Imtiaz Ali is a director who, through his films, has proved that he has a good understanding of emotions and is adapt at narrating stories based on human relationships. Although each of his films had a different story to offer, all of them had a kind of narrative structure that you associate only with the director.
Ali’s upcoming film ‘Tamasha’ has a tagline which reads ‘Why always the same story?’. The tagline catches your attention and you look forward to a film which will offer some novelty in terms of storytelling whilst keeping the director’s inimitable style intact.
The trailer starts with Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) reciting a story to his father as a female vocalist hums something that gels beautifully with the picturesque locations unfold in front of our eyes. After that the film dangerously takes a predictable route and reminds one of films like ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ in the process. Even as the trailer trudges along a beaten path, the fun banter between the lead pair, glimpses of some good music and the eye filling camerawork keeps one engaged.
Ved reminds one of several characters played by Ranbir Kapoor in the past. The one character it bears a striking resemblance to is Bunny/Kabir (the character that the actor essayed in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, his last hit). Even then one expects the actor to bring certain nuances that would distinguish this character from the ones he has earlier played. It goes without saying that the actor forms a lovely pair with Deepika. However, it pains to see the two good looking actors in one frame as while Ranbir charms one with his terrific acting skills, Ms. Padukone uses a single expression to convey all of Tara’s varied emotions.
After giving us a peek into the lives of Ved and Tara, the trailer explains us the significance of the title of the film. One gets the impression that Ranbir, for a significant part of the film, plays a free-spirited young man who organises/directs plays across the world. The trailer picks up pace during the final moments as we get a glimpse of some dramatic moments accompanied by a music piece which seemed like the preulude/interlude of a Bhangra track.
While the trailer does not offer too many surprises, it makes one look forward to a good entertainer filled with several heart-warming moments. One waits to see as to how this ‘Tamasha’ unfolds on the big screen on November 27, 2015.