Once in while, we come across a movie or a script that’s so finely written and executed that it leaves you awe. Especially when it comes to Bollywood, there are movies with great scripts and direction or there’s no movie at all. For a movie buff and a Bollywood critic like me, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer Tamasha has been one of my favourites and one of those movies which not everybody could understand.
Forget about being able to relate to it, there were majority of them who were actually cursing Imitiaz Ali and criticising the whole cast and crew! While they were busy removing the nooks and weaknesses of the movie in every possible way, I was busy in giving my condolences at a funeral. Wondering who died? Their taste in movies and finest writings.
Yes, Tamasha did have its own set of flaws, but the beauty of the movie was stronger and deeper enough to hide them all.
Not many people are aware of the fact that earlier Imtiaz Ali was thinking about naming the film- ‘Window Seat’. We are glad that he didn’t go ahead with this idea. ‘Tamasha’ is a hindi word which means ‘drama’ or ‘putting up an act.’ Isn’t that what we do in our daily lives?
On a daily basis, we wear a mask of someone that the society is expecting us to be — an ideal person as per Sharma uncle or Mehra Aunty. Ved was a synonym or an ideal example of that ‘ideal-society-like-someone.’ On the other hand, a daunting, career oriented, self opinionated and an independent woman, Tara met Ved on her vacation to Corsica. Their journey began with “Hum apne baare mein jo bhi kahengey, jhooth kahengay. Jhooth ke sivaa kuch nahi kahengay.” Hence, Tara transformed into ‘Mona Darling’ and Ved into ‘Don’. But were they actually lying to each other at that time? This is when the real story begins.
A fortnight long affair has such a long lasting effect on Tara that she ended her relationship with her boyfriend back in Kolkata and started a new life. She was either absolutely immersed in her work or totally inattentive in meetings. In those 4 years away from Ved, she found solace in night walks and binge eating. This is what I’m talking about – Ali’s way to express emotions isn’t from words or facial expressions. He lets the eyes do the talking. Woh kehte hain na, ‘aakhon he aakhon mein ishaara ho gaya’, something of that sorts.
Enter Ved! After getting transferred to Delhi, Tara somehow managed to find Ved. But it’s not how she imagined him to be. Tara was still living in Corsica’s ‘tamasha’, but she shattered into pieces when she realised that Ved was ACTUALLY serious about his ‘role’ being confined only to that place, amidst the mountains.
After breaking up with Tara, we get to see the jovial persona in Corsica is what Ved is in real. When he is all alone in his room, he behaves like his fictional character ‘Don’ in front of the mirror. But like many of us, he too had surrendered to the rat race of this world. In order to merge himself with the crowd, he too had put up with a facade as that of a person satisfied with his 9-5 monotonous job. But, how long can you lie to yourself?
The song, ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ is all about Ved and Tara’s inner turmoil. In the song, you can hear two vocal chords, when Arijit sings the line- ‘Teri nazron mein hain tere sapne, tere sapno mein hai naraazi’. This is a subtle way of Imtiaz showing those two different personalities existing within Ved. Now you see why I was saying that Tamasha is not a movie but a masterpiece!
The reality was, Ved needed an inner voice and that inner voice was Tara. Tara helped him understand what he genuinely loved, how he actually was, and the life that he was living or pretending to love was similar to digging his own grave. In the race of competing with and triumphing in the corporate world, he had forgotten his actual passion – story telling! Remember how he used to save up every penny to listen to Piyush Mishra’s stories? That is what exactly fascinated Ved.
When you have been made to live a lie all your life, there ultimately comes a point where you give it up. The same happened with Ved. In an emotional confrontation with his father, he finally had a mental breakdown and confessed his dream of becoming a story-teller. One of the lines of his speech goes like- ‘Ek din yahan se bohot kos durr, dil aur duniya ke beech, apne hero ko ek saathi mila..’
Tara knew how the corporate robot in him will eat his dreams and end up making him a victim of bipolar or multiple personalities. At the end of the movie, we see a new but old Ved again. Thanks to Tara, she bought him back to life.
Was it so difficult to understand guys? This is what we do every single day, don’t we? Pretend to be cool on social media, like the genre of music that everyone’s talking about, run after a ‘your salary is credited‘ message, leave your passion far, far away, and complain of being depressed, having anxiety or panic attacks and unable to feel yourself.
Not everyone’s as lucky as Ved to have Tara in their lives. But if you have your Tara, never let them go. I repeat, never! Tamasha in itself is a strong message for the current generation but with a meaning so intense. If you dislike Tamasha which is Imtiaz Ali’s finest work till date, I already am judging you!
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