पैसा फेंक – तमाशा देख,
पैसे तो दिए, पर दिल ना दे पाए
अफ़सोस है के हम सिनिमा से घर, मायूस हो के आए I
Tamasha stars two of the most en vogue movie stars in Bollywood today with faces and bodies that could make a garbage bag look like a million bucks!
Ladies, do you remember at school/college having a bad day and thinking that all the ‘cool’ girls have all the fun and while they are out having all this ‘cool’ fun – they are wearing the ‘coolest’ clothes to have this fun? Guess what – you were right! The movie starts with Deepika or ‘Mona’ on the island of Corsica as a carefree ‘cool’ girl tourist. The island is breathtaking and so is Deepika in all her easy-breezy summer outfits. She goes through various permutations of holiday wear including short summer dresses, shorts and camisoles, peasant tops and flat plimsolls with aplomb! These are paired with delicate jewellery, big watches with multiple bracelets, cross body bags and casually styled hair. An outfit that deserves special mention, is the white shirt paired with printed capris, shades and a hair scarf that ‘Mona’ wears. Deepika successfully channels an ‘Audrey Hepburn look’ here complete with a classic convertible and a dashing driver. The white/cream lacey spaghetti strap dress she wears out on the town with Ranbir or ‘Don’, is also perfectly suited for the relaxed Corsican evening.
Post Corsica, Deepika gets back to corporate life and her wardrobe reflects this change effectively. She is all about cream pussy bow blouses teamed with stylish skirts and trousers. Her thinly veiled moping around prompts her father to ask her to move to Delhi on assignment. Her wardrobe now switches to colder climate wear including boots, sweaters and long cardigans. I loved the blue jumper with a white Peter Pan collar that she is wearing when she goes to ‘The Social’ for the first time, a place that I love myself! I liked the lace dress she is wearing when she goes to the Japanese restaurant with ‘boring Ved’, as well as the black dress she wears when he proposes. I loved the black and white coat she is wearing when they go the movies. However, the boldest wardrobe choices are not made by Deepika or Ranbir by a long shot! Ranbir’s boss steals the show in this category with his cravats and shocking pink shirts. His wardrobe brilliantly aids his portrayal of conceited and crass ‘Delhi boss’ with an ego the size of Connaught Place!
Ranbir’s wardrobe is also character appropriate and never deviates from his given persona in the movie, of which there are several. The outfits of his Shimla-based mother and grandmother were a sharp reminder to me, of the power of dress to evoke a memory. Their shawls wrapped around them in the cold evenings reminded me of boarding school and the beauty of Himachal in the winter.
Overall, the characters in Tamasha were styled exceptionally well in terms of location and situation. The stylists have done a commendable job of aligning the character and the wardrobe choices so that no outfit is particularly out of place. However, and this is the big however, something was missing. There was no one single outfit that sticks out in my memory that evoked a “wow! I love that and would step over the short girl in front of me in a sale to get it”, type of reaction! In fairness to the stylists, perhaps my views on the movie coloured my judgement of the wardrobe – I don’t know. But there is one thing I do know – the ‘wannabe Carlos Santana man bun’ that Ranbir supports in the last scene of the movie does not work. I highly recommend that it is never repeated again!
Favorite outfit: My favourite outfit was not an outfit this time but a bag. I loved the scarlet Gucci Nouveau Double TasselCross Body bag or Gucci Fringe bag (it was one or both of them I think) that she is carrying in Corsica!
Worst outfit: A pale beige ‘prom dress’ type of gown that Deepika wears when she is at a party post Corsica. I did not like the style of the dress and the colour did nothing for her.
Isha’s Verdict: 6/10. Credit to the stylists of Tamasha for never deviating from the wardrobe requirements of the characters – even though I failed to find a truly memorable outfit.