The Story Teller of Life: Tamasha


Who are you? Where do you belong? And most importantly, where do you find yourself? Well, all these questions are obviously not answered in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha. However, what is told is that the journey via these questions is what makes our destination beautiful. These questions, when asked to ourselves, are what make us unique and special.

The movie commences with a theatrical act of two people, one enacting as a robot, a normal human.  The other is a clown, the one that is always laughed at and in reality, a human’s heart. The robot/humans try to depict/ mock at the daily lives of people and how they are just surviving and not living.

The director then turns the wheel of the clock and takes us back in time to the serendipitous meeting of the two protagonists, Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) and Tara (Deepika Padukone) in Corsica. But what makes this meet special is that the two decide to not to reveal themselves and take a pledge to Only tell lies about themselves and never meet again. Never. Interesting, isn’t it? Who doesn’t want to escape from themselves? As an individual, everyone, at least once dreams of going to a place where no one knows them. No acquaintances mean no boundaries, no limits and no constraints. On one hand there is Ved, childlike in nature and cinema lover at heart and on the other is Tara a fun and adventurous girl who knows what she wants. The two have a time of their lives. echoing their voices through the mountains, entertaining random people in the restaurant, trekking and 'living’ each and every moment. Tara by the end of her journey realizes her feelings for Ved, but has to return back to Kolkata, her hometown.

A few years later the two meet again, semi accidentally. Tara confesses her feelings and Ved accepts, but something changed meanwhile. The guy she fell in love with was not with her even though she was beside him.

Ever wondered why we call all the enthusiasts, the energetic, the fun lovers, childish, childlike? Probably because these traits are only visible in childhood. With each passing year, things become complicated or so is what is believed. We are told to look at this life in a complicated manner, losing the fun, the zeal something that makes us different and the emotions, that actually make us human. Ved, the person who would talk to mountains, drink water from the river straight like an animal had lost himself in the crowd too. (Tara's words not mine). He had lost himself in the race no one knows about, not even himself. The race that he did not choose to be a part of. Being in the world is a tough job with constant battles and the toughest one being who we are.

Tara, later dares to do what no one in Ved's life had done. She shows him the mirror, tells him that he is just playing a role in his real life, that he is betraying himself. She tells him that this was not the Ved she had been with. But what could be the reaction of a person whose feelings had been suppressed his whole life. What do such people do when they finally find a person who are a trigger or the mirror in which they find their reflection? Ved, shows a different shade. His words like “Yes, please hide me from the world, please suppress me like others” show his emotions pretty well. He was lost, broken and unable to express himself. He tried to move out of the system, do things his own way but the society pushed him back. The film successfully shows the confusions and complexity people face when they are on the forced path of the society.

“We all are different from inside but helpless from outside”. The search is within and we all know it. But who can deny the fact that the truth and the world itself, is hard to face.   “Tu koi aur hai, jaanta hai tu, is duniya ke saamne ek nakaab hai “the song and its lyrics portray the exact phase that we all go through or have been through. The song convinces people to stop, hit a pause and just open their closed eyes. It persuades people to stop running blindly with the world that is unaware itself, rather, sit back and introspect and they will know what they want.  

Tamasha, with AR Rahman’s magical compositions, walks you through the different sets of emotions and setbacks.  Matargashti and its different acoustic versions depicting the different versions of Ved and the way he was leading his life are worth appreciating as well. A cheerful and energetic tone in Corsica; a happy tone that could sooth your ears and elate your heart when Ved and Tara meet for the first time in Delhi and Tara confesses her feelings for Ved. And then, a sad version, perhaps for a broken heart when Tara tells that the Ved she was with in Delhi was not the one she was looking for. And finally, the soothing version along with a sense of happiness when Ved realizes who he really is, what he really wants and actually takes on that path.

Imtiaz Ali also made clown, the heart a significant part of the movie. The character that was only shown when Ved was truly happy, when he followed his heart.  Towards the end, he makes it clear through the dialogues, the cinematography and the apt songs that at the end of the day, it is our life and there is no other writer of it, but us. There is no one to be scared of, and no one we should be pleasing except us. The route of heart is the right path and everything is fine if we are contented and satisfied with ourselves.

To the reader as a writer, I have just one message:

Stop seeking your story in others’, as for you there is just one storyteller. Who? You!