I was very keen to watch TAMASHA from the time its promos started appearing for more than one reason. Firstly, I have a healthy regard for Imtiaz Ali (Jab We Met, Rockstar, Highway) who has written and directed this movie. Secondly, what I read about what he had to say about this movie, which I reproduce below:
“What ‘Tamasha’ is trying to say is that don’t be satisfied with the stories you hear around you, create your own myth, choose your own story. Sometimes in trying to belong, you lose your edge, you become blunt and you forget who you are unless someone comes to remind you, someone who has seen you at that time. It’s not that simple because it takes the undoing of entire life’s experience to get in touch with yourself and your wild energy.”
The lead pair of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, the energy of the Mohit Chauhan rendered MATARGASHTI song, in a part of which Ranbir mimics Dev Anand, and the music credit to A R Rahman added to the other points. The fact that the Indian Censor Board looked at the stopwatch to determine that this was the longest kissing scene in Indian Cinema (beating the record set by Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani) didn’t matter much, excepting the fact that I became aware that the Kapoor family now holds the top two records for the longest kissing scenes!
TAMASHA does try to say what its director has so excellently articulated, but says it in an extremely laborious manner. It appears to me that Imtiaz Ali has got so carried away with his theme that he fails to keep his pulse on how the audience would react to his story telling. Thus, despite brilliant emoting by both his lead artistes, there are long patches of ennui. And as the movie meanders towards its end, I didn’t quite understand the need for introducing Tokyo as a setting for just a few minutes!!!
Deepika’s acting in the emotional scenes indicates that she certainly has all round talents; Ranbir has played similar roles in the past and therefore fits the role like a glove. The shots of Corsica are very inviting too, but surely to watch TAMASHA just to see those scenes would be an unwise decision!!
RATING: 3 out of 5
November 27th, 2015