‘Tamasha’ is director Imtiaz Ali’s second Film with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone after ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, respectively. However, it is third film of Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor together. Will Ranbir-Deepika duo recreate the magic of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’? Let’s analyse.

Imtiaz Ali consistently tries to juggle between the concept of real self and the less genuinemask humans wear to hide their real persona in this film. He partly convinces the audiences that no one has to follow the straight line that is drawn by our forefathers, but by the time Alireaches thereit all gets uninteresting and dull.

There is nothing much happening till the interval that further hampers the pace of this two and a half hourlong drama. However, there are moments of brilliance sprinkled here and there in the first hour to entice the sensibilities of audiences. Watch out for the sequence when Tara [played by Deepika Padukone] is leaving Corsica and meets sleeping Ved [played by Ranbir Kapoor] for the last time. There is also a moment when Tara embraces in front of Ved that she was spying on him like a crazy stalker just to get in touch with him. And, there are many other sequences like this thatmake this movie a ‘watchable’ affair.

The second half is comparatively brisker. The writing gets bearable in this half, but the side-effects of a tiring first half doesn’t let you get fully involved in the movie.

On the other hand, there are certain sequences that will be appreciated by the moviegoers. Look out for the sequence, when Tara breaks down in Ved’s arms while meeting in a café. And, the finale actwhen Ved narrates a story to his family will also leave everyonespellbound.

On the acting front, it is a Ranbir Kapoor show allthe way.

Kapoor climbs up to the level of his performance in ‘RockStar’ and mesmerises everyone yet again. I like how Kapoor likes to change his character in every film instead of sticking to the clichéd roles like many superstars. He has surpassed his performance of ‘Bombay Velvet’ in this film. Surely, Ali knows how to get best out of Kapoor.

This performance certainly merits a Filmfare nomination for 'Best Actor.'

Deepika Kapoor is magical in the role that she plays. Ali has given Padukone a limited space to perform, but she doesn’t disappoint in that role too. She is splendid, as an actor. Last week, I predicted that Padukone’s performance in ‘Tamasha’ may well be a contender for Filmfare ‘Best Actress’ title this year but looking at the length of her role I will consider her performance in ‘Piku’ to be a safe bet for the Filmfare awards.

The music is highlight of this film. A.R. Rahman lives up to the hype by creating songs like ‘Matargashti’, ‘Safarnama’ and ‘Tum Saath Ho.’

Imtiaz Ali knows his job well, but this time around he has messed it up badly in pursuit of making this affair all the more philosophical.

Certainly, Ali’s intention was to create a moving and lyrical masterpiece that intoxicates the audiences with its charm, splendour and glory. But, the end result is a movie that doesn’t strike the right chord with audiences. Overall, it’s a good endeavour by Ali to catapult the echelons of sensible filmmaking. But, the tiring pace, confused writing and punctured narrative makes it all mediocre affair.

Rating: ★★½