Tamasha - Movie Review

Movie watching, today, has become more like an adventure. And, after a few MIS-adventures recently, I visit a movie theatre with a sense of trepidation.

For Tamasha, well, everything seemed to be going in its favour, right from the word go. An impeccable and a bankable star cast of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, along with Imtiaz Ali’s crowd-pleasing direction and A. R. Rehman’s faultless musical score – the movie was a hit even before it had hit the theatres.

Well, now coming to the actual film. The film starts on the beautiful French island of Corsica (well, for those who do not know, it is also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte), where our hero, Mr. Don (Ranbir Kapoor) and our heroine, Mona Darling (Deepika Padukone) meet. The couple hit it off instantly, and decide to play a charade for 7 days where they will not exchange any truth about each other and once the week is up, they will go their separate ways, no questions asked. So, during the week, Mr. Don and Mona Darling assume several names and characters and roam around the beautiful sun-bleached landscapes of Corsica. And true to their promise, they part ways after their week is up.

Four years later, in India, in Delhi, Tara (her real name in the movie) finally meets Ved (Ranbir Kapoor in the film). Tara, who fell in love with Ved in Corsica wants to start off from where they left. Ved is more than accommodating. But, there’s a slight hitch. Ved is no more the carefree, full of life and amazing story teller Tara had met in Corsica. He is an average Product Manager in a company who eats the same breakfast every morning, works at a place he doesn’t enjoy and constantly tries to be in the good books of his boss. Tara is confused. Tara wants to stay with the real Ved, and not the automaton Ved. When she breaks off with Ved, he flips. He starts behaving differently, and even gets thrown out of work.

What happens then? Does Ved find out what is wrong with him? Do Tara and Ved finally reconcile?

Tamasha is a simple story of an average Indian only told differently. Every person is working and living like a machine, he or she wants to break free, however they can’t. For their own reasons, they keep on moving in the rat race till their last moments, shutting their beautiful and colourful dreams of the childhood which just remain that, DREAMS.

That Imtiaz Ali is a brilliant storyteller has been evident in his earlier movies. However, Tamasha will touch your heart because you will resonate with it. It’s a story of you and me, and everyone around us. A.R Rehman’s music is both peppy and soulful.

Watch Tamasha for Ranbir’s superb rendition of a man who wants to fly high, but finds his wings clipped. He is beautiful…so authentic and so believable.

As for the chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika, it’s very much still there and palpitating…makes you wonder if it’s for real???


Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani


The moment I had seen Ranbir Kappor in the foot-tapping number ‘Badtameez dil’ on the TV, I had decided to catch this movie ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ on the big screen, come what may. Keeping true to the promise, after a hiatus of more than 3 months we braved ourselves for watching the movie in a theatre with little Aanya.




The film opens with three best friends, from the backbenching days of the school, travelling to Manali on a trekking camp. Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) is a bold tomboy, Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) is not at all serious towards life and spends time in chasing girls, drinking and betting while Bunny aka Kabir Thapar (Ranbir Kapoor) is charming who flirts outrageously. Bunny is also the one who chases his dreams and doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage, as he believes; it is the same boring ‘dal-chawal’ to be eaten for the next fifty years. The last minute inclusion in their journey is the ever studious Naina (Deepika Padukone) who has always stood first in the class and never done anything in her life that a good girl isn’t supposed to do. But this time around she throws caution to the winds and embarks on this journey with people she hardly knows. Their trekking trip is a memorable affair with much masti, gana-bajana and flirting.

Eight years later, it’s Aditi’s wedding! It’s a big fat Indian ‘destination’ wedding at Udaipur, the city of palaces; frills and thrills included. This wedding also serves as kind of a reunion for the long-lost friends. Naina is a doctor now, Bunny a high-flying photo journalist while Avi is a drunk and loser. Amidst the usual ‘sangeet’ and wedding preparations, Bunny realizes that he has fallen for Naina. But one question looms large before him: can he sacrifice his globe-trotting career to settle down in a marriage to the same person for the next fifty years?

