Tamasha Reviews by Critics


Tamasha Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★★★☆

Imtiaz Ali is in fine fine form with Tamasha. His flair for direction, for beautiful frames, for Delhi, for abstract themes, for cinematic subtleties, for non-linear storytelling comes to the fore with Tamasha once again. Tamasha is charming, hypnotic because of the director Imtiaz and his panache for these sort of coming-of-age love stories. Tamasha is a niche film which might even seem a bit slow to few but if you stick with it, the bounty is fulfilling. His ability to extract career best performances from his leads is nothing new and it continues with Tamasha.

Tamasha Review by Bollywood Hungama

Rating: ★★½☆☆

There were extremely high expectations from the film’s director Imtiaz Ali, whose last film was the hard hitting HIGHWAY. The sad part is that with TAMASHA, Imtiaz Ali fails to live upto the expectations and falls flat with the film. The movie suffers from a plot that appears confusing and is convoluted for an avid cinegoer. The film fails to bear the trademark way of his writing and the quintessential ‘Imtiaz Ali’ style of film making. His direction fails to complement the screenplay and vice versa. The movie is not a regular run of the mill flick and the proceedings are clearly aimed at the classes rather than the masses. The film’s first 20 minutes that aims to setup the tempo and establish the character of Ranbir, might appear as boring to some. While (comparatively) the film’s first half is refreshing, the film’s second half seems to drag majorly. This hampers the film and acts as a spoilsport in the progress of the film. While on one hand, the movie gets entangled in a web of its own plot while trying to resolve Ranbir’s identity crisis, on the other hand, the movie does have its ‘wow’ and ‘not to be missed’ moments in the form of the proceedings in Corsica, Deepika’s first meeting with Ranbir in India, Ranbir’s outburst and also Ranbir’s ‘storytelling’ to his parents.

Tamasha Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★½☆☆

In a film that belongs essentially to a superb Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika does not let the screenplay shortchange her. If Ranbir is exhilarating in scenes and situations that tap his versatility, Deepika is sure and steady even when the spotlight isn’t on her and she is reduced to playing second fiddle. Tamasha is at best a one-time watch because of the sparkle the leads lend to it. It could have been so much more.

Tamasha Review by Pallavi Patra on Zeenews

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ali’s direction is, as expected, pretty good. However, the story at times lays stale – ridden with mere mishmash of cinematography and vivid colours of Corsica, offering not much until the first half. The second half, however, accentuates the intensity of the film, thanks to Ranbir’s powerful performance and Deepika’s contribution to the plot – which runs on the emotional ambiguity of the two characters.

Tamasha Review by Rukmini Chopra on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The film is haphazard in its treatment and lacks spontaneity. The first half of Tamasha is predictable. Where RK lives up to his eccentric, impulsive avatar in the first half, Deepika stumbles to play her part with the same conviction. Moreover, her character doesn’t have much to offer. So blame it on the writing. Imtiaz Ali gives us yet another soul searching film after Highway and Rockstar. After having watched Tamasha, I wish to ask Imtiaz, “What next?” Though this topic seems to be close to the director’s heart, I can’t help but think that Imtiaz’s creativity is stagnating with the same soul searching ventures over and over again. I wish to see a different plot from the filmmaker for his next. There are parts where Tamasha will test your patience. The sequences drag on unnecessarily and soon, this venture comes across as a mere compilation of scenes, having no flow. Till the time RK’s solo plot starts, this venture doesn’t have much to offer.

Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today

Rating: ★★★½☆

In all, Tamasha is vintage wine. There are inhibitions that keep you from falling head-over-heels in love with the film the first time you watch it. Once done away with the initial hesitation, Tamasha is an experience. Watch the film for, well, everything.

Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★★★½☆

What didn’t work was that the film was unnecessarily stretched to two and half hours. Besides, there were one or two logic-defying, difficult-to-relate-to scenes which seemed forcibly introduced to take the story forward.

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I really liked a lot of the second half. There’s so much good stuff going on, including the pair which strays, and then journeys towards each other. Despite its flaws, this is Ali’s most complex story, teeming with ideas, and gives us Ranbir back again, along with the lovely Deepika, even if the plot keeps losing sight of her : there are tracts when she goes missing.

Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★★★☆

Imtiaz Ali, in this film, creates a different world and makes you believe in it till the last shot of the film. The movie isn’t a conventional love story, but every emotion has been layered with justification that only Imtiaz could pull off successfully. This ‘Tamasha’ is definitely to be seen again and again. Going by the full house that came in to see the film for a 9 am show, Ranbir Kapoor had never lost any audience despite 3 flops in row.

Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham

Rating: ★★★☆☆

However, given these flaws, TAMASHA moves on and entertains. The finale matches the mood of the film as sparks fly between Ranbir and Deepika once again. Apart from the two, it’s Vivek Mushran (the ILU ILU guy from SAUDAGAR) who shines in his role as Dev’s boss. Perfect.

Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★★½☆

Tamasha could have been, but is certainly not, Imtiaz’s best – I found it better than Rockstar, but it is not as gripping as Highway. With Imtiaz’s intriguing take on love stories, scenic locations and brilliant acting by Ranbir and Deepika, it is a one-time watch, but nothing more.

Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India

Rating: ★★★½☆

The pace of the film is inconsistent, especially in the second half. Also, at one point in the latter part, the emphasis completely shifts from the love story, in which you’ve invested so much till then. Watch Tamasha because it’s beyond the ordinary and for the fantastic screen chemistry of Ranbir and Deepika.

Review by Sreehari Nair on Rediff

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

But between all that templatisation, here, Ali, very briefly tries to document darkness without trying to verbalise it. Very briefly, we see an honest film and some three-dimensional characters. The dread in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha feels real. The silliness, however, comes across as too orchestrated.

Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★★☆☆

If you watch Imtiaz Ali’s new film assuming that Deepika-Ranbir have unfinished business, you will forgive Tamasha its indulgence. The writer-director obviously knew he was dangling a carrot in front of these two Bollywood exes whose unrequited love has been gossip-column fodder for years now. And, they probably decided (this is an assumption) that if they hook up on screen once again, perhaps they could reach a closure.

Review by Rajeev Masand on IBNLive

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Expectedly, it’s the affecting performances of Ranbir and Deepika that keep you invested in the film until the end, even when the script feels like it’s going around in circles. Ranbir displays incredible maturity and just the right amount of restraint in a complex part, once again giving proof of his abundant talent. Deepika does the bulk of her work with those big expressive eyes, and conquers challenging scenes with natural ease. She practically steals the film, despite it being Ved’s story essentially.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Tamasha would’ve been a dream on paper but a lot is lost in execution. Ranbir and Deepika’s offscreen chemistry may be history but a romcom set in a scenic geography is usually a recipe for success. Whether this will be enough to influence the film’s economics, we’ll have to wait and watch.

Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify

Rating: ★★★★☆

Imtiaz Ali tells the story with delicious flourishes like that bit of absurdist theatre in the beginning complete with a unique introduction to our characters, and a trippy interlude where the fantasy characters including Aladdin’s genie come alive .

Tamasha Review by Indiaglitz

Rating: ★★★½☆

Let’s just skip everything and start with what a wonder this Deepika Padukone lady is. She expresses, emotes, delivers and acts like a marvel in every scene. You cannot get your eyes of her in even a single scene. Ranbir, whose character the movie revolves around, plays his part with confidence and so much ease. He is brilliant and the switch in his character from being a fun-loving guy to a boring machine is commendable. And above all that, there is Ranbir and Deepika sparkling chemistry that makes us forget all the flaws that the movie may contain.

Review by Shishir Gautam on Nowrunning

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Imtiaz places two of the most competent actors we have from the current generation – Ranbir and Deepika – on screen to put his vision in act. And he is not let down. Ranbir proves his mettle yet again, as he delivers remarkable emotions scene after scene. But it is Deepika, who seems to be only getting better. The film’s most memorable scenes are with her.

Tamasha Review by Bollyspice

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Tamasha in every sense is a typical Imtiaz Ali movie – soulful music, a tragic love angle, beautiful cinematography and a different take on a known storyline – a movie which either you will love or you will hate depending on what you take away from it. In this movie, he uses an incredibly innovative style of story-telling using the backdrop of Ved’s obsession with stories and theatre. Add to that the oh-so-pristine locations of Corcisa captured by Ravi Varman and you have a piece of art that is visually so appealing! Of course, if we talk about the highlight of this movie it would definitely be the performances by the lead cast. It’s a delight to watch Ranbir Kapoor – frankly after movies like Rockstar and Barfi, there was never a doubt that with the right movies he can deliver soul steering performances. As Ved, who leads a mechanical life with his mediocre work but lights up every time a story is heard or told by him, Ranbir manages to connect with everyone who ever had to give up their passion for “stability”. But for me Deepika was the star; the movie revolves more around Ranbir but Deepika manages to make heads turn with an amazing performance. In a way this movie is closer to Rockstar than any of Imtiaz’s movies – I had always felt that Rockstar would have been more heartfelt if it had an actress who could make you fall in love with her and Deepika’s shows just how it could have been.

