Tamasha review: Ranbir gets more space, Deepika is luminous

Tamasha review: Deepika Padukone is luminous, and she is much more sure-footed in her part. Even though Ranbir Kapoor gets more space, Tara is drawn with welcome depth.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2015 9:20 am
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Just short of an hour into the film, I was up to there with ‘Tamasha’. All we’d got till then was scene after pretty scene in Corsica – picturesque bistros, colourful locals in fancy dress, leafy green countryside, sparkling blue waters, and two of the most interesting actors in Bollywood desperately acting out their parts : over-emphasising their meet-cute, making eyes and coming hither. To absolutely no effect. No impact. Zero. Nada.

Can you imagine getting Ranbir and Deepika and not letting them fall into a real, true, passionate twosome, because the writing in this initial part of the film forces them into an annoyingly artificial construct : we know we are combustible, but we won’t, because you know, we are in this make-believe la-la land where we won’t reveal our real selves?

Got it? No? Good, because I didn’t either.

Ved ( Ranbir) and Tara ( Deepika) swan around cluelessly and uselessly in the first hour of the film, and you wonder just how much more of waste it can get . And then, surprise, it gets better, and so do they. And ‘Tamasha’ becomes, somewhat, the film you presume Ali and his actors had set out to make.

Turns out that the obedient, well-behaved boy that Ved used to be has grown into the obedient, well-behaved young adult, but not in any way that does him any good. A demanding father sets Ved upon a path not of his own choosing, and the break-through comes when he meets the girl : the cocoon shatters, and the real Ved emerges, putting his yes-sir, no-sir, three-bags-full-sir robotic existence behind him, coming out into a world of light and imagination and magic.

Ved loves being told stories. He discovers he loves telling stories as much. When the director delves deep into this groove, he mines something solid and yes, I will use that word again, real. Those are the moments that make this film shine, and leave you smiling. It’s interesting how accepting that make-believe can set you free sets both the director and the actor free : there are flashes here of the terrific actor that Ranbir can be, and that’s a relief both for the performer as well as the audience.

Deepika is luminous, and she is much more sure-footed in her part. Even though Ranbir gets more space, Tara is drawn with welcome depth : it is usually a leading man’s prerogative to sulk and stomp. Did she fall in love with her idea of love, and can she sustain it with the passage of time? Ali puts forth a fairly radical idea as well : can the love that you feel when you are out of time, in exotic locales, survive a storm of ordinariness? Of ‘aam-aadminess’?

We do get the answers, and they do leave us feeling warm and fuzzy, but it’s not enough. That wasted, stretched introduction is a problem. So is the director’s penchant of using music to underline the sentiments : why not more confidence in just letting the moment, and the actor, speak for itself? Why the clunkiness?

I really liked a lot of the second half. There’s so much good stuff going on, including the pair which strays, and then journeys towards each other. Despite its flaws, this is Ali’s most complex story, teeming with ideas, and gives us Ranbir back again, along with the lovely Deepika, even if the plot keeps losing sight of her : there are tracts when she goes missing.

Pity it peters out.

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First Published on: November 27, 2015 3:07 pm
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    Alan
    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm
    Perfect review, this is exactly what I thought while watching it. The Corsica scene is stupid and fake, the movie comes into life in second half.
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      Deb
      Nov 3, 2016 at 11:59 am
      The ratings are inconsistent with the writer's views. Very misleading. This movie (as well as the introduction) is a piece of art. Clearly, what peters out is the critic's review.
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        akash shukla
        Feb 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm
        This review yet again deserves a zero star....the writer doesn't understand the simple plot of a movie and writing reviews..
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          sana
          Nov 1, 2016 at 12:33 am
          The movie didn't start well but had a strong ending. It has a great message and I think more movies should be made with creativity such as this. There was a time when I thought it's a case of split personality.
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            sana
            Nov 1, 2016 at 12:35 am
            There was a scene with his boss and I thought would end like "fight club" but it didn't (I am glad).
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              Shrujan
              May 21, 2016 at 3:34 am
              This movie is one amazing piece of art. This reviewer is still in the race to write such a review.
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                sumit
                Nov 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm
                waste of ur money and time. For making better understanding of movie u should have to do group discussion on ur home.
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                  kolhapuri
                  Nov 29, 2015 at 5:49 am
                  Best moviee.... its sooo good.. ranbir is brilliant in tamasha
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                    Zain
                    Nov 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm
                    awsome movie . must watch that movie... story & acting awsome
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                      mee
                      Nov 29, 2015 at 4:07 am
                      Walked away in the 50th minute...couldn't see so much wastage....of my time and money....the later can't recover...former ....thankfully I saved....
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                        Meena
                        Nov 28, 2015 at 10:38 am
                        I'm a big fan of Ranbir. I don't go by reviews but watched yesterday with friends. This film is worst than Besharam or Highway. Deepika is guest appearance. You can watch if you have extra spare money as this film is time and waste of money. Imtiaz Ali has lost his touch. Tamasha gave us a headache. I've seen lot of people walk out before film even finish
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                          mansi
                          Nov 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm
                          No Matter wat, watch it for Ranbir n deepika 😍
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                            Moumita
                            Nov 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm
                            Unique thinking... Which is not possible for everyone to understand. Those who doesn't understood will obviously comment dat it's backwas.imitiaz rocks.. Deepikaa prettiest nd rnbirrr the hunk.. love u all.
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                              Sandeep chawla
                              Nov 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm
                              The movie is beyond the critics review.
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                                Seema
                                Nov 29, 2015 at 12:39 am
                                The worst film ever, wastage of time, effort and money.
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                                  Sumit
                                  Nov 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm
                                  This movie is a living example of sensible and precise direction. For those who have seen depression or have been around folks with bi-polar disorder will appreciate the beautiful messages this movie portra. People wear multiple faces when dealing with different situations in life and the only way to understand them is by listening to them and loving them the way they are.
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                                    Superarunm
                                    Nov 28, 2015 at 7:02 am
                                    Tamasha a waste of time for viewers n waste of. Money for utv. N waste of imtiaz Ali's telent to promote desperate ranbir kapoor bad try Sorry dipika wasted talent
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                                      Vic
                                      Nov 29, 2015 at 7:51 am
                                      Really liked the movie - only people who have an artist within them will be able to relate to the movie. Also only people who have seen some life, experienced love, complexities of a relationship will understand the movie. Rest will find it waste of time
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                                        Vikas rohila
                                        Nov 28, 2015 at 5:07 am
                                        Abhi ladies
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                                          Vivek sharma
                                          Dec 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm
                                          Ranbir and deepika the most romantic couple and great actors too😘
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                                            Vivek sharma
                                            Dec 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm
                                            Thank u imtiaz deepika and ranbir to giving such a standard cinema to bollywood also ar rehman sir arijit singh and irshad kamil wanna see this combination again and again...love u all.
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