Wednesday December 14th 2011

Movie Review: Rockstar



In the film, Ranbir Kapoor is advised that to be a true-blue artist and a real rockstar he has to experience pain, which will come through heartbreak. If we go by this theory, most audiences of this film will walk out of the hall as rockstars, since the movie will largely leave them heartbroken. Though Ranbir Kapoor has delivered one of his best peformances so far, the film’s script fails to live up to expectations. While AR Rahman’s music is a plus point, Nargis Fakhri’s performance disappoints.

Imtiaz Ali is known for his old-wine-in-new-bottle brand of cinema. Rockstar is very much engaging as far as it is in that familiar territory, where the director adds a refreshing touch to the regular romance drama. The casual chemistry that he induces between the lead pair through their wacky and eventful escapades has its moments of charm.

A R Rahman’s music remains a formidable backbone of Rockstar, most notably the song “Saada Haq”, the best rock anthem to have come out of Bollywood to date. Anil Mehta’s cinematography is excellent, particularly the shots of the concerts.

Neither a standalone story about the rise-of-an-underdog who becomes the biggest rockstar nor is it merely a love story with a rockstar backdrop. The director somewhere attempts to correlate the rockstar’s rise with his romance but isn’t able to achieve that impeccably. How much ever you try to ignore, but Nargis Fakhri fervently reminds of Katrina Kaif through her looks, acting, lip movements (and seemingly also has the same voice dubbing artist). Nevertheless she is likeable and shares good chemistry with Ranbir. Kumud Mishra as Jordan’s advisor-turned-manager is impressive. Aditi Rao Hydari is confident but marred by a short-lived character. Piyush Mishra makes for an animated-yet-interesting negative lead. And it’s pleasing to see Shammi Kapoor is his last decent cameo.

Imtiaz Ali had a darn good story on his hands but he makes a hash of it in the second half and concludes on a rather predictable note. This story of Jordan rotten ends suspended in a Rumi “field” beyond the right-doing and wrong-doing, where the lovers are forever united.
Ranbir gives cent percent to his character.

Rockstar rocks you but only partially thanks to the star called Ranbir Kapoor.

2.5 Star out of 5.

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