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Rockstar
Samrat Sharma / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.5
6.5
9.0
8.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
No
Go watch this film. That's the best advice I can give you.

Rockstar is a peerless film, rich in texture and detail, and enriched by complex and well-realized emotions. It has an almost-perfect lead, and a literally and utterly flawless musician scoring it.

That said, it is a film which has many weaknesses - in the acting, the writing, and the point it tries to make - but warts and all, it is a film that is hard not to recommend.

It is easy to get into the defects - the music is informed by the locations, but never the emotions of the lead, never getting the genius behind the poetry; the lead actress cannot act, and frequent mistakes on stage by Ranbir don't help; the editing could use a little tightening; and the story is utter fluff.

It is, however, just as easy to pause, soak in the incredible atmosphere created by Imtiaz Ali, A R Rahman and Anil Mehta, and lose yourself in it. And then there's Shammi Kapoor in a delightful role.

Rockstar doesn't make it easy to identify with it as a film about rock music - and therein lies the biggest problem - but as with all Imtiaz Ