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Tamasha Review: Strong leads but plot falls short

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A promising premise, unconventional treatment, luminous visuals and energetic performances by the lead pair of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone make Tamasha a distinctive love story. Yet, it isn’t the sort of film that is likely to send audiences into paroxysm of delight. Superficiality and predictability are the undoing of Tamasha.

Writer-director Imtiaz Ali knows his onions all right and the director of photography S Ravi Varman composes frames that are both bewitching and evocative. At a basic level, therefore, Tamasha is a film that would pass muster by most yardsticks. But given the benchmark that the film seeks to touch, it falls disappointingly short.

Two young individuals desperate to give the stories of their lives the spin that they deserve make for a fascinating duo. If only the exploration of true love had the depth of their dreams, Tamasha would have been an outright winner.

It isn’t. Yet, thanks to the chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika and the occasional stretches when they plunge headlong into their roles, Tamasha is no washout either.

Watch Tamasha for the verve that the leads bring to the table even when there isn’t much on it to dig one’s teeth into.

 

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