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Tamasha – a film about breaking molds while doing so itself. Even if not 100% successful, the attempt is engaging.Read more
Are the makers making it all too easy for the reviewers? What a field day we will have if Tamasha is no different from other love stories. And if it is something different, the difference won't be surprising enough because they warned us.
The trailer also shows us that we have super performances to look forward to. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have created enough mystery about their characters and their chemistry to look forward to the film to just see them together.
I really hope they have a hidden card up their sleeve, story-wise? Else at the very least a breezy rom-com.
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
glamsham - "/5"
IBN Live, IANS – "4.5/5"
Milliblog - "Tamasha’s music is as thrilling and exciting as catching a flight without knowing the destination!"
Music Aloud – "8.5/10"
- meeta, a part of the audience
“Mamma, what was the movie about” is a question my kids ask me almost every Friday. Every time it is a rom-com, I say, “Boy meets girl.” Some times, for variety I say, “Girl meets boy.” The kids, they roll their eyes, “they fall in love and either they live happily thereafter or die together, right?” Each time, I hope to at least, say, “Yes, but...” And finally, I have that chance. At least, the how is different, it has a purpose. You can tell why Don (Ranbir Kapoor) and Mona darling (Deepika Padukone) fall in love with each other. You can sense how they fill a void in the others' life. That alone is enough for me to like a rom-com. Though I might have a dozen places where the film could've been tighter, a plot point not seem random, and so on.
To tell the same story again is a mean task. Especially, when the director has said the same story a few times himself. Now it feels like, each of those times might just have been a build-up towards this one. One that is blatant about being mundane and repetitive. One that is also a social commentary about the “system” killing the individual. One that tells you stop asking for stories that are different, because all stories are the same. Yet, make your own story because your story is different because it is about you.
Last week we saw K struggle to find himself, in X: Past Is Present. We saw his past experiences make him the person he is now. He seems to be only an evolved version of Don in Tamasha. Only the two films talk about different influences in life. The former about his love relationships and this one is a contest between nature and nurture.
Tamasha starts very Before Sunrise-ish and has all the smiles and warmth of any real-life romantic relationship that has just begun. Even if light-hearted, you can see the intensity of the attachment take hold. Even if you know nothing about either of the protagonists, just like they don't know each other, you know this trip is going to change their lives – that is, if they allow it to.
Once this phase is over, like it is always meant to be, it became a little jarring that only one point of view is presented at a time. Mona who is not a prop is not a full-fledged character, either. She is more a catalyst to Don's self-discovery. This self-discovery itself is a little disconnected. Two points in the story attribute to this disconnect in the journey. One because of its presence in the film and the other because of its absence.
There is a part of the film where Don is missing in action. We know nothing of his thought process during that part. While this missing part left a nagging question mark during the film, after the film, it comes across as a convenient escape in the story-telling. Giving us a peek into Don's mind at that point would be very difficult to keep it consistent with what came before and what was to come after. So, was this a cop-out? However, we can make a guess of the stories Don might have told himself during this time. Stories we all tell ourselves when we believe that what is not meant to be, won't be – “the same story”. Though unlikely, if this inference was intentionally left to the audience – Tamasha is much better written than it seems.
In another instance, we are shown the angst a young Don goes through when in college. The life that Don picks after that struggle just seems a little unlikely. As in, he seems old enough to understand the missing element in his life. It seems a little unlikely that he would reject that element so vehemently, when a mirror is held before him. Oh well, maybe truth is that difficult to handle.
Having let go of these two slurs, Tamasha immerses without getting you completely absorbed. A part of it might be the charisma that Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone bring to screen. It is difficult to take your eyes off either of them when they are on screen. While they own their characters - their angst and their reality – they are still Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padokone. You catch yourself saying, “wow! what acting!” while watching the film. And while that does mean they have done a great job, they have also ended up reminding you, you are watching a film.
And that is an ironical problem with this cast and crew, right? They are so good that each time we expect them to outdo themselves, be it the director or the actors. You have to remind yourself that they have brought home the point so beautifully. Was Ms. Padukone relegated to a supporting role? Screen-time-wise – yes. But, in terms of importance of the character – no.
Doesn't it take great constraint to not let “screen-time needed” dictate the writing in a story? Sure, I'd like to have seen her have a bigger role, the woman's point of view presented. But, she had played her bit, it was now Don's turn to figure things out for himself. Did she have no self-respect, we may ask? But don't we all have that one person for whom we are incapable of giving self-respect any room. Why does she wait around for him? That one I will let you watch the film to figure it out.
