Tamasha


Tamasha’ is a romantic film which features Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Javed Sheikh and Piyush Mishra among others. It has been written and directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.

Imtiaz Ali is known to be a great story-teller and like all his romantic films, ‘Tamasha’ too is a story about two young adults who meet, spend good time and fall in love. But, ‘Tamasha’ is not just about the love between a man and a woman, it is also about the love for self, as in how much you love yourself to be your real self.

The film gives a background Ved’s (Ranbir Kapoor) childhood and from where he cultivates his rich imagination in flashbacks. A young Ved loves listening to stories from mythology and legends from an old man (Piyush Mishra) sitting under a tree in his hometown Shimla. He is gripped by these stories so much that he starts believing in them and lives his life around them. However, his father (Javed Sheikh) is a strict man and wants him to focus on his studies and grow up according to the set standards of the society, but, Ved loves his world of fantasy.

A few years later, Ved goes on a trip to the French Island of Corsica where he bumps into Tara, a jovial Indian girl, who has lost her passport. Ved decides to help her, but they promise each not to reveal their real identities or anything true about their real live so as not to spoil the fun during the vacation. Ved’s love for stories, fun and imagination that got suppressed due to forced pragmatisim comes to the fore in Corsica after meeting Tara. He unleashes this side of him and becomes his mad, endearing self. Tara and Ved spend one whole week singing, dancing and telling stories in Corsica before parting, but Tara is already in love with this free-sprited Ved.

Back in Kolkata, Tara who is smitten by Ved misses him and the wonderful times they have spent in Corsica. When she moves to Delhi on work, Ved and Tara come across each other again, as they start spending time together, Tara realises that this is not the fun-loving, goofy man she knew. He lives a life according to what is expected of him and not he wants for himself. So, when Ved proposes Tara, she turns him down and moves on, and yet pines for him. On the other hand, Ved tries to sort himself struggling for self-realisation.

‘Tamasha’ is a love story at the core, but it is also the story of Ved – what he is at heart and what he has become for the world, and ultimately what he decides to be. The film is a journey of self-discovery.

Ranbir was brilliant in his role playing the character with utmost conviction of a velnerable and confused Ved. Deepika was gorgeous and her emotional scenes were particularly noteworthy. Ranbir and Deepika’s chemistry is magical and it is because of the two the film is worth a watch. Above all, the cinematography is incredible with little flaws. The scenic locations have been captured beautifully that it calls for attention. The music also blends well and carries the story forward, and so it didn’t seem interfering. But, at points, the film did seem to stretch a bit.