4 Years of Tamasha: An open letter to Imtiaz Ali who justified love is beautifully chaotic & perfectly flawed

Tamasha was helmed by Imtiaz Ali and it banked widely on its storyline, locations, dialogues, background score and most importantly its actors. The rawness, nakedness and helplessness of the characters was depicted beautifully and impact of this amalgamation lives on with the audiences even till date.
4 Years of Tamasha: An open letter to Imtiaz Ali who justified love is beautifully chaotic & perfectly flawed4 Years of Tamasha: An open letter to Imtiaz Ali who justified love is beautifully chaotic & perfectly flawed
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Tamasha is a beautifully broken painting in motion that subtly heals you” -Avantika Gupta 

 

Before I started writing this piece, I read up on a lot of stories which people penned down after watching Tamasha. Real stories by real people bound together by a storm of real emotions. Everyone keeps saying how Ved was the personification of the daily struggles and battles one has to fight with themselves internally. I was appalled because people were dejected and called the film boring and confusing. But now, my heart is relieved as those very people have sunk in the skin of the story. Today, it will not be about the love story; today, it will be about the expressions, the silence, the desperation and triumph of being beautifully tragic and perfectly flawed. 

 

Dear Imtiaz Ali, 

 

We are probably living in the worst of times - Kalyuga as it is perfectly expounded. A time when man is fearing seeing his own reflection in the mirror and is hiding not just from the world but also from himself. Amidst all of this, you gave us Tara. A chaotic, spilled, strong-headed woman who believed in the power of magic, one that breathes within you. 

 

 

While everyone weighs each step before making a decision, Tara believed in falling free and chasing madness. Her madness, you ask? Not Ved but herself. She was obsessed with how she was when she was with him and that high was like no other. When she finally spots him in Delhi, the way she keeps racing up and down like a little schoolgirl just shows that even a “strong-headed woman” feels all the jitters when she sees her “madness” breathing in front of her. 

 

 

Before leaving from Corsica, in spite of having her cab waiting at her doorstep, she runs up and throws herself on Ved while he is still processing what is happening. She moved away; she could have stayed back, but she did move on. She moved on to her own space, she moved to dancing with her ownself, cutting her birthday cake all by herself, she moved on with still being in love with Ved and expecting nothing in return. Tara was the embodiment of love and longing all sewn together by that one kiss. 

 

 

We’ve always been shown the ultimate “hero”  who stands by the motto, “Mard ko dard nahi hota”, but you gave us a character who was so beautifully flawed, who was this shattered colourful canvas. Thank you for giving us Ved with all his complexities. When he speaks to the mountains in Corsica holding no bars, drinking water straight out of the river, gate-crashing a gathering only for free food or asking random strangers out on a date, you made us believe that it is okay to not hold back and be your ‘wild’ self. Throughout all of this, Tara was the silent spectator who let Ved soak in the sun and stuck by his side like his own shadow. She became the ‘yin’ to his ‘yang’ and without realising ‘Don’ found his true audience. 

 

 

Only Tara could have saved Ved from running into a tsunami of his own making. Wearing the marsala blouse, looking extremely jaded, when Tara walks in to meet Ved begging him to give her back the ring, you can see the guilt in her eyes of how she has ‘damaged’ him. Both of them can literally see through each other. He could sense the madness that was looping over her as she continued to chase him and she could see how sorry he was of being in that state. Thank you for making us realise that there is an equal amount of passion in heartbreak too. Tara was the reason Ved could breathe the air that he was made for and that is why when he bows down in the end in front of her; we all knew that she deserved it. 

 

 

“Dil mein heer liye..aur heer khoje veerane mein..”

We as a whole generation are conditioned to believe that there’ll always be this ray of light that will lead us through the darkness. With this one quote, you stripped us off our pretences. The light that we keep looking for outside, is actually what lies within us and the minute you stop looking for it and look within the monstrous well that you’re carrying, you’ll realise that you’ve struck pure gold. 

 

“Kya hua? Pasand nahi aayi ending? Koi baat nahi...Badal dengey...humari apni hai.”

Thank you Imtiaz Ali for bringing in the notion of stop thinking and start chasing and creating your ending. One just can’t be swayed away with someone else’s idea of leading a “perfect” life. 

 

With love, 

Avantika Gupta

 

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