Ranbir Kapoor has revealed that director Imtiaz Ali has taken references from the immortal love story of Radha-Krishna for their upcoming romantic film Tamasha. The film, also starring Deepika Padukone, is about Ved (Ranbir), who loses himself in the process of conforming to the standards set by him and his family. Deepika’s Tara enters his life to remind him of his true self and helps him realise his potential.
“Tara is an Indian woman rooted in our value system but she is very modern in her approach. Imtiaz goes back to the time of Radha-Krishna,” said Ranbir. “Radha sacrificed herself because she knew Krishna had potential and she told him ‘You go, be yourself, even though you don’t want to be with me; but I will sacrifice my love for you because you can become something’. I think he was really inspired by that and the character of Tara is also based on that,” Ranbir said in an interview in New Delhi.
Deepika said that the story of Ved and Tara is relatable and very relevant in today’s time, where she feels relationships have become mechanical. “Tamasha is about Ved, who is not doing what he wants to do. There is a lot of pressure from him, from his family to be a certain person and he starts losing himself in the process and he starts becoming somebody that he is not. He requires a Tara in his life to pull him out of that situation and make him understand the person that he really is. This is a story which is very relevant and I think people will relate to Ved and Tara,” she said.
Though the film has a profound story, the actors say it is told in a manner entertaining enough for the viewers. “It is an Imtiaz Ali film at the end of the day and it is an intense and passionate love story. But it is also told in a very entertaining manner. It is very relatable,” Deepika said.
This is the first time Ranbir and Deepika are working with Imtiaz together. Ranbir worked with the director in 2011 movie Rockstar, Deepika has collaborated with Imtiaz for Love Aaj Kal. Tamasha releases on November 27