The Biggest “Tamasha” Called Life: A Review

tamasha review creative

Film: Tamasha
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Piyush Mishra
Imtiaz Ali 

Writer: Imtiaz Ali

Tamasha – After watching it, I felt reviewing is tough because not everyone can be an Imtiaz Ali, who can explain all the complicated emotions in such a simplistic way! As another review mentioned, only he can understand the complicated matters of the heart like no one else and also succeeds in letting the viewers understand them!

Tamasha takes you go into a pensive mode. Fun and emotions are blended well and it presents to you the finest COUPLE OF THE YEAR- Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone; both have evolved beautifully and Imtiaz brings out the best in both the actors. Deepika is drop dead gorgeous and Ranbir is no less. His demeanour which naturally gets transformed, his expressions, the Dev Anand act, his acting prowess will certainly charm you. They both complement each other perfectly well.
Story line, songs and my review:

Tamasha is a fantasy world created by Imtiaz, which depicts the real Tamasha we all face called life. It is an offbeat movie which suits only a niche audience. The movie feels like a stage show from start till the end where you get enchanted by the characters dancing on the screen and also the characters which come to your mind from your real life experiences.

The song Chali Kahani sung by Sukhwinder Singh &Haricharan kick starts the story showing the little Ranbir who gets intrigued by all the magical stories embedded in the universe and happily lives in his world. Matargashti sung by Mohit Chauhan gives you a picture of a fairy land and fills a kind of zeal in your heart which makes you want to go out and be the free spirited person you actually are from your heart. The song Heer to badi sad hai sung by Mikha Singh/ Nakash Aziz shows the transition and transformation of the characters which evolve in a period of years. The song Safarnaama sung by Lucky Ali, shows the path to your own heart and describes the journey.

The imaginative narration and unique story telling technique used in songs will definitely create both happy and sad emotional waves in you! In the first half the bonus are the scenes of beautiful Corsica in France where our mystery boy and girl meet.


Deepika is more or less like Ranbir from heart, who loves stories and Asterix in Corsica is the reason she travels to the place which shows that she longs to live the stories she reads or hears. She gets totally awestruck by the hero. However, as per their pact of not revealing their identities, they separate without the knowledge of who they actually are and the second half of the story shows the transition of hero who gets used to the maze created by the world, becomes a product manager and lives the same day every day and is tuned to being monotonous and boring! I loved both the story telling DON in the first half and the robotic Ved in second half, who is more realistic and strikes a chord with 90% of population who kill their hobbies or passions to earn money for a smooth life! Ranbir showed his excellence in both the roles.

You may occasionally remember the Jordan of Rockstar where he finally succeeds in making passion his career but doesn’t succeed much on the personal front. There are glimpses of Ranbir from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as well in the movie!

The story is all about the journey of the boy Ved, who loves hearing stories and dwells in the spirit of all stories but eventually gets burdened by the education, mathematics, management and in general the life which makes him do everything he dislikes. Meeting Tara creates ripples in his head and he ultimately decides to explore his own story and embrace his inner self. The way hearts are broken and distanced, is so beautifully shown , that you almost want to go in to the screen and hug Tara and Ved during the song , agar tum saathho (sung by AlkaYagnik&Arjit Singh) and the book shop scene. However I would have preferred a more supportive Tara who could have helped Ranbir when it’s traumatic for him!


Some the scenes which will stay with me:

  • The scene where Ved’s storyteller from his childhood- Piyush Mishra mocks him, when Ved requests him to give an ending to his story. He shouts, ” Kaayar , apni kahani kaise khatm hogi mujhe poochta hai. (You are such a wuss, you ask me your story’s ending?)” It is like an eye opener to all the viewers who seek advice from others and wait for approvals!
  • The entire Corsica episode and the fun and frolic side of Ved and Tara which is beautiful and heart-warming.
  • The scene after the stark realization Ved has, where he narrates a story of Heero to his dad (Javed Sheikh), mom,Sushma Seth (grand mom). You should go to theatre and hear to the actual story which makes you question yourself!
  • All the songs of the movie which are unique. I loved the way the wat wat song  (sung by Arjit Singh & Shashwat Singh) is shot (the auto driver whose passion is singing is shown in this foot tapping song).

Even if this is not something which you haven’t watched before, you have to watch this movie just for the unique “story telling” style. Cheers to the team!

Jab We Met is undoubtedly Imtiaz’s best to me. The music Rockstar and Highway is foot tapping and heart touching, and the music and story of Tamasha is like Chicken soup for the viewers’ soul which is soothing and definitely helps in clearing your head. “Tamasha” is the best possible reason to divert yourself from all the Aamir Khan’s Tamasha.

All those creative people who are more or less like Ved, can identify with Ved’s character; who is mesmerized with stories but has outgrown his imaginative self due to the mundane life he chose. The film definitely helps them to recognize and revive their old self. The concept of the movie is rather appealing, but it may not every time work in real life, because a lot of home work needs to be done before turning your passion into a full blown career!

You may either love or hate this movie but cannot have any mediocre feelings after watching. You will definitely get high on emotions!

(This is a reader’s submission by Afshan Shaik.)

Image source:

The Viewspaper