Ved (Ranbir) and Tara (Deepika) meet in sun-kissed Corsica. They decide to put on an act- Ved masquarades Don and Tara, Mona Darling. They decide to adhere strictly to lies to introduce themselves and not get intimate. They borrow a tag that is quintessentially Vegas – “what happens in Corsica, stays in Corsica”. For a week, they have indescribable fun in their fictional world- and then they move on.
Tara returns to Kolkata and Dev to the drudgery of a corporate job in Delhi. They meet again four years later when Tara’s work takes her to Delhi. She has fallen for the person that was Don in Corsica but when she meets the real Ved, a buttoned-up yes man to his boss who is content following the schedule in a nine-to-five job, she is disillusioned. She rejects Ved’s proposal.
This leads Ved to question his “path” in life. He grew up in Shimla listening to tales from an elderly banjara (Piyush Mishra) and dreamt of being a storyteller. But his dreams were cruelly quashed and he followed what his demanding father (played by Javed Shaikh) wanted him to do – get an engineering degree and a management career.
Tamasha is a good looking film, the frames are picture perfect. Imtiaz Ali puts forward an interesting premise – can love born in a conducive environment sustain in the ordinariness of real life? Add to that the effective duo – both Ranbir and Deepika have done a fabulous job. Ranbir is brilliant and seamlessly transitions from Don to real Dev; Deepika holds her own. There are moments in the film which make you smile.
There are too many messages in the story, which bog the film down. The first half looks pretty but does little to build any connection between the audience and the leads. As a result, the viewer has little empathy for them. Also, the film would have been crisper with a shorter first half. The film loses tempo once the story moves to Delhi.
Though Tamasha falls short of expectation, it is a one-time watch for Ranbir and Deepika.
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Rating : 3/5
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone
Director: Imtiaz Ali