Tamasha And The Celebration Of The Universal Story

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Tamasha And The Celebration Of The Universal Story

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t is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no such thing as an original story, just the same one told differently. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Circumstances force them to be apart. But love triumphs in the end. It is the story literature has told us, it is what Bollywood has lived off, and it is definitely what Imtiaz Ali’s entire career has maintained.

We may accuse Ali of repetition but he did declare his intent quite openly. He has been weaving the idea of the universal nature of “The Story” into the core fabric of all his movies. Two years ago, he even made a movie that had The Storyteller at its heart. It’s us who took time to cotton on.

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