Ranbir Kapoor plays the seemingly bipolar character absolutely amazingly. Of course, there is drama, you were well-warned with the title. However, there is no melodrama. There are theatrics and those bring insight. Who is telling your story? Who is directing it? Who is the Raavan of your life? Who is your genie, your Hanuman? Some parallels across mythological and fairy tales were indeed thought-provoking.
Some of the side characters made me squirm, though. The corporate world is presented all bad; the system painted all black. Don's manager, his colleagues are all caricatures. But, aren't they part of the system? If they are stuck in their roles too, don't they need our empathy? They do show some people okay with their place in the corporate world, Mona for instance. However, there could be some people who are okay being mediocre, right? Maybe we will have another film to celebrate mediocrity. And we are such that we will accept it to rise beyond mediocrity.
Any film that makes you go into a thought circle like that has won me. While Tamasha might have aimed at it, it won't make you get up and relook your life and the many faces you carry. It won't make you rip off the mask you wear and let the beast in you out as soon as you walk out of the theater. But, if it makes you think in that direction for even a little bit, if it makes you look at your bipolar self which might just be normal, while making a genuine attempt at telling the same story differently, hasn't it done its job?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The last scene shows Ved and Tara as they were in Corsica – just basking, just being. They have headphones on, and they’re dancing to a song we don’t hear. That’s Ali, really. He makes movies out of the music inside his head.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle : ...Imtiaz Ali, in this film, creates a different world and makes you believe in it till the last shot of the film. The movie isn’t a conventional love story, but every emotion has been layered with justification that only Imtiaz could pull off successfully. This ‘Tamasha’ is definitely to be seen again and again. Going by the full house that came in to see the film for a 9 am show, Ranbir Kapoor had never lost any audience despite 3 flops in row. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini : ...So, on the whole, whatever critics or RJs are saying, watch it if you like Imtiaz Ali's movies. Kapoor's fantastic performance will never let your mood of. If you think you are not doing what you like, or if you are not be able to find out yourself, then please watch this and get inspire. The ten minutes long story which Ved tells to his family in the climax steals the show. It's okay to live a life that others don't understand. You are here to live as you want, not as someone else wants. Just be you, and the right things will start to happen. Find the reason why you are born, and then go for it. At the initial stage, you may witness some troubles, some negative incidents, but, just don't stop your journey, don't try to change yourself. Just be consistence, and the happy times will surely come! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...In all, Tamasha is vintage wine. There are inhibitions that keep you from falling head-over-heels in love with the film the first time you watch it. Once done away with the initial hesitation, Tamasha is an experience. Watch the film for, well, everything. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...What didn't work was that the film was unnecessarily stretched to two and half hours. Besides, there were one or two logic-defying, difficult-to-relate-to scenes which seemed forcibly introduced to take the story forward. - ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The conflicts he creates, like Ved's altercations with his father, are too neatly wrapped up. And one truly wishes the incredible Deepika Padukone and her Tara were given space to shine brighter. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...Will his narrative work with the larger audience? I am not sure. Did it work for me? Hell, yes, it did. No one understands a complicated heart better than Imtiaz Ali. Did you like the film? ... full review
So-So, by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice : ...In spite of the flaws, Tamasha is one movie which will make you appreciate the director’s vision of giving us something quirky and unique. What Shaandar could not achieve, Tamasha does. Of course, the audience with a favorite diet of the “300 crore club” kind of movies may hastily tag this movie as boring. My advice, ignore them and watch this movie at least once – who knows, it manage to strike a chord! ... full review
So-So, by Rukmini Chopra, Bollywood Life : ...What to do: If soul searching and matters beyond your mundane existence intrigue you then Tamasha is the perfect film to watch. Also we need more of RK in our lives I say! ... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Imtiaz Ali makes good films. You could even call him the authority on love stories with a sufi flavour. But Tamasha doesn't quite make the cut. Not for Imtiaz, not for Ranbir and not for Deepika. Even the Mohit Chauhan and AR Rahman combination of music seems like a leftover from Rockstar. There was so much potential here. So much the team could've achieved. But in the end, despite some flashes of brilliance here and there, Tamasha turns out to be no show. Ironically, it has a story that tries to ward off mediocrity in everyday life, and yet the film only manages to evoke mixed reactions. ... full review