Review by meeta on Wogma

Rating: ★★★½☆

Any film that makes you go into a thought circle like that has won me. While Tamasha might have aimed at it, it won’t make you get up and relook your life and the many faces you carry. It won’t make you rip off the mask you wear and let the beast in you out as soon as you walk out of the theater. But, if it makes you think in that direction for even a little bit, if it makes you look at your bipolar self which might just be normal, while making a genuine attempt at telling the same story differently, hasn’t it done its job?

Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala

Rating: ★★★½☆

If the first half of the film lacked depth and hugely depended on an attempt to create ‘carefree’ characters in carefree Corsica, the second half became a tad loopy and gimmicky. The scenes where Ved goofs up in his work presentations or apologises to his boss were funny initially. After a point it was like, ‘Hey you liked that joke, wait I will crack that again!’ The final verdict? Should we go and watch? Umm yes! I feel Shagun Batra dealt with the same issue in Ek Main Aur Ek Tu a shade better, devoid of any dramatics, real and urbane. But Tamasha, despite bringing in a touch of tamasha, is a one-time watch for sure.

Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Tamasha may have its heart in the right place, but the conflict in Ved and Tara’s lives will not get your pulse racing. The lead actors and Corsica look picture-perfect, but the movie isn’t free of blemishes.

Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

The first half of the film seems to be totally sponsored by the Tourism department of Corsica and if Ali thought he could pull wool over our eyes by showing us exotic locales, he was mistaken. In the absence of a strong storyline, the first half looks like a promotional video exhorting viewers to drop everything and book a flight to Corsica. The second half has a lot of ‘rona-dhona’ after Tara dumps Ved and the latter starts behaving like a schizophrenic and basically scares the crap out of everyone associated with him. There is also the ‘done to death’ scene urging people to choose between what they want and what the world wants from them as Ved sets out to discover himself. The only good thing that can be said about the film is the way it has been shot. Cinematographer Ravi Varman does credit to the genteel lanes of Shimla and the sun-kissed streets of Corsica. The music is not bad as such and had the two been accompanied by a good story, Tamasha could have surely been a delight.



  • @Sunny multiple id user. I warned you on Rajneeti 2 article you still don’t want to man up or what!! in your dreams you dumb ss calling Ranbir >hritiks >ajay.
    Are you stupid or what? How can you even say Ranbir is bigger than Ajay let alone Hritik ROSHAN!! Abhe chuha I don’t want to even bring any comparism or box office record only Independence day will determine your local idol when Roshan bangs the hell out of him in Mohenjo D. Idiot how many flops you give. Hritik records and awards collected is beyond your imagination you flopstar. I bash Ajay indicine knows but obviously he is more talented superstar than Akki +Ranbir U fool.
    @ayeesha. Seems he didn’t read your comment well or his English is like that of @sss. you are right Ranbir is no. 6 in all time highest opening day. Akki can’t catch.
    Salman Srk 40 +club
    Aamir Ajay 30+club
    Hritik Ranbir 20+ club.
    Sib trade figure is embarrassing even using producer figure it barely crawled 20.

  • If you want to see the stupidity of @sunny Akkiholic go to rajneeti 2 article read is comments in page 2 and how many of us bashed him for that

  • @sunny gobarholic
    Ajay’s highest opening day = 32 crore
    Akki’s highest opening day = 21 crore
    Make sure you don’t compare small actors like your star with superstar Ajay Devgn. Compare your star with Emraan hashmi and Tusshar kapoor.

  • @Indicine what the hell is happened to your site. You are playing with user’s security. While selecting any link I got the profile name and email Id of another users. Day before yesterday my profile auto Fred with ‘ from a salman fan’ & his mail I’d. Yesterday with ‘Sandeep raj’ and in evening some other name. On some article my profile has auto filled and while on some link it shows blank. It is happening from last 3 days.
    Similarly while opening your homepage it shows 61 comment on this article, when opened the link it shows 54 on page 1, and when selected page 3, count shows 61.
    What is going on with your server?

