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Rockstar – review

Many musicians have chosen a path of self-destruction course along with drinks, drugs and violence.   Rockstar is one musical journey of a young, talented Delhi boy whose life takes wings to stardom but chequered by a fatal love that propels him on a self-destructive course and eventually a bad-boy-of-music image that in fact works to his huge popularity chart unintentionally.

While in college Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbir Kapoor), a guitarist who wants to taste musical success like Jim Morrison is clueless how to hit the next level. His canteen in-charge tells him all the musical genius has one thing common in life and that is “pain/tragedy”, while JJ rues the fact he has no pain or resentment in his ordinary life. So while he searches for pain, he comes across his college mate, Heera Kaul (Nargis Fakhri), who is engaged and set for marriage in two months.  Heera gives him a new identity “Jordan” and also becomes his pain, focus and the world from where he becomes a rockstar while also becoming an uncontrolled, untamed musical genius full-on with self-destructive eccentricities.  While am not going to reveal what happens between Jordan and Heera, all I can say is Imitaz Ali has yet again pulled out a compelling romantic story with layers of complexities.

The first half of the movie is quiet breezy, Ranbir kapoor as an aspiring college musical kid is endearing with many moments of playful and laughter moments. While the second half sags a bit in between but Ranbir manages to pull it along.

Acting is in the genes of Ranbir and in this movie, he proves he is not just yet another star kid but an accomplished actor in his own right. When the fame that he always wanted chases him, all he wants is to run away from it because he finds himself unhappy inside and in due course on a mission to destroy himself and vent the anger through what he knows the best by doing music.  And in those moments of pain and despair, one could see the fine actor in him.

Rockstar also happens to be the last movie of late Shammi Kapoor, who makes a short appearance as Ustad Jameel Khan and in one particular scene he points out at Ranbir and says as a prophecy  he is set for bigger things and would go places, so just let him be his own.

Debutant Nargis Fakhri shows sparkle of Katrina Kaif and is very lively though she struggles in strong emotive scenes nevertheless she is a promising new face and set for a long innings in Bollywood.

AR Rahman’s music adds the depth and feel to the movie with the various textures of music.  The music changes character as the characters evolve and the complexities set in adding to the soul of the movie.  While Saadda Haq has almost become an iconic anthem these days, Kun Faya Kun is magical Sufi treat to ears and Naadaan Parindey captures brilliantly the anguish and despair.

Imitaz Ali is one director who can dabble upon romance subject umpteen times and each time present it with a fresh whip of script. But in Rockstar, he has wandered into very complex waters and a love story which is well described fittingly as the closing lines of the movie says in Rumi’s words:


Beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,

There is a field.

I will meet you there.

 GingerChai verdict: Rockstar is a musical journey that is complex in notes but one that strikes the right chord. The notes might be little jarred in between but nevertheless worth it.

0 11 November, 2011 Movies November 11, 2011

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He is the lead man of GingerChai and plays the multi role of chief author, editor, business development and also of a chaiwala! (Tea maker!) He is the master brewer at Ginger Chai.

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  1. Vidya Sury

    I was waiting to see your review before watching the movie. I’d like to see it no matter how it is because Ranbir Kapoor is always a treat to watch. So spontaneous!

  2. mani

    i was disappointed with the movie. Big time disappointed. The movie is more a romantic movie or a confused romantic movie where the hero incidentally is a rock star. Never in the movie has he shown any complete dedication to music or any desire for connect with musical gratification. The music and Mohit chauhan are the only redeeming feature

  3. Seema Misra

    I would agree with Gyanban’s review more. The cinematography was the only good thing about the movie …Ranbir Kapoor gave his best shot, but unfortunately the director ruined it for him.

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