So-So, by PTI, Free Press Journal : ...It isn’t. Yet, thanks to the chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika and the occasional stretches when they plunge headlong into their roles, Tamasha is no washout either. Watch Tamasha for the verve that the leads bring to the table even when there isn’t much on it to dig one’s teeth into. ... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...Ali tries to be a dream peddler with this one, with only partial success. Tamasha could still inspire you if you looked beyond the execution and peered into the heart of the story. We'll call a spade a spade, and tell you that you might not get as entertained as you'd expect from a Kapoor-Padukone romance. However, we hope this mild misfire doesn't really impact Ali's own dreams - he does have some really good ones, you know. ... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...The musical segment filmed in Corsica is wholesome; the same cannot be said of the music when the scenes return to India. Close-up camera is used effectively to capture delicate moods. ... full review
So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...But even as the story stumbles, Ranbir and Deepika power through. They have a special kind of talent — the ability to be both extraordinary and instantly relatable. They are transparent actors. Their tears have a genuine ache. ... full review
So-So, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...In the end, Tamasha doesn’t come together satisfactorily, but it’s not for a lack of trying. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five. There’s a lot to appreciate here, and more than a few moments that’ll break your heart. ... full review
So-So, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...While no one could accuse it of being subtle, Tamasha is affecting in parts, thanks in large measure to its lead players. Kapoor, with his gift for light comedy and mimicry, outpaces Padukone in the Corsica leg, but when they return to India and things become complicated, her pain is as palpable as his (this in spite of Tara being an underwritten character). Ali’s direction has also acquired a lightness of touch; when we first see Ved as a child, the legend reads “Shimla, flashback”, a little joke but also perhaps a reference to how memories are edited into home movies in our imagination. What he might need, though, is a writing partner, someone who can supply him stories and characters that aren’t composites of what he’s written earlier. ... full review
So-So, by Manishaa R, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: The film does not live up to the intensity that was evident in Imtiaz Ali’s past films like Jab We Met and Rockstar. If at all, the film is worth a watch only for its brilliant locations. Watch the film if you must provided you have the tenacity to decode complex personality traits and analyse them.... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...The film might be Ranbir’s and he might be good and earnest and all that but Deepika makes a bigger impact. So, for a change, next time, turning the tables won’t be such a bad idea either. ... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Deepika and Ranbir convey their angst and passion so convincingly that you're hooked. Except for the curiosity about them, the rest of the drama is `oh,never-mind'. ... full review
Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, TAMASHA comes across as a colossal disappointment in spite of towering performances and chemistry between the lead stars. At the box-office, the film will find it difficult to sustain and negative word of mouth will further erode its business capacity to a great extent. ... full review
Thumbs down, by jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The only good thing that can be said about the film is the way it has been shot. Cinematographer Ravi Varman does credit to the genteel lanes of Shimla and the sun-kissed streets of Corsica. The music is not bad as such and had the two been accompanied by a good story, Tamasha could have surely been a delight. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sreehari Nair, Rediff : ...Ranbir Kapoor’s Ved, too, isn’t a fully-realised character and it’s to the actor’s credit that he makes it blare out. A master of segues and wild improvisations, it’s the digressions from real-life conversations that sends Ved over the rainbow. ... full review
zala_kz: #tamasha is the one of the best movie of 2015. it's music,starcast,direction all are very good and fabulas acting by all @utvfilms
WriterPravin: " Tamasha " inspiring film... All credit goes to imtiyaz Ali...
ViratForLife: To know what real cinema you need to go&watch #Tamasha.It defines every aspect of cinema perfectly❤️ U can't miss this film @deepikapadukone
ViraKarshan: Tamasha is good! What's impressive is unbelievable 'Chemistry' bw RK & Deepika And their acting! Fav @deepikapadukone is simply awesome
Vijay_SRK: Tamasha is good. @deepikapadukone is the best actress of present times. Ranbir is brilliant.
TOONTRAFFIC: #Tamasha ia the most beautiful portrayal of disconcerted selfpossesion.No one could play this better than Ranbir Kapoor.
TheSharmaji: #Tamasha when a movie touches the soul.
theholygooner: Don't care what critics say but i absolutely loved #Tamasha . Top actors,wonderful music and Imtiaz @deepikapadukone your new fan.
TarakantaMantri: feeling nice after seeing the movie #tamasha very nice acting of #raanvier #dipika and awesome movie .
tanwarnavratan: Aftr long time awesome #Tamasha seen very well done guys @RKDPFans @deepikapadukone ranbeer imtiaz really thanks a lot must watch
subjudiced: Besides being bollywood at key places, Tamasha is certainly watchworthy. Excellent performance by Ranbir though.
ssanjeevmishra: If you love cinema, #Tamasha is the movie for you.
SRKholicSumit: Tamasha = Life. Thank you Imtiaz.
SonaliSk2: Watched tamasha today !! I must say @deepikapadukone #ranbirkapoor are so talented
Siddanth_Iyer: Surprisingly.. Tamasha doesn't go with the name. It's a beautiful movie. :)
shloksheth301: Loved #Tamasha
SharmaPrashoon: #TAMASHA #if u miss to watch @TamashaOfficial movie u miss the BEST
Sethumadhavan: #Tamasha-Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone are impressive of course.
