Tara meets Ved in an emergency situation in Corsica and ends up being helped by an unknown stranger in him. They decide to spend the rest of their vacation together and planning in advance not to hook up with each other due to their situation. They go to an extent of faking their own names. All goes rosy, only for Mona Darling (one needs to have watched enough old Hindi movies to get the imaginary names!) to find out that she has feelings for Don. She leaves Corsica to India with a heavy heart. But she instead decides to chase Don and somehow finally gets to meet him 4 years later in Delhi. What happens thereon is what Tamasha narrates to us in a very unconventional setting.

Running Time:
139 min
Release date:
27 November 2015
Directed by:
Imtiaz Ali
Produced by:
Sajid Nadiadwala
Imtiaz Ali
Written by:
Imtiaz Ali
Ranbir Kapoor
Deepika Padukone
Music by:
A. R. Rahman
Shot by:
Ravi Varman
Editing by:
Aarti Bajaj
Distributed by:
UTV Motion Pictures

What’s Hot

  • Ranbir and Deepika are stellar in their renditions of Ved Vardhan Sahni and Tara Maheshwari not withstanding Don and Mona Darling. If Ved portraying the monotonous routines of a working-class and Tara portraying a yearning ladylove are immaculate enough, Ranbir’s acting prowess when he goes into an emotional breakdown and Deepika’s way of dealing with it, is superlative.
  • Ravi Varman’s camera has managed to capture the eye-candy sceneries of Corsica, Delhi’s galis and Himachal apart from the angles that capture intricate details of the emotions underlying the characters in the movie.
  • If there can be a perennial addition to this list, it will be A R Rahman. His music and score are a treat to listeners. His background score also deserves a special mention, borrowing from the tunes and music of the songs. Irshad Kamil has done the splendid job of penning lyrics for the songs. Due to its complex narrative and dialogue-filled nature, it should have been a tough job for him, but he has managed it well.
  • Imtiaz Ali does not disappoint as the storyteller and the director. He has stayed true to his trademark movie-making style and has satisfied the fervent moviegoer. Special mention goes to the scene before the climax where Ved’s father empathises with Ved’s storytelling skills of his own life. The storytelling is also unconventional.

What’s Not

  • The story is simple and archetypal as is explained in the movie. All that is required thereon is for the screenplay to add weight to it. But Tamasha is caught in the cobweb of storytelling. If one considers this unconventional way of storytelling, the climax will be an experience, else it will fall flat!




Verdict Stamp

Tamasha is another addition to one of those breezy and light Imtiaz Ali trademark movies; just that it does not create the impact that his old movies did. Slick, power-packed performances by Ranbir & Deepika and A R Rahman’s scores are not enough to hold a crumbling screenplay.