Love Tamasha

I watched Tamasha the other day on television and could finally (and gladly) let go of the regret of not catching its show in a nearby multiplex. I love the way Imtiaz Ali delves into the complexities of human nature and creates imperfect yet perfectly identifiable and lovable characters. Tamasha though, seemed a little far-fetched to me.

Ranbir Kapoor’s Ved had his own demons and challenges to face, but what struck me as odd was Deepika Padukone’s Tara. The Corsica setting, the closeness and the uninhibited candour were indeed the right ingredients for sparks to fly and fill her star-lit eyes with dreams of again accidentally running into the one person she felt deeply connected with.

While Ved reciprocates her feelings, the stark difference between the footloose and supremely confident on-vacation Ved and the almost non-existent sycophant she comes across in real life startles her. Yet, the charmed lady carries on with the relationship until she’s forced to break the this-isn’t-you news to him when he’s about to propose to her.

She’s heartbroken, in a dilemma, but still very much in love with him. When he calls her back after a few days she apologises to him (for telling the truth!) for touching a raw chord somewhere inside him. The insufferable guy however, rebukes her and simply takes off to demonstrate his mental instability in a series of disturbing events later at work and home.

But, like in any love story all’s well in the end since he has his Eureka! moment of illumination, finally realises how right she had been all the way and comes back to her. What does she do? She takes him back, because she loves him and cannot live without him. How simple, sweet and convenient!

What point is there to prove here? Does it mean that being in love silently implies that we’re bound to accept any kind of nonsense that’s thrown at us? Does being madly in love make us lose our self-respect? If this is the victory of love, then I’m obliged to ask if Ved would’ve done the same if Tara had gone nuts for some reason.

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38 thoughts on “Love Tamasha

  1. True 🙂 we had watched it in theatre and found it more naatakbaazi than realistic…The director it seems went to extreme in exploring his brand of story and the sudden transformation of Ranbir was also not very convincing…i mean how could one person have so extreme personalities irrespective of change of circumstances..

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    1. The first half was ok…it was the second half where the director lost track of what he wanted in the story. Losers can make good stories too…Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa for example. In the end the viewer cries for Shahrukh inspite of every wrong thing he does.
      Here the whole ‘forced’ by parents issue is handled in a very amateurish way.

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      1. Well, a hero who loses the heroine but graciously accepts it is the loser. Like Salman Khan in Saajan. But the antihero is the one who cant have the girl and wont let anyone else have her either. Like Shahrukh Khan in Anjaam or Aamir Khan in 1947 Earth.

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      2. Thanks for that enlightenment…But i did like darr a lot even though it would fall under the category of loser..How i hoped then that sharrukh gets kkk kiran and sympathized with him him even though he committed lot of atrocities there 🙂

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      3. I liked Darr for the songs and Juhi Chawla. To be honest I felt only slightly bad for Shahrukh when he died in the end. The guy deserved it. I dont think you can get away with attempted murder and violent stalking on the name of love. It is simply misguided infatuation.

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      4. Yes true…i think what people liked about antihero was probably because he did not even get a chance to confess love to the heroine and secondly may be his closeness to his Mom was also an imp factor which might have tilted sympathy in his favour…But all in all he did need to visit a therapist i think 🙂

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  2. Hee…..heee…this review made me giggle…even if it is written in a serious vein…Most of the times we forget or hesitate to ask such critical questions to our own selves when we are entrapped in a situation be it relationship….Yooohoo credit goes to you for doing just that…

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    1. Haha..now I’m giggling too. 😉😅
      Love makes people do weird things. Then there are the many things hammered into our minds through books…stories etc that love has to be selfless. Guess that is somewhere responsible in making us turn a blind eye to our own selves at times. 😑

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      1. The selfless part should be applicable to both parties if considered universal and intrinsic to the phenomenon…..at times Hindi movies are pure lifts or majorly influenced by Hollywood isms and the ethos does not at all jell with Indian philosophy or mentality…yet we accept it somewhat under compulsion because that is what a Ranbir or a Deepika is doing/saying/believes in and all that blah blah….we seldom apply our minds or listen to our inner voices which can be most of the times upto a kind of rebellion….yet that rebellion has not been magnified on the silver screen in a larger than life version…..and therefore it is insignificant and not worth paying attention to….in the long run what sells is what inspires….

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      2. Sad state of affairs, isn’t it? The way casual sex is so easily portrayed in movies nowadays makes me wonder upon the effect it has on young impressionable teenagers who must be thinking it is ‘cool’ to do such things since their screen idols do it and get away with it. 😑
        The closest it came on silver screen was through Bajirao Mastani or Ishaqzaade, I feel. It was pure rebellion, and I’m assuming it was for pure love too. But such stories are few and far between.

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  3. the only dilemma in the movie was whether the person Tara loved was real or not! I totally get the concept that you can choose a setting to be completely different from who you really are, but Ved goes overboard! I like the dissection you’ve done…and your parting shots are amazing 🙂

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    1. Exactly. When he’s happy he’s too happy and when he’s just doing his job he’s a pain. Tara’s decision was a bit confusing for me. Can a person capable of so much transformation remain ‘normal’ at all?
      Thanks for the comment. Welcome here. ☺

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  4. I didn’t like the movie it was too slow for my taste…Ranbir the split personality n Deepika d confused… Really why did she wait till d proposal to reject him??… His anger I still felt was ok, not d treatment but d feeling of anger… She did wait till he proposed…n Deepika forgiving him, women in love do that, whether influenced by movies or not don’t know…but by n large women forgive easily…so I could still relate to it…😊

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  5. We women are made from a different mould altogether, what to do! 😄😄😄
    There were lots of questions unanswered that made the movie a rather lousy experience. Like in Rockstar Ranbir’s transformation was explained and captured in detail, here it was like he was let loose to groan without telling why. An established professional like Deepika doesn’t think twice even after being insulted so much. Love, what is thy purpose? 😁

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    1. 😂😂.. Profession doesn’t change the genetic makeup u see 😉…n it all depends upon what u give importance to, if love it is then I have seen women even ready to forget the first infidelity even though professionally independent… So what Ranbir did was nothing…

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