Two weeks back Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha released creating a huge division of opinion between the audiences. Some loved it while some hated it and some for no reason hated it because they were disappointed to not see an extension of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani only because of the lead pair. I had to wait patiently to come back to India and watch the movie, as I was holidaying abroad.
A man (Ranbir Kapoor) meets a woman (Deepika Padukone) on the French island of Corsica. They promise each other that they will neither reveal their identities to each other nor will they ever meet – what happens in Corsica remains in Corsica becomes their mantra. However, they both fall in love but as they have promised they go their separate ways.
After few years they meet but the man – Ved woman -Tara met in Corsica and the one she meets in Delhi are diametrically opposite in behaviour, attitude and personality. Which one is the real Ved – the one she met in Corsica or the one in Delhi? What happens to their love story? These are questions that get answered during the course of the movie.
The movie is a reflection of almost every person’s life especially middle class families where you are supposed to study hard, work hard and lead a robotic life that will give way to another generation of robots. What your heart really wants or what you dream about bears less importance, as generation after generation followed this pattern. It takes a Shining ‘Star’ Tara (Deepika) to make a Ved (Ranbir) realize how he has lost his true identity to follow the set pattern.
Ranbir has given his career’s best performance in Tamasha while Deepika has supported him ably. The story and direction by Imtiaz Ali is wonderful and it is one of those rare movies that will go down in the history of Indian cinema as a classic. A.R. Rahman once again proves that he is The God of Music. Each and every song starting from Matargashti to Agar Tum Saath Ho to Heer to Safarnama are musical gems and gels well with the storyline. Lyrics by Irshad Kamil is poetic and well versed.
On the whole Tamasha will definitely not appeal to the audience who are hardcore fans of masala movies but it will definitely strike a chord with the class audience.
My Verdict: ****