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Tamasha is a musical ode to story telling, a peotic journey in which you have to dive down the way you did as a kid while listening or reading stories. The basic concept of the movie is not new, its about finding the hidden self but the way its presented by Imtiaz Ali is a pure magic. Being an author and a story teller I related with Tamasha. I found myself in Ved, my struggle to be a writer was similar to him, its the struggle within to be brave and throwing the coward of your soul out and to do what you love. The narration of the film is poetic throughout, special thanks to the genius Mr. AR Rahman for a superb background score and amazingly apt music in the songs. From the very outset in the opening shot Imtiaz captures ur eyes and concentration with the stage scene, truly innovative and artistic screenplay. The cinematography of Ravi Varman is extremely pleasing and mesmerizing, Corsica is heavenly which added the beauty in his camera work. Editing of Aarti Bajaj is fine too. The dialogues are great, simple yet effective. Special mention of these two dialogues, ‘Bachpan naam ka naag’ and ‘Hota Ret hai par Dikhta Paani hai’. But All credit goes to Imtiaz Ali for his supreme direction, with every film his craft as an artist is reaching a new zenith. I think he is the best director who gives us resounding romantic stories in our era. Talking about Ranbir Kapoor, well he is a mine of talent. No doubt he delivers his best performance to date, layered and Controlled. You laugh with Ved, you cry with and for Ved, you fall in love with Ved. His Dev Anand act, his dialogue delivery everything is top class. Deepika yet again shines as Tara. Their chemistry is praise worthy, you want them to be together. I want to mention about Piyush Mishra also, as a master story teller he is just brilliant. The Kid who play’s young Ved is too cute and adorable. Songs are superb, helps the narration to move forward. ‘Safarnama’, ‘Matargashti’, ‘Heer’, ‘Tum Saath Ho’ even ‘Wat wat’ makes you sing while watching and in short Mr. Rahman makes his presence felt throughout.
No creative work is perfect and ‘Tamasha’ too has few glitches (The ring return episode looks unreal) but they can be overlooked because Imtiaz has made a powerful film and his intention is pure. ‘Tamasha’ is trying to say that don’t be satisfied with the stories you hear around you, create your own myth, choose your own story. Here Ali used Love as the reason behind the self discovery. Its not a film for everyone, you need to be a story lover, real movie buff and poetic to love this film. I had a great time watching it, was in tears mostly in the 2nd half, finding the abstract emotions in it, will come back again to watch as its a film which grows on you with time. Unconventional yet entertaining and falls in the commercial zone of films, Imtiaz you made an uplifting film. Do watch it once, I’ll go with 4 stars.