Not going to lie, Tamasha is not a bad movie. That being said, it isn’t a spectacular one either. It works in parts thanks to it’s leading pairs and on a technical level, really stands out from most Bollywood films this year.
Tamasha traverses the path of Ved and Tara who happen to chance up on one another in sunny Corsica, spend 7 days together without divulging any information about themselves whilst helplessly falling in love with the other. Tara returns to India and spends the next four years moping, before she eventually stalks Ved all the way to Delhi. To her shock, Ved is far from the man she considered her soulmate, a man who has all but locked away his dreams for the rat race he’s been thrown into against his wishes. After a forced relationship, Ved finally snaps and that leads it your standard run-of-the-mill coming of age story.
Tamasha works in parts. It starts off with a bang in Corsica, cementing both Padukone and Kapoor has Bollywood’s best onscreen pairing since the SRK-Kajol days. The chemistry is palatable, and the two exude charm and verve every time they take the screen together in the film’s early parts and it is a lot of fun to watch. Corsica is beautiful and you cannot help but grin throughout that particular segment as Ranbir and Deepika dance their way down beautiful France, taking the audience with them. It’s when the film’s plot loses its way halfway through the first half does it actually drop. In a bid to focus on exorcising Ved’s personal demons and his road to redemption, the plot more or less cuts Tara down to a peripheral character by the time the credits roll. Which is a major annoyance because at integral parts in the film, Deepika gets shoehorned into a situation she doesn’t need to be in. The wonky script is the film’s biggest trapping but it doesn’t derail the movie completely.
Ranbir on the other hand, is fantastic as ever. I’m one of the few people who thought Bombay Velvet wasn’t the shithouse it was made out to be because it was so radically different. Ranbir was one of the best parts of that movie and here too he shines as the conflicted protagonist. The film is extremely relatable to most students in the country who turn away from doing what they love to satisfy the needs of others. As the film puts it, everyone who’s been down this road has at one point choked their childhood to death, the only part of their lives that indicated to them that they were special. It’s so true and it’s wonderfully put forth by Kapoor. The film is shot beautifully too, nothing like what you’ve seen in a commercial Bollywood film for a very long time. AR Rahman’s score as always accentuates moments to heights it wouldn’t dream of reaching alone.
Tamasha is a film that gets lost in it’s own complications and struggles to break free of it. That being said, it’s definitely worth a watch for the performances of the leading pair and for it’s beautiful cinematography and Rahman’s enchanting score. Give it a watch nonetheless. It’s a hundred times better than the film we got for Diwali and you probably saw that.
Sorry for this being late. Was traveling over the weekend. Creed will be up tomorrow night.