RKDramebaaz: #Tamasha is so fucking beautiful. Can I start by saying that this is my dad's story? And how relatable this movie is?
RK_PRAX: #TamashaReview #Tamasha I toh loved it simply
rj_ekta: #safarnama makes you remember your journeys... the happy ones, the sad ones and the epic ones!! #tamasha #stillinside
ratna1001: Tamasha..... Wow what a movie... Imtiaz Ali leaves his mark in his style.... Ranbir steals the show....
RanbirDeepika28: #Tamasha really hit me hard. I have no words to describe it. And @deepikapadukone & #Ranbir's chemistry can start fires! Best film of 2015❤️
raj4thakore: #Tamasha @deepikapadukone and ranbir spreadin there magic on scrn.amazing work by both..fell in love with deepika #again ..grt direction
purvs3: #Tamasha is one of the finest movies I've seen ! What a story, what an execution & what brilliant performances !
pruthvisai24: A treat for the eyes.
prashant2975: #Tamasha Superb performance by deepika and ranbir both.. a movies with a message. ..follow your heart... .
PIZZAFIEDbabe: Tamasha movie bohat achi hai
niyati89: What a #Tamasha ....brilliant!!
nikita_lall: #Tamasha And the very important message that it conveys. (2/2)
nikhj: #Tamasha a well written and very well executed story,brilliantly performed by RK &DP.In a way asking us to think why do we do what we do?
NawazHussain94: Imtiaz Ali, a great movie with an amazing message, once again. It was a heart warming #Tamasha
Nash_Varunesh: #Tamasha Is The Best Movie Which Can Be Related To Everyone's Daily Life... #RanbirKapoor And @deepikapadukone At Their Best In This Movie.
NanbanCreations: Good bookings for #Tamasha in Kerala Super Hit.... 4/5 #RanbirKapoor @deepikapadukone @tamashaofficial
Nagendra_panwar: #Tamasha Master Piece,even after 12 hours I am still into world of #VED #Tara. @deepikapadukone in another league altogether #mustwatch
MrinalSK88: Tamasha, awesome movie. Unconventionally shot. At times feels lost. But great non linear narration and story...
mitk30: Like many earlier Ranbir movies, #Tamasha is about self-discovery but with Imtiaz Ali's touch
mathurankit88: #Tamasha in simple bhasha - Follow your dreams and you'll go big, follow others' and you'll end up staying 'normal'. 3.5/5. :)
match_freak: Tamasha - a masterpiece... Amazing .. Just wonder about the professionalism of these 2 beautiful individuals @deepikapadukone and Ranbir
manasthakur70: #tamasha This movie is next expelation on movie like 3 idiots & tare jammeen pe....so must watch.
kneerudge: I thought #Tamasha was good. I also think many ppl wont like it as much.
khadzayn: TAMASHA IS AMAZING GUYS WATCH IT WATCH IT!
KaramjitSingh_: Rockstar made me wana learn d Guitar, #Tamasha makes me wana b more of wat I really am #Imtiaz #RanbirKapoor #Deepika u Geniuses!
JjJordanfan5: Tamasha Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwww
iRohiniT: RT deepikapadukone: RT ArmaanMalik22: Loved #Tamasha
iphone5wala: I like tamasha movie
iKusalSanjeeva: #Tamasha is such a wonderful movie!! ❤☺ #RanbirKapoor & @deepikapadukone are magical in it
iAnishKumar: #Tamasha is a brilliant movie and #RanbirKapoor acting stole the show. Very well directed by #ImtiazAli
iamaamirshah: Tamasha dimagh se nikal hi nahin rahi... Amazing movie
HmmAurBata: #Tamasha Intense. Gripping. Loved it. #review
Fraud_Mallu: #DeepikaPadukone - wow! #RanbirKapoor - back with a bang! #Tamasha
DhakadDude: Saw a masterpiece #tamasha Today, watch it only if you liked #rockstar or #highway - for rest who dint - #dilwale is releasing on 18th Dec!
CobainKiMeera: Tamasha. One of the most beautiful movies in contemporary Bollywood. Ranbir Kapoor showed his real potential and touched skies! #Tamasha
Chirag4849: Superb movie #Tamasha @deepikapadukone awesome acting...
