Bollywood has evolved over the years, where its songs are not just in the film for entertainment purpose solely, they enhance the narrative as well. While there have been quite a few instances in the past where ‘this’ has happened, in my humble opinion, the coming together of these two elements is beautifully illustrated in the 2015 Imtiaz Ali directorial, Tamasha.
In the AR Rahman composition of “Agar Tum Saath Ho,” we see Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) and Tara (Deepika Padukone) create something painful, something magical on-screen. The anguish of heartbreak and the abounding love that accompanies it is brought to life wonderfully by the talented duo.
What helps the case immensely is that we don’t need dialogues here to see what our lead characters are going through. The lyrics of Irshad Kamil and the voices of Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh do the trick. You cry, you mourn as you witness the death of a relationship.
While we know that Ranbir is a credible performer, Deepika steals the limelight as she attempts to come to terms with her reality. She runs behind Ranbir, she pauses and thinks whether she should give him time but cannot stop herself from pursuing him in the end. The accompanying lyrics give voice to her thoughts as she chases him in gullies and back-alleys of a crowded street.
Sequence of note | La La Land | Swades | 96: Trisha tells a story | Rang De Basanti’s ‘Koi Future Nai’ | Inglourious Basterds’ strudel scene | Delhi 6’s Dil Gira Dafatan | The eerie conversation from Get Out
Kudos also to Imtiaz Ali’s direction who, with his able guidance, helped bring the scene alive on the celluloid. I mean, how many times have we gotten the combination of such talented artistes together?
Tamasha is streaming on Netflix.