Today, Imtiaz Ali’s directorial Tamasha has marked its 5th anniversary. Released on 27th November, 2015 the story sees Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. A classic cult that will go down as one of the most impactful film in India cinema history.
A movie like Tamasha is made only once in a lifetime and creator like Imtiaz Ali needs to be preserved. It beautifully signifies the importance tales and shows that everyone has a story to tell. It tells that each one of us has different interpretations of the same.
Not every movie is made for commercial purpose. Tamasha is beyond any routine love story. It’s not like a typical romantic story that pushes you to the edge of your seat. But if you’re bored with these regular love story then Tamasha will makes you experience something new.
It’s through the eyes of Imtiaz Ali that you will see an eternal Love story. It takes you into the world where you can have your own Ved and Tara and make your own story.
The tagline of the film “Why always have the same story” itself separates it from any normal romantic tale. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone form a perfect pair in here. This was their 3rd collaboration after Bachna Ae Haseeno and ‘Yeh Jawani hai Deewani‘.
The Characters Ved(Ranbir) and Tara(Deepika) are lauded by people even now. Their performances are echoed in the hearts of people. Tamasha is complex yet beautiful in its own way because of the storyline and it’s unique storytelling.
The way Imtiaz Ali has portrayed the story is different and also shows his style of narrating a tale.
Tamasha is not an ordinary tale of romance between two individuals but rather it takes you into the world of spirituality. The message of the film – to find your inner self, to discover your true self is evident of that.
Ved and Tara’s story is portrayed in a non-linear narrative which has its own beauty. Initially upon its release, people didn’t liked it that much and it received mixed responses from them. But years later, people realized that it’s more than just an ordinary story when they rewatched it.
It’s just like Farhan Akhtar’s Lakshya where the essence of the movie was realized years later. Even today people go and tell Imtiaz how it impacted their lives. It taught them the real meaning of life, love and philosophy. It helped them to talk to their selves and think beyond a routine set of norms of society.
Tamasha is Inspired from the Immortal love story of Radha-Krishna
Imtiaz Ali has taken references from the immortal love story of Radha and Krishna. Tamasha is inspired by the story of the eternal couple Radha-Krishna.
Five years ago, Ranbir spoke in a promotional event of the film about how Tara is an Indian woman rooted in our value system but she’s very modern in her approach. Radha sacrificed herself because she knew Krishna had potential and she told him ‘You go, be yourself, even though you don’t want to be with me but I will sacrifice my love for you because you can become something’. Imtiaz Ali was inspired by that and the character of Tara is also based on that.
This story is relatable and very relevant in today’s times where Tara feels relationships have become mechanical. At the same event, Deepika has also said
“Tamasha is about Ved, who is not doing what he wants to do. There is a lot of pressure from him, from his family to be a certain person and he starts losing himself in the process and he starts becoming somebody that he is not. He requires a Tara in his life to pull him out of that situation and make him understand the person that he is. This is a very relevant story and I think people will relate to Ved and Tara.”
Tamasha has every element in it, to be worth calling it a Tamasha. It has that beautiful soulful music composed by AR Rahman and songs written by Irshad Kamil. Those deeply emotional dialogues just touch your heart and will make you delve deeper into your imaginary world.
In the end, Imtiaz Ali leaves it to the audience to have their own meaning. It is open for everyone to draw their own conclusion. The love was portrayed in all its authenticity, complexity and ambiguity. Tamasha is an adventure, it’s beautiful and it’s eternal.
Tamasha is a visual spectacle. It has so many layers of emotions and complex storytelling. It leaves you into an imaginary world of your own with your own Tara/Mona or Ved/Don.
The film is infused with beautiful complex emotions about two strangers but it requires little patience and rewatching perhaps to understand because it holds a deeper message to mankind.
Relationships are complex but through Ved and Tara, we see how they are beautiful inspite of the pain that they bring. Through its concept, Tamasha serves as a mirror. It is showing a reflection of that side of yours from which you might have been running away.
Tamasha has surely touched souls across the world. It asks us to write our illusions, our own story. Tamasha is priceless. It has changed life. It has impacted and changed perceptions. And not only Tamasha, every film which has some purpose and when its purpose is to touch human soul then it is ought to create a masterpiece and ‘Tamasha’ is one such masterpiece.
Movies like Tamasha needs to be seen and celebrated. We are fortunate that we have Imtiaz Ali who has taken us into a different world altogether. Tamasha is an art and Imtiaz Ali is an artist.