Life Toh Badi Sad Hai: How Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha Prepares You for Failure

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Life Toh Badi Sad Hai: How Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha Prepares You for Failure

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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brief shot in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha shows Ranbir Kapoor’s Ved ascending the steps towards his alma-mater, a beautiful engineering college in the hills. That is Jaypee University of Information Technology, in Solan, Himachal Pradesh. It was my college, but the steps aren’t actually the main entrance. In fact, they’re right next to the basketball court, leading up to a garden adjacent to the main academic block. It’s a sprawling campus snuggled safely between two mountains. Shimla is merely a bus ride away.

But we didn’t need Shimla. College was our home, our oyster, a safe cocoon where our dreams simmered. And, boy, did we dream.

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