One look at the posters of the film or even the promos you know this film is to attract men seeking voyeuristic however, Tara - The Journey of Love and Passion promises to be beyond that two words described in its tag line. Does it actually turn out to be what it states? We tell you.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the fast paced Mumbai city lies an obscure sleepy village of Tanda. Tara (Rekha Rana), a village girl, seems to be content with her confined life, very much in love with her liquor maker husband (Rohan Shroff). Her husband gets caught by the cops and is put behind bars for nine months leading to trials for the entire family of Tara to the point of starvation. But the young woman stands up for her family when the whole community cruelly alienates in her most vulnerable moment. Ultimately, after a series of gut wrenching experiences, she has to make a choice.
The only good thing one finds in this lackluster film is the backdrop. Whatever mein be going on on the foreground, it's the backgrop of the village setting that catches attention. Right from the hutments to the extras who play villagers all appear extremely realistic. Even the cinematography is praiseworthy that brings out the essence of the village.
From here it's all downhill. The story of a woman's uproar in a male dominated world is highly trite and done to death by now. Tara treads the beaten path and even at that fails to do justice to the plot. Boasting of being a tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, Tara tries encompassing a lot many things and fails in achieving success in any.
Moreover, the take on projecting women in the village in skimpy outfits is incomprehensible. One can't fathom why they are shown flaunting revealing blouses and behaving boldly.
On the acting front, the lead protagonist Rekha Rana fails to impress and really needs to go back to acting classes if she plans to have a career in acting. The least said about Rohan Shroff the better. The rest of the cast also doesn't leave a mark.
To sum it up, Tara tries too hard to be a hard-hitting film with a message however, falls really short of that. Clumsy acting and tripe storyline only make the film an easy miss.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor