Rockstar: Movie Review

[Rating:4]

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari

Synopsis: A Delhi boy resents the fact that he has no pain in his life. He has realized that all great Musicians have had a painful life. In order to get his heart broken, he proposes to the most sought-after girl in Delhi University. The story of `Rockstar` is the seven years of the boy`s life and relationship with the girl at the end of which he does become a huge musical star, but his heart also gets broken.Eros International Ltd. will co-produce the film with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. The female lead of the film is Nargis Fakhri. The film score and soundtrack will be composed by A. R. Rahman. Shammi Kapoor makes his last silver screen appearance in this film.

Review: When you take a visionary filmmaker, a legendary musician, an actor with the perfect genes in him, you get a product that everyone talks about, positively of course! Imtiaz Ali has done it again by taking up another love story, adding his creative genius to it and making a Rockstar for us to see. It isn’t a run-of-the-mill Bollywood flick but a strong concept about two people in love who pine for each other in their own separate ways. That is indeed the USP of Rockstar, a high tension romance that has built up over the years only for them to realize it at a time when the lovers are on two very different paths of life. Imtiaz Ali has once again made a story with so much conviction that you will see it culminating on the screen, whether it is the concept, Ranbir Kapoor or the half-Pakistani half-Czech American model-turned-actor Nargis Fakhri. 

Ranbir Kapoor has evolved from his chocolate boy look in Saawariya that he sported 4 years back to the rather simple Jatt boy, Janardhan Jakhar transforming into the rugged musician Jordan, (a nomenclature given to him by his lady love) in Rockstar. Your heart shall feel deeply for this boy turned man in this film. The simplicity will touch you and the later avatar will force you to believe in yourself and hence fight for what is truly yours. Nargis Fakhri makes a decent debut with Rockstar, although she must sincerely work on her acting and the accented Hindi however her pretty disposition is just about enough to be noticed. It is all a director’s expertise that the flaws are beautifully hidden and all you see is a perfect picture on the screen. 

A.R. Rahman is already a youth icon, he is known and loved for the music he makes, in India and abroad. The movie has some beautiful tracks from the heavy metal Saadda Haq (which by now is already an anthem) to a soft romantic yet haunting number "Aur Ho" and "Tum Ko" to the mind-numbing Sufi song "Kun Faaya Kun". The music created a buzz long before the movie hit the theaters, so half the battle for this glorious movie was already won. 

Janardhan is a simple boy studying in Delhi University and aspires to become the next Jim Morrison, but only faces ridicule when he tries performing. A mentor tells him he must get his heart broken to be able to sing from his heart that shall eventually take him to greatness because pain is the ‘key to artistry’. His peers at the college crave for attention from the ‘hottie’ on the campus, Heer Kaul, a ‘neat & clean’, upper class girl studying in St. Stephen’s.

Janardhan manages to befriend the upper class chick only to discover that she is about to get married soon in Prague and wants to do all the tabooed things like using cuss words and drinking desi alcohol among other things. Janardhan helps Heer do all that she wants to before she ties the knot. The friendship is heart-warming. The couple is meant to fall in love, as in every love story, tragic or not.

You will see the tension building up between the two but they restrain from letting go of all the barriers lest it should complicate their lives. Janardhan was rechristened Jordan by Heer and he gladly accepts the new identity. He is thrown out of his house and the family breaks ties with him, he spends few months at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s dargah before he finally gets noticed by the right man who brings him to the right place. The man in question is the late Shammi Kapoor, who plays Ustad Jameel Khan, a renowned shehnai player. Rockstar is the last movie where the legendary Shammi Kapoor will be seen. It was touching to see the Kapoors share screen space. 

Another actor who needs mention is Aditi Rao Hydari, previously seen in Sudhir Mishra’s ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ earlier this year. She plays a  fiery reporter who pretty much shadows Jordan wherever he goes since she needs to write about an upcoming star, so India or Europe, she is everywhere. Jordan becomes an angry man as the years pass by, he pines to be with Heer and inevitably breaks laws to try and get to her. In other words, he is a ‘Heavy Metal’ Devdas. 

Agreed that there may be certain glitches in the screenplay, including areas where the media hounds a Rockstar in India, wherein our country is yet to readily accept non-film singers on a big scale, but one can’t fault the filmmaker or the crew for minor glitches, for it is the processed product that has been presented on a platter for the audiences.
The scenic locales will make your heart skip a beat, be it the snow-capped Himalayas, few areas in Delhi in the peak of the winters, or the ever-so-beautiful Europe, mostly Prague. A good story shot with a vision in mind in beautiful locations is what defines Imtiaz Ali’s work. He may just be the next cult filmmaker revered for his style of film making just like Yash Chopra is. 

Jalaluddin Rumi’s poetry has been given a visual form and used beautifully since the essence of the script lies in these two lines I quote now:
                                       "Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,

                                               there is a field. I’ll meet you there."

They just speak about Heer-Janardhan’s love story, about the anguish and pain in Jordan’s heart and how he finally finds peace within himself. 