CaDer_05: #Tamasha Classic Except people who are mentally ill, Class Movie audience love it @itsaishwarya @arrahman #RanbirKapoor
BeingSardar: Watched #Tamasha . Ranbeer and deepika are great. There is a plot and theres no plot.
avntkrn: #Tamasha totally lived upto the expectations. Cast, acting, story, music.. #flawless @deepikapadukone @TamashaOfficial #Ranbir #ImtiazAli
ArthVyas: Superb movie #Tamasha @deepikapadukone & ranbir r excellent. Awsm chemistry. @TamashaOfficial is classy which wud repel mass. #Thanksgiving
amitjaiswal2980: #tamasha #awesome #RanbirDeepikaRocks #MustWatch
AliyaShaikh17: #Tamasha is such an amazing movie!! RK and DP
Akancksha: Very fine piece. I loved it. Imtiaz is the best. #Tamasha
ajaykalavadiya: This is a simple love story of Ved and Tara but then you have a DON which completely steals the show. #Tamasha
ADFCRajasthan: Good #Tamasha I want @deepikapadukone and @ajaydevgn Together in one #Tamasha
26Sanjukta: Please go watch it. #Tamasha
_ayushi_jain: What A Fantastic Movie Loved It #Tamasha @deepikapadukone #RanbirKapoor
Tottology: Watched #Tamasha . Ranbir's acting 5/5.. Movie 2/5 .. Music 1/5 .. Deepika 2/5. Story could have been less confusing! But Good attempt...
Shru_Kam: IT FINALLY ENDED! The movie does project the art of theatre really nicely :) That's the third and last good thing. #Tamasha
mananlunia: Tamasha! A good story line but failed to potray the way it should have been potrayed! Great work by @deepikapadukone :)
gandhi9p: Except for #DP #RK and #Corssica rest was.......could have been much better knowing its #Imtiaz Ali's movie....disappointed #Tamasha
badposter: Average Tamasha.
ashish_ktbffh: Good first half Boring second half Weak story.. Only ranbir show #Tamasha
zykaar: If true life accounts of the victims is to be believed : #Tamasha should be declared a weapon of mass destruction!
vikrant02991: TAMASHA suck time waist mvie...@deepikapadukone @ImtiazAliFC @RanbeerkapoorRK
Vibhuti_afc: Tamasha sucks more than Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. This should probably tell you that it's a FUCKING HORRIBLE MOVIE.
TwittySant: Don't watch tamasha.....
sumitgautam2307: Tamasha. Disappointed with this movie....
SidDeewani: #Tamasha not just the worst movie of imtiaz ali but also the worst movie of the year maha pakau,boring and waste of time and money 30
SarwarAysha: kia bakwas movie hy #Tamasha
SalimKhaan: #Tamasha Ranbir Kapoor is good actor misused by his directors...
RajaulHaque: Tamasha is headache... Dont waste ur money.. I respect Ranbir & he was Awesome..
raichura0411: Flop #Tamasha
pramodvaidya476: Flop movie..can i have my 150 Rs back #Tamasha
Karishma0422: Omg I cnt believe how awfull Tamasha was !!
JitendrajadavJ: Ab pata chala k film ka naam tamasha kyu rakha hai..ho gaya tamasha..panoti katreena jab se ranbir ki life mai aayi hai floped pe flop di
iamskulkarni: +1 RT @Vibhuti_afc: Tamasha sucks more than Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. This should probably tell you that it's a FUCKING HORRIBLE MOVIE.
iamavn: #Tamasha Imtiaz Ali really disappoint this time. Ranbir & Deepika were jst amazing but movie is not what I've expected for.
IamAmitThakkar: #Tamasha is such a worst movie
gurbanisuneja: Why created this Tamasha !! #Tamasha #ImtiazAli
guptajyoti12: Mr Imtiaz Ali JABWEMET had never thought that you will do such #Tamasha of a ROCKSTAR, now audience will think twice to LOVE(Ranbir)AAJKAL
gautamdielove: #TAMASHA SIRF FLOP HI NAI, , , AUDIENCE K PAISO ME AAG LAGA DE,AISA MOVIE
froginishq: #Tamasha rests on premise of telling a story of storyteller falls short on telling its own story-multiple narrative modes left unwrapped
dhrumilpatel: And a Shitty Movie #Tamasha ! ~ #Intolerance sample.
deo26: Masala film makers are better product makers than intellectual makers who make boring cinema! #Bollywood #Tamasha
clickingPhantom: Tamasha: shittiest movie in long time. Bored me to the core
Being_Harshu: Ranbir deserve this flop....#Tamasha
anuragsharma27: 30 minutes and I can't tolerate it. @yasser_aks Why didn't you warn me? #Tamasha
AboutAlok: तमाशा मूवी का नाम "चुतियापा" होना चाहिए #Tamasha
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