Directed by: Imtiaz Ali
Produced by: Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Production Company: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Release date: 27th November, 2015
Genre: Romance and Drama
Between a critical hit, Piku and an assumed commercial hit, Bajirao Mastani, Deepika Padukone delivers outstanding performance, followed by Ranbir Kapoor. Though, Kapoor gets more of the story (no feminist issues), Padukone outshines him. Imtiaz Ali fails at creating chemistry between the characters of Don (Kapoor) and Mona Darling (Padukone), though there is chemistry between Tara and Ved, played by Padukone and Kapoor, in the latter half of the film. Sadly, by the time we see chemistry sparkling, the movie ends.
So the story goes like, (no spoilers), that Deepika Padukone has lost her one bag that she shouldn’t have lost, which had her money, passport, mobile phone, and all the necessary items. Ranbir Kapoor enters and helps Padukone and they introduce themselves as Don and Mona. In the part of the film based in Corsica, both of them promise to not reveal their identities, and forget each other once out of Corsica, because what happens in Corsica, stays in Corsica. Both Don and Mona fall in love with each other, and their story ends there.
Later, Tara (Padukone) spots Ved (Kapoor) at Socials, Delhi and then both of them fall in love all over again, when she realizes that this is not the man whom she felt in love with. The man she loves isn’t a regular office going guy. Kapoor proposes marriage to her, but she rejects him and goes back to her normal life, after asking him to marry her (yes!). Years later Ved goes back to Tara and then they live happily ever after!
What’s there to look out for?
Movie after movie, this woman is proving her mark in the industry. She did it last year, earlier this year with Piku, now with Tamasha, and later with Bajirao Mastani. Not only have Piku and Tamasha been box office hits (till now), but Padukone’s performance has, also, taken the audience by charm. She perfectly contributes to each and every assignment she takes up. In Tamasha, she plays a ‘life loving’ girl, and with what ease. In the initial part of the movie, where she meets Kapoor in Corsica, her performance over shadows him. She plays the character of an unidentified girl with beautiful ease. She does the second half also pretty well, but she is hardly there in it.
If the songs are Rahman’s composition, how can they not be to look out for. He has a great understanding of music, and no one can beat his talent. Matargashti is the one song that can, alone, grab a huge chunk of audience. Alka Yagnik makes a BOMB, literally BOMB, comeback with Tum Saath Ho. She proves that there is no such thing as tradition. The voice of her’s brings back those days of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and Aapke Pyaar Mei. She proves that she is here to stay and to give grave competition to Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan and their likes.
What was thought and what we got!
Direction & Script
Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Highway, all these movies have taken Imtiaz Ali to a whole different level. But Ali fails to do it this time. Not that the direction isn’t good, but he can do it better. He captures Corsica, Kolkata and New Delhi beautifully, and plays with the camera and characters alike, but, again, he can do it better. Also, I feel that Ali could have worked more upon the script. The whole of the movie shows exactly the same amount of Corsica as the trailer does (not literally, but yeah), which is not what anyone would have expected.
Ali and Kapoor nailed it in Rockstar together, but this time around, their magic doesn’t work. Ranbir Kapoor fails to charm the audience, specially in the initial half. He doesn’t do any wonder in the second half also, but it gets better at least. Again, the trailer alone shows the best faces of Kapoor, and that is enough. I am disappointed.
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone disappoint after Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Though they look wonderful together in the second half, but in the initial half, their magic does not work, and by the time the sparkle happens, half of the audience would have already left.
All in all, the movie is a nice take if you love Deepika Padukone, but to see her on screen for just 30 minutes and not a nice Ranbir Kapoor for the other 90 minutes is not what you would want. Imtiaz Ali climbs one step down after Tamasha. Brownie points for Alka Yagnik and A. R. Rahman.
The self discovery part works for the film, but a little too late!
My Rating: 2.5/5