Verdict: Mesmerizing and heart-touching, evokes similar sentiments as those of Jordan.

Saumya Sharma

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27 Comments

  1. Uttara Kumari Rathore

    November 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    very well written saumya……i admire the way you write……..didn”t plan to watch the movie but your review is leaving me with no choice….i shall do it ASAP…..!!!!!

  2. Ambar

    November 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    A nice written review and an equally good movie…. It was worth a watch.. Kudos to Imtiaz Ali and Ranbir Kapoor…

  3. satish soni (Pune)

    November 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Itna sochna padey to kya GHANTA pyar hua hai!!!

    Worth watch !!! Poora Paisa Wasool !!!

  4. prashant

    November 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    After long time such a good movie .. Ranbir, Imtiaz and Mohit chouhan are the real rock stars with Rehman the great to make this happen.

  5. Kalpesh Jain

    November 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Its awesome movie…music is outstanding…
    Ranbir & Mohit chuhan rocks in it…but end could be better…but overall its a good movie…

  6. navneeta sharma

    November 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    keep up the good work!
    Will certainly watch the movie

  7. Sodhi

    November 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Its really awesome movie! jordan rocks…

  8. Amit

    November 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    A very well written review!Saumya has enabled me to visualize the movie in all its tempo,romance and heartbreak.I need to see it ASAP!

  9. Nita

    November 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Saumya Sharma has taken a lot of pains to narrate the plot and how the story unfolds.She has critiqued the acting,edition, music and film direction very fairly.This has certainly motivated me to go and see the movie in a cinema hall,something which I normally avoid.A good review.

    • Thiago

      March 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      What a great movie Review. This site has finally added an individual that fulfills readers interest and hooks you into reading the entire review. Reviews are satisfying, accurate, entertaining, and displays a fresh perspective.

    • Belinkscreamho

      March 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

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  10. Jhonson

    November 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    The movie isnt great at all. Ranbir has done a good job. Nargis is pale and blank and has poor dialogue delivery. Rest of the cast has done justice with their respective roles. Music is above average just because of Sadda Haq, Kun Faya and Tum Ho, which are worth listening and hummable. Could have been well said but sadly fails to. Shernaz Patel, a talented actor has just been wasted. I wonder what made her take the role!!! Overall I go with 2/5, just for Ranbir Kapoors acting and Mohit Chauhans voice.

    • Mariana

      March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Ranbir is such a fine actor and sexyy!! Just saww the trailer/promo of Rockstar for the fourth time!!! Even that small portion of the movie conveys the effort and hard-work that has gone into it!! And I believe if one puts in honest efforts, like Ranbir has, its bound to work! Dont worry Ranbir, Rockstar is surely gonna do well!! But one thing, I wanna say here. To be honest, songs are always intergral part and can enhance an average film to above average. And for good songs, you need goood singers! I feel the songs are really average in Rockstar. Even that Sadda Haq could have been sung much better. Sonu Nigam is the best available and most versatile!! Hey Ranbir, pls for your next films, use Sonu Nigam and I bet his voice is gonna suit you sooo much. I mean just listen to songs like “Kal Ho Na Ho”. “Tanhayee” , “Deewana Tera” and “Seene Se Yeh Dil gaya”. All these songs are best example of this brilliant singer!!

  11. subrata saha

    November 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    mnd blwng mve…dil ko choo gaya……oh yaa yaa

  12. Devendra Singh

    November 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    very good movi after long time wait …………so plz try to see one time …….devendra singh

  13. Jessica

    November 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hey…. Buddy, The Climax is very clear. Hero lives his whole life singing about her love. As Heroine is in coma, so, she is dead. This clarification is in case if you wanna know about it, otherwise just ignore it. After all the movie is must watch……..

  14. Hema Laungani

    November 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

    After reading such a good review got to know that no doubt music is fantastic will surely watch it.

  15. divyam goel0

    November 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

    i like this movie very much beacause this movie was a new story.

  16. akriti

    November 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    well wriiten saumya….i just did not want to see the movie but after reading your review I went for the movie…it is a perfect love story with awesome songs….. keep it uppp gudd wrkkk!!!

  17. Vicky

    November 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Paisa wasool, fadu……ek dam

  18. Rajat

    November 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Awesome movie…….must watch it. Good job done by Ranbir and imitiaz.

  19. susmita nanda

    December 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Rockstar is an awsome heart wrenching movie. Cried whole through d movie. Again become d fan of Ranbir Kapoor.

  20. mitashi

    December 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

    a very good movie after a…….long time

  21. azhar

    December 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    the movie sucks, music is the only +ve part, it was a pain sitting for 3hrs, movie like 3 idiots was also 3hrs,but was enjoyable.. this movie, u cant sit till the end, naadan parinde was the best part, thanks to ranbirs expressions!!! moreover, it shud hav been given an A certificate!

  22. Tafser Ahmed

    February 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

  23. vijay

    August 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

    i am a big fan of this movie……….
    nice movie …. all of the teamwork is nice!!!
    ranbir and nargis acts awesome!!!

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