A lot of people must have read Murakami’s famous quote “Don’t you think it would be wonderful to get rid of everything and everybody and just go some place where you don’t know a soul? Sometimes I feel like doing that. I really really want to do it sometimes”
Tamasha takes it one step further where we have our protagonist going to a picturesque Corsica just to not know anybody and that’s where he meets two interesting people. Himself and his soul mate Tara (the prettiest Deepika Padukone).
Inspired from Shakespere’s line “All the world’s a stage” Tamasha is a cathartic journey of a ‘don by birth but robot by existence’ kind of a boy named Ved (which is most of us), who also likes himself to be known as Don when he is not under the pressure to live in a civilised manner amongst sober civilians. Ved that is more like an animal who talks to the mountains and drinks water from the flowing streams and his anguish is to look out for when he is tamed by the society.
Tamasha is a journey which penetrates through the several masks which our own existence unknowingly make us wear until a point we ourselves forget who we really are. There was something special about Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) since childhood and even he knew what he enjoyed until a point his real self was crushed down under the garb of ‘growing up’.
Our boy and his soulmate meet in the most typical fashion in a pretty Corsica and what they do after that was absolutely atypical. They decide to not follow the usual route of ‘chasing the girl and she falling for him’, and instead they decide to put on a mask and make sure that they don’t let each other know who they actually are, they decide to lie to each other about their identities while they are together and never meet again after that.
But Imtiaz Ali, the conjurer of emotions that he is , has another plan and he introduces us to their ‘real’ self while they believe they are actually wearing a mask.
Girl and boy come back to civilisation and the boy has to put on his mask again, a mask imposed by the society and put on by our guilt. The girl who still has a lingering taste of the boy’s madness is absolutely smitten by him till an extent that she almost stalks him and finds him again after about 4 years. But this time with an actual mask which he is donning.
They go out and do the couple rituals only to realize she loved the man she met in Corsica and not an ordinary average person that he had become wearing masks of responsible son, polite employee etc and she refuses to be with him. But what she also realises is that he is the only person that she would ever want to be with because the guy whom she fell in love with was no one else but him. She tries getting him back but it’s a little late and the boy is disturbed with the way he behaves as he is in the process of getting rid off the mask which he isn’t sure if he should get rid off.
Not really getting into the extreme detailing but from the character of story-teller in Simla to the auto-driver/singer in New Delhi all of them were so real and formed the elements which bound Tamasha so tightly and beautifully. The references of Ram Leela and other classic tales have brought in a totally different flavour to this story and have just made the story all the more relatable. The performances are brilliant and everyone seems to be in ease of what they are doing. Ranbir however is the show stealer as he makes you feel bad for him in one instance and makes you laugh in the very same moment.
Music by A.R Rehman is off-beat just like the film and could be enjoyed best as an acquired taste.
My personal favourite scene is the one where Tara refuses to let Ved leave from Socials and the persistence she shows to have him back in her life. It was heart wrenching beautiful and poetic.
For the ones who are succumbed by the energy it generates with the plethora of things that the film is trying to tell it is definitely more than a one time watch and for the rest it may seem a little slow. But it’s poetic, it has its metaphors (the robot with the heart was so real) and it has so much to do with philosophy.
What I wished to see further was what Ved was like after Tara left him in Corsica and what did he feel about her, as that would make their love story a little more intense, but maybe it wasn’t about their love-story and was more about his journey of self-discovery.
A film should evoke something in you and move you in any fashion and Tamasha does it so effortlessly and in abundance. Concept may seem something you have seen before but watch it for it’s extra-ordinary treatment and interesting presentation and just for the fact that it can evoke so much of realism and emotions just in a span of 151 minutes.