kahaani ki duniya se baahar nikal, idiot," says the older, jaded Ved as he is now running the corporate rat-race.

And writer-director Imtiaz Ali too, appears more in the role of a master story-teller here, regaling us with various chapters, mischievously titled 'Teja Ka Sona' and 'Andar Ki Baat'.

'Matargashti...' (wandering aimlessly), the two strangers sing as they stroll about in Corsica. In this French island, Ved and Tara are far removed from their realities in India. They decide to go all out, do what they want, as long as "what happens in Corsica, stays in Corsica." They decide never to meet again, after bonding for seven days. So having introduced themselves as 'Don' and 'Mona Darling', they fall in love without knowing each other's names.

On a chance meeting after years, they realize they're still in love, but with whom? Does Tara love the Ved she met in Corsica- that free soul with an easy laugh, or this over-polite, stuck-in-a-rut fellow who seriously needs rescuing?

Through this story Imtiaz Ali weaves in several points. For one, he talks about remaining mediocre while running in a rat race (he uses the corporate world analogy), versus daring to excel in a field where your passion lies. This he weaves in through an extraordinary love story, where the heroine rescues the hero...from himself.

Like the angels that we often encounter in our lives, who jolt us out of doing something wrong, by pushing our buttons and getting us upset, Tara surprises Ved with her decision. And in doing so, starts the process of Ved's self-discovery. No wonder then, we are moved, when Ved offers his salute to Tara. Quite something, that scene is. Ranbir and Deepika make for a formidable couple, and their chemistry is undisputed. While Ranbir excels as the troubled Ved who confesses on being his own worst enemy, Deepika is accomplished and presents a wonderfully layered performance.

The nuanced and textured film has characters like the old storyteller, the rickshaw driver, and Ved's boss with the awkward English that remain with us as much as the central ones.

Imtiaz Ali tells the story with delicious flourishes like that bit of absurdist theatre in the beginning complete with a unique introduction to our characters, and a trippy interlude where the fantasy characters including Aladdin's genie come alive .

A.R.Rahman's music and Irshad Kamil's lyrics speak directly to the soul and add a new dimension to the story.

Where Ali falters is, in his enthusiasm of telling a story of an artistic soul trapped in the corporate world, he makes the creative life grandiose and hints at a condescending attitude towards those that have non-creative pursuits. And who says people can't be both?

The conflicts he creates, like Ved's altercations with his father, are too neatly wrapped up. And one truly wishes the incredible Deepika Padukone and her Tara were given space to shine brighter.

Despite the flaws, the film is full of mad charm and is all heart. Tamasha is an incredible spectacle of a movie, to be experienced, not merely viewed.

Rating: 4 stars

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