The first half is tight and funny while the second half not able to keep up with the same pace loses much of its sheen. The music in the film is quite exceptional; especially ‘badtameez dil’ is a peppy song and you feel like getting up from your seat and shaking a leg or two. Kashmir, Paris and Udaipur are and look beautiful. The characterization of Bunny is a little flawed; at one point he is looking at the flowing Seine and remarking ‘main waqt ko guzarte hue dekh raha hoon’ while a little while later, Naina asks Bunny to stop hankering after everything in the world and to sit back and enjoy the moment.

Ranbir Kapoor is the ‘jaan’ of the film. His joie de vivre is infectious and dance unbeatable. Deepika Padukone looks stunning even in bespectacled mode. She is also becoming a better actor with each film. Kalki Koechlin is good and supports the film well while Aditya Roy Kapoor fails to make much of an impression. Farooque Sheikh as Bunny’s father is sad and wise who can’t see any fault in his son. Though he has only a couple of scenes in the film, the veteran actor leaves his imprint on the viewers. Madhuri Dixit’s dance number ‘ghaghra’ simply reinforces the fact that there is still no better dancer in the industry. Age has added an air of graceful insouciance to the actress that shows in her dance too. Ayan Mukherjee seemed to have been carried away a little; the film could have done a lot better with a tighter script.

What I took from the film was:

Though it’s the time that tickles away, we are the ones who actually get spent.

Verdict: Watch this film once and let yourself fall in love with the charming Ranbir.


cocktailWatched the movie on Monday night, late night show, in one of the first multiplexes of Ahmedabad (or rather India) of which I have quite a few fond memories.

Now coming back to the movie review, I can sum up the entire film in one word but I don’t think it would be fair to my readers.

The film revolves around the lives of three people, Gautam Kapoor (Saif Ali Khan), Veronica (Deepika Padukone) and Meera (Diana Penty). It’s a sheer coincidence that their lives intersect and they start living together. Gautam is an incorrigible flirt and womaniser who believes marriage to one woman is a stale concept. Veronica, a rich spoilt kid with heart of gold, lives in an urbane locale of London where booze, drugs, parties and sex are the norms of life. And Meera is a demure conservative girl from Delhi who comes to London looking for her husband, Kunal (Randeep Hooda) who she comes to know later had married her for the dowry. Veronica takes the pretty waif under her shelter. Next, enters Gautam oozing his charm and within no time he moves in with Veronica in a ‘’no-string’’ relationship. Meera is not very comfortable with the situation but takes it in her stride. So now the three of them live under the same roof, eat, sing, and do masti. Next, we know Gautam falls in love with the simpleton Meera while Meera realizes her feelings for him. To make the matters worse, Veronica wants to mend her ways and bite the forbidden apple of marriage with Gautam.

After this point, the movie becomes a too-hot-to-handle hot pot of confused and melodramatic emotions with Gautam oscillating between the two girls, Veronica playing the perfect bitch (sorry for the language) and Meera ready to sacrifice her love for her best friend Veronica (for God’s sake guys, move over the histrionics of 70s).

Saif is good and convincing in his role of a womaniser, caring friend and helpless lover. Diana is very pretty and good in parts. But the news guys, Deepika can act. Yes actually, the wooden face did show some expressions. This should be her best movie so far in terms of acting. Dimple provides a welcome commotion while Boman Irani and Randeep Hooda are completely wasted.

The songs in the movie save a few (daaru desi, tum hi ho bandhu and jugni) fail to impress much. And for the dialogues, when Meera threw a line like “main apni friend ko dhokha nahi de sakti, Gautam. Tum mujhe bhool jaao”, I nearly went into hysterics.

It could have been an enjoyable drama had the complex feelings and emotions been subtly and deeply portrayed. What could have been a heady cocktail lost its fizz somewhere in the middle.

And though movie tickets are sinfully cheap in Ahmedabad, I could feel my money going down the drain with each passing minute.

Verdict: Watch the movie at your own peril.

And now for that single word that wraps up the film, ‘’BAKWAS’’.