110 Min | Comedy | April 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Director: Feroz Abbas Khan
Starring: Satish Kaushik, Tanvi Azmi, Vinay Jain
Dekh Tamasha Dekh Review: Directed by the renowned theater veteran Feroz Abbas Khan as his second film post GANDHI, MY FATHER (2007), this is indeed a courageous attempt by the makers, since there is not much possibility of such a dark, sarcastic film becoming a big box office success in the current scenario. Reportedly based on some real life events happening in a small town, the film truly reminds you of the recent Muzzafar Nagar incidents leading to a huge loss of life, faith and trust among we all Indians. Made as an intelligent black comedy with many worth praising insertions, Dekh Tamasha Dekh surely could have become a daring, path breaking film of the recent times, if only the director had delivered it with a better pace and a more disturbing tension in its conflicting scenes. But keeping the weaker points aside.
The most valuable sequence in Dekh Tamasha Dekh is related to an old experienced historian, who is opposed for writing a controversial book on religious history and is then forced to peacefully withdraw or face some drastic consequences. Ignoring the threat, the calm historian willfully pulls out his hearing machine in between the heated conversation and the act indeed is a treat to watch, executed beautifully. Next all published copies of his book are burned (reminding you of many latest similar references) and that is exactly how history is now being forcefully re- written with a specific motive in almost all the religions proving them better than the rest. A wonderful courtroom scene wherein there is no proof of a dead person’s birth, marriage, original religion or his so called religious conversion at all. But still the judge is supposed to give the judgment about the real owner of the dead body without any valid arguments put forward.
A hilarious symbolic sequence in which Satish Kaushik is disgracefully talking to his imported puppy and the employed Indian editor together. In a mourning scene, the few women instantly stop wailing and start leaving as soon as someone says the water is back in the taps for a limited period. In Dekh Tamasha Dekh, as a newly appointed police officer comes to join his police station, he is stunned to see ‘A Religious Pooja’ going on in the station itself and all the policemen attending it instead of going to their assigned duties. Anyway with a hope that we all become capable enough of realizing the ugly tricks played by our greedy leaders well in time before hurting the other. Do try to watch this thoughtful attempt as a must ignoring its theatrical feel.