  • @Neeraj I don’t think its fault of Sunny chechi, I myself hot user id ‘Sandeep raj’ & his mail Id on my profile name yesterday. There has been a fault of Indicine server which lead to this confusion.

    • @Sky, we are looking into it. We are facing a few issues in the last couple of days. The traffic for our site has increased by 40-50% in the last week or so. We were receiving around 2 lakh visitors a day, but for some unknown reason, it has suddenly increased to nearly 2.8 – 3 lakhs in the last few days. Because of this we had to install a caching system, which could be causing the issue. We are looking into this. If you face any other issues, it would be very helpful if you could mail us indicineteam @ gmail

  • @indicine: And you articles are not visible to me at the time they are being posted. Ex: The first day fig of Tamasha article just started showing after 20+ comments were already done,even though I have been refreshing it a lot.
    Something is wrong.

  • @sky bro, you are right from last two week indicine server problems. When I write comments then I checked my ID after I submitted. And about comments section too problems and very hard to load your side nowadays indicine team. Jaago Bhai log…! @indicine, you will be lost your visitors. Thanks

  • @balaji 11.05
    Really? u think so? are you really d @babaji I know?
    My assumption is I never came across yr. 11.05 n 11.13 comments.

  • @Neeraj bring it on we shall see I have Shivaay too.
    Hey Tnx 4 standing up as d Man and showing the boy and associates the real road..just ridicule themselves in front of ppl,…tauba tauba…yuck!!
    Was there any need to even ansa? left for me 100% noooo chance at all.

  • @Aisha: Some ajay fans have been targeting akki off late,so it’s sometimes good to be a bit bad and reply them ;)

  • Indicine. Myanmar and Sky comments are not as above i Know them very well. Will ask them.tomorrow that’s a must. Indicine they are trying to spoil the image of this site which is the best movie site in India. no complaints they are trying to hide withe xcuse liars.
    @Kshitji it’. Obvious anytime you try to correct @sunny he ends up abusing you so look at how you brought yourself. As a Hritik fan too @Sunny saying Ranbir >Hritik and you are watching and congratulating him for telling @aisha iqbal rubbish. Your true colors. What wrong she said Ranbir 6th position with besharam 22 crs. Is it a lie? Aisha named you among thee people she only associates with in an article yesterday. And you are telling that monkey well done for childis comments to aisha? when she said the right statistics. I knew you were never a Hritik fan and Al those articles you say stop bashing ajay you are the number culprit. bhaitards devtatds fans changing id. To bash Akki? you are a fool!

  • @Aisha, yes you read it right. He is @Babaji, the biggest chameleon of @indicine.lol.. Guess you don’t him very well but he is the master of double standard as well.

    @12:20, can’t believe my eyes.

    @Sunnypants, won’t be talking about box office collections and star rankibg if I were a Makian like you. Shame on Makians…your star released four movies this year and none of them collected 100 cr..isn’t it a big shame to him and to your Makians?!.

  • Yes My beloved Indicine sorry for just joining the conversation now. Timezone alterations. Hey you @Sharaabi SunAkki
    Didn’t I say not to cross my path with useless comments. Once my eyes sees a bizarre comment I attack anybody barring.////// Khan. So apart from yesterday comment you still make yourself a fool again! how many times? Do you take drugs really you are alcoholic? Do you read your comments before posting. You know you are among the 3 most useless dumb and laughing stocks we have in this site? Too much ajay devgan ajay devgan always? been observing this for quite some time anytime you bash Mr. Ajay at the end left right up down people degrade you. For months I have been seeing all these. I mean haven’t it tick that the guy you always follow like a dog tail is such a respected and high profile celebrity whom people are already aware of his overall entity,that once you start talking garbage people in return slams you. It’s not the case For Akki. people bash him but it’s Assumed it’s normal. Not in Ajay case and that’ difference you failed to understand though who cares. Is Ajay or Akki bigger than King? Or even the other 2. No non of them is upto any of the khan so why say we the Khan fans are always jealous? Fool and final now. An average fan of any of the Khans without being biased if really a bollywood lover is ask the question who is a better actor with respect to Acting Talents between Akki and ajay I bet you 80% without hesitation Wil tel you Ajay Devgn the 2 time National Award winner. C’ est Finishe. As we are growing older behave according to your logic upstairs Mr Upside down uff @Sunnyalcoholic.
    Indicine my comment is clean neat well addressed for proper publication if you don’t mind. Pls be monitoring @horlicks comments they ridicule this site especially when outsiders come to indicine to get the latest gist in town. Going to my bed to sleep now. Au revoir for now. King rocks Khan rocks nyt nyt nyt.

  • @aisha takia. Baby for precautions sake observe all the comments from numb 1 to 73. Hardly you find Khan and other fans here. Beside few Srk fans few Salman fans all the bigger and prominent khan fan names you see in other articles hardly comments here on Ranbir blog. For you to see comments from @Ajinkya or @Sunny Horlicks highly rated containing abuses it’s enough to tell you most are Akki fans. It’s a known fact. So next time save your precious comments for more advanced and matured minded blogs not strictly Rk. Reason is you know. take note

  • @Nvn: I congratulated Sunny for placing Ajay on 7th and not Ranbir ahead of Hrithik.And Aisha placed Ranbir at 6th,means Ajay at 5th and Akki at 7th even though both Ajay and Ranbir have’nt crossed any Akki films’ collections this and still you think we should happily accept her comments.So what’s wrong if we criticize her?? People like you always give her support as she is a girl and we are guys..I don’t see anything wrong in politely,respectfully criticizing someone without being harsh.And I would be very happy If she does the same to me someday If I m wrong.

    @AjayRocks:Everyone knows how big a chameleon you are.You are the official grand master chameleon of indicine.lol

  • @Antone Martial… One of the most sensible Srk fan I have ever come across in this article between I hope you are Manchester fan.. U just have to be!!!!
    @Ajay rocks my dear so.. u know before use to wonder why @Navin calls people chameleon. yesterday I saw it. Imagine the guy is still thinking without reading my comments that I was rating uselessly like them. Neeraj educated them but stil they don’t get it. I was referring to all time highest opener for all the actors ranking simple. Ranbir has 21-22 crs after hritiks 25 crs for bang bang.
    @balaji.. What stupid analysis are you saying I gave. Go to top 10 highest opening day collection of all movies…
    Srk… Hny
    Salman prdp
    Amir Dhoom3
    Ajay Sr
    Hritik bang bang
    Ranbir besharam.
    Is that not no.6!!
    Stop twisting my comments pls.
    Pls before you wer d only Akshay fan in d whole of this site who no matter what you ask I replied. Sincerity came bk.. No matter how any school boy insult Ajay am not answering.. Even his blogs my comments.. Nope only 1nc though not related To him. Not now, if you like bash him i won’t say a word. That’s all. stay out of my path n I stay off and next time find a better excuse for bashing him and pls don’t ever misinterprete my comments. u don’t Understand… Read it again.! nice chatting with the oda side of you. cheers @babaji.
    @NVN… Keep off!! Don’t include my name. I dont need any support, I am a real singham fan so am good to go. Nothing personal

  • @Aisha. no was not supporting you, I often read your comments and I no very well you don’t need anyone’ support. Your comments always have facts backing it so who am to support! Was only saying to @babaji he would have read your comment because it’s self explanatory. instead of just jumping with his partner and did you read his reason. he said you were wrong should they folds hands that you placed the actors ranking in general. His angry to guys support you from his comments. Nothing personal too @aisha it’s simple the hatred for Ajay is there so much that without even reading your comment he complimented @Sunn for bashing Ajay and telling me the reason. can you imagin? believe @ajay rocks its you that don’.t Know him.
    @balaji you can see how siding that retard is making you say things that were not meant to be said. Is it not funny the excuse you gave me and the reality are completely opposite. She was damn right about top highest opening day Actor all time! Where did she say ajay 5 akki 7 Ranbi r 6! ajay is 4th Ranbir 6th and akki sib is 7th. and unnecessarily bashing her politely. vaah!

  • Tamasha is aCopy of Bang Bang Bang bang was very stylish and had great songs and Had Hrithik and Drop dead gorgeous Katrina. . Imtiaaz Ali should stop making movies.

  • Tamasha was so boring. I slept thru entire movie even Corsica scenes. Deepika’s diction is terrible, she is annoying as someone said and Ranbir is the same .

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