I saw Tamasha yesterday. I am still not out of the pleasant feeling when I came out of the movie hall. If you have not watched the movie, I would recommend to stay away from this because this post has spoilers. First things first, I am a big fan of Imtiaz Ali. I have been following his work from Socha Na Tha. Jab we met is one movie I least liked in his filmography, closely followed by Love Aaj Kal. I even loved Cocktail in which he only worked on the screen writing part.
Few years back, when we were discussing movies, Vidhyashankar told me that directors like Selvaraghavan should stick to screen writing or novels because the potential was not converted to big screen. I feel the same with Imtiaz ali. I am a big fan of Selvaraghavan too. Their movies seem to pause in between and their voice comes out and asks the audience about what they should do next with the characters. May be I liked all their movies because mostly their lead characters are tortured souls.
Most of the people who saw Tamasha really liked the Corsica portion. To me it was just a metaphor. Corsica exists in all of us. How many times do we go to a secluded corner in our minds where we could just be ourselves when things get tough in the outer world? This is a story of two people who are in touch with their innermost part falling in love. In fact, the girl does so. When the love stemmed from the brain meets the love stemmed from the heart, what would happen? That my friend is Tamasha.
The director stayed true to the title of the movie. All the songs which are placed perfectly in the movies are some kind of show. When Matargasti starts in Corsica, we see the whole town dancing with them. When the lady misses the hero, it should have been a pathos song in any other movie, but not in this. Few Bangra performers get to stage and tell us the story of how Tara spends four years thinking about the “Don” she met in France. When the hero has a conversation with an Auto driver who originally wanted to be a singer, the song opens “Laga Wat Wat”. If you see it closely only in that song, the singer sings to an empty gallery. When the dream ends, we see the Auto Driver singing the same song in a dhaba. That is how life is, isn’t it? We do publicly what we want to do in private and we hide things which we want to show off to the world.
The scene where the “Don” is seen talking to the mountains was well placed. I am happy that it was not sea he was talking to. He was born and brought up in Shimla. He had no one to understand him. The mountains should have been his only companion. I have seen a lot of people talking to ocean in Marina beach. Sea doesn’t talk back. It doesn’t judge you. It makes you comfortable and is your real friend. Take such person and put him in a union territory which is polluted beyond redemption and you see a boring person. That is what exactly Ved is.
Two sequences stood out for me in the whole movie. First one is when Tara meets Ved after she rejects him. After the outburst of Ved, she couldn’t make him understand that she is still in love with him but not his mask as the mask tries to give away the real Ved now and then. She could see it, but she couldn’t have it. She literally clings on to Ved trying to bring down his mask and get the Don back in action. Little does she know that Ved is fighting the same battle. In a brief moment of rest they lie in the table. Tara lies in the table hoping that Ved sheds his mask and sees her point, Ved trying to let go his alter-ego and failing. He storms off the café in confusion. Tara follows him and breaks down in front of him as the words fail her. We see the transition of Ved in that scene. Will the Don who was in Corsica will go out with a girl who is kneeling and crying in front of him? No way. Will Ved let a girl cry like this public? Not a chance. Unable to decide he just moves on.
The second one is after the credits roll. It should be a flashback scene where Don and Mona Darling dancing to the tunes in their own devices. They are non-sync and look awkward. He comes closer to her and tells her that she now has the consignment of the gold (their inside joke). I wonder what he meant by that. But we know that two people who act per their mind, without disturbing the other person and still dance away to glory.
Lot of people say A.R. Rahman is God of Music in Indian Cinema. Watch out the sequence where Tara meets Ved in Delhi and pay close attention to the background score. You don’t have to see the scene to know what is going on. You can just close your eyes and relax and you will know what is happening in the screen.
There are lot of hidden things in the movie including the last scene where Ranbir Kapoor comes out to stage exactly dressed like Imtiaz ali. Overall I found the movie very interesting and I really cant wait to watch it again.