• Tamasha doesn’t come together satisfactorily, but it’s not for a lack of trying. There’s a lot to appreciate here, and more than a few moments that’ll break your heart.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    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. Pity it peters out.

  • Sweta Kaushal
    Sweta Kaushal
    Hindustan Times


    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.

  • Mehul S Thakkar
    Mehul S Thakkar
    Deccan Chronicle


    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.

  • 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.

  • Tamasha is at best a one-time watch because of the sparkle the leads lend to it. It could have been so much more.

  • Meena Iyer
    Meena Iyer
    Times Of India


    Like the protagonists, all of us know what it is to be tied down and not do what our hearts long. But the route Tamasha takes is long-winded and plain boring at times.

    Deepika and Ranbir convey their angst and passion so convincingly that you’re hooked. Except for the curiosity about them, the rest of the drama is `oh,never-mind’.

  • “Tamasha” is not an easy film to slot. Ali is obviously trying to push his boundaries and it doesn’t always work, but when it does, the result is breathtaking. For that alone, the film is worth a watch.

  • Sarita Tanwar
    Sarita Tanwar
    DNA India


    Watch Tamasha because it’s beyond the ordinary and for the fantastic screen chemistry of Ranbir and Deepika.

  • 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.

  • Tamasha is different but not perfect. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone deliver fine performances, making this film a one-time watch!

  • …comes across as a colossal disappointment in spite of towering performances and chemistry between the lead stars. At the box-office, the film will find it difficult to sustain and negative word of mouth will further erode its business capacity to a great extent.

  • Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’ plays out like a tamasha, it doesn’t try to follow a formula. But I guess Ali stopped playing to the gallery quite a while back.
    Will his narrative work with the larger audience? I am not sure. Did it work for me? Hell, yes, it did. No one understands a complicated heart better than Imtiaz Ali.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Imtiaz Ali makes good films. You could even call him the authority on love stories with a sufi flavour. But Tamasha doesn’t quite make the cut. Not for Imtiaz, not for Ranbir and not for Deepika. Even the Mohit Chauhan and AR Rahman combination of music seems like a leftover from Rockstar. There was so much potential here. So much the team could’ve achieved. But in the end, despite some flashes of brilliance here and there, Tamasha turns out to be no show. Ironically, it has a story that tries to ward off mediocrity in everyday life, and yet the film only manages to evoke mixed reactions.

  • TAMASHA is entertaining and worth a watch. For Ranbir and Deepika fans, this is one helluva treat!

  • Suprateek Chatterjee
    Suprateek Chatterjee


    Like most of his films, it ultimately boils down to whether you buy his brand of movie romance, where journeys and conversations often turn out to be irreversibly life-changing. Tamasha isn’t perfect, but it has heart and a sincerity of intent that sets it apart from many other films we’ve seen this year.

  • 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. But watch this one. You might come out loving yourself a little more than you do.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Tamasha is not free of glaring drawbacks. The narrative tends to humour itself to the extent of supreme selfindulgence and the pace when Deepika goes missing, is languid. But the heart, the pounding bleeding heart, is always in the right place. This is a haunting fable about two fatally flawed people who think they are in love.Tamasha is a game-changer in the romantic genre.

  • While his non-linear narrative template might appear rather indulgent, and possibly punctures the pulse of the movie, he manages to salvage it beautifully. A tighter edit would’ve gone a long way in uplifting the film, but that’s a flaw we are willing to overlook because he doesn’t adulterate his drama with quintessential Bollywood tricks, and plays it by his rules.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Tamasha is a film with ambitions of being mature and experienced. It creates an alternate reality for its principal characters and lets their emotions grow naturally to a point. But then the journey gets tiring for everyone concerned.
    It doesn’t really get there. But the effort is not unbearably laboured. This is a film that doesn’t entirely succeed in its endeavour to decode the heart’s enigmatic excursions. But the journey is fascinating and admirable, thought not entirely fulfilling.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Tamasha is a disapp­ointing fare for a large chunk of the audience. It will find favour with a section of the city youth and class audiences but that will be grossly insufficient to recover the investment in the film. It will, therefore, entail heavy losses to all concerned.

  • Although he charmingly weaves in a lot of elements to break the mold in Indian cinema, there are still elements that struggle to keep it mainstream – the search for romance needed fulfillment, the pain- an antidote. Had he released Tamasha after having made it as art for art’s sake, we probably would have seen a great film. 

  • Shishir Gautam
    Shishir Gautam


    There will be plenty reasons to watch this beautifully shot film [DOP, Ravi varman]. But let’s not get into too many of them. Let’s just say, this is one of the best films of this year.

  • Overall, ‘Tamasha’ is a definite watch for all those who believe in love and the fact that people change, but not always for reasons of their own, but because of the world they live in. A clear picture of how twisted your life can become, under the painful currents of life. But, the clear winners in this ‘drama’ are the protagonists, more than the story itself.

  • IndiaGlitz
    India Glitz


    …this Tamasha needs to be unfolded by each of us atleast ones. Do give it a shot for Ranbir and Deepika, please…

  • Rukmini Chopra
    Rukmini Chopra
    Bollywood Life


    If soul searching and matters beyond your mundane existence intrigue you then Tamasha is the perfect film to watch. Also we need more of RK in our lives I say!

  • Uday Bhatia
    Uday Bhatia


    While no one could accuse it of being subtle, Tamasha is affecting in parts, thanks in large measure to its lead players. Kapoor, with his gift for light comedy and mimicry, outpaces Padukone in the Corsica leg, but when they return to India and things become complicated, her pain is as palpable as his (this in spite of Tara being an underwritten character). Ali’s direction has also acquired a lightness of touch; when we first see Ved as a child, the legend reads “Shimla, flashback”, a little joke but also perhaps a reference to how memories are edited into home movies in our imaginations.

  • Despite the flaws, the film is full of mad charm and is all heart. Tamasha is an incredible spectacle of a movie, to be experienced, not merely viewed.

  • 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?

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    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.

  • FullyHyd Team
    FullyHyd Team
    Fully Hyderabad


    Ali tries to be a dream peddler with this one, with only partial success. Tamasha could still inspire you if you looked beyond the execution and peered into the heart of the story. We’ll call a spade a spade, and tell you that you might not get as entertained as you’d expect from a Kapoor-Padukone romance. However, we hope this mild misfire doesn’t really impact Ali’s own dreams – he does have some really good ones, you know.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    Tamasha goes a step ahead from these seminal questions to dwell on something even more significant: finding your true, inner self that has been lost in the robotic work life, to discover and embrace the clown lurking behind the automaton in you. In that sense Tamasha could well be the next part in the Ranbir Kapoor-In-Evolution series of Hindi cinema that boasts of films like Wake Up Sid, Rockstar and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.

  • 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.

  • Rakesh Jha
    Rakesh Jha


    Tamasha succeeds in providing a meaningful experience for moviegoers. However, Tamasha’s non-linear narrative style does play a spoilsport but if the audience is willing to invest more, it’s a rewarding experience.

  • The plot of Tamasha is brilliant- kudos to Imtiaz Ali! But the execution is not up to the mark. Ranbir and Deepika look picture perfect, as expected. It is not an ordinary love story even though it may look like one. For all those who like performance driven films, Tamasha is a must-watch!

  • The first half of the movie has a wild, free and young attitude as Ranbir Kapoor entertains the audiences by his witty one-liners and dialogues, while the second half see’s the actor battling with his personality. The movie is a one time watch.

  • Tamasha knows where it’s going but takes an unnecessary detour.

  • 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.

  • Tamasha is not a romantic comedy but it is breathtakingly romantic. It will knock the wind out of you. It is the kind of love that changes you, brings out your real self – ugly, eccentric, absolutely weird but affable. Imtiaz’s films cast that spell, catapults you into a parallel world and this time he pulls it off better than ever before. Give your conflicted side a chance, it probably can do better than you believe.

  • At 151 minutes (the filmmakers seem to have used every single shot canned), only a handful of scenes stand out. Kapoor and Padukone are perfectly paired, and Ali brings out their chemistry in many tender moments.

  • …is surely not a film of the quality which was expected from Imtiaz Ali. Watch this one only if you are a die-hard fan of the film’s lead pair either collectively or separately or if you have nothing better to do this weekend

  • …unless you are terrible addicts of one or more of Ali, Padukone, Kapoor or Rahman, stay away and go watch a riveting nautanki instead!

  • Roma Narkhede
    Roma Narkhede


    Another of Imtiaz’s take on love story, this film is not as gripping as his past works. It is a complex story, trying to tell a story very maturely but fails to strike the right chords.