Movie Review: Tamasha

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Untitled.pngMovie: Tamasha

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone

Release Date: November 27h 2015

Genre: Romantic Drama

This year’s Diwali season comes to a close with Imtiaz Ali’s film, “Tamasha.” This is not your average Hindi movie…so don’t expect several song/dance numbers or a typical love story. Rather, it’s an abstract drama that will keep you hooked after the first 45 minutes of the movie. Ranbir and Deepika’s characters are two strangers who meet in Corsica on vacation and decide to not share their real identities with each other for the duration of their trip. They also agree to never meet or make contact ever again…but that’s just the beginning of the story. If you’re a Ranbir Kapoor fan, this is a MUST see for you. I’m pretty sure he will be nominated for some awards for his performance in this film. Deepika’s performs well and of course still looks stunning in casual attire/minimal makeup throughout the movie. Ranbir and Deepika make excellent co-stars, as they use to be a couple in real-life!

The positives:

  1. Ranbir Kapoor’s acting is phenomenal. His character was really difficult to portray, so kudos to him! He definitely comes out of his comfort zone for this role, but with such ease and incredible grace.
  2. Focus is entirely on Ranbir and Deepika’s characters with few supporting actors.
  3. The first part of the movie is set in Corsica, France – absolutely gorgeous!
  4. No useless song/dance sequences. “Matargashti” is the fun, memorable track. “Heer tho Badi Sad Hai” is the comic relief track with authentic Bhangra dancers. Way to go A.R. Rahman!

 The negatives:

  1. The message in “Tamasha” is quite cliché, but told in a non-conventional way. This movie will hit home with the young adult/professional crowd.
  2. The first hour of the movie is slow with boring series of flashbacks… but try not to give up on it.
  1. You might feel confused for some parts of this movie, but this is the intention.
  2. If you cannot completely “let-go” while watching this film, you will probably not like it.

On the whole, “Tamasha” is worth a watch if you’re a Ranbir or Deepika fan, but otherwise don’t sweat it, especially if you’re not a fan of unconventional Bollywood movies.

Acting: 4/5
Story: 3/5
Costumes: 2.5/5
Choreography: 2.5/5
Sets/Filming Location: 4/5
Songs: 3.5/5
Eye Candy: 3.5/5
Length of Movie: 2/5
Overall: *** (3/5) or 6/10

Key:
* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit, see it in the theater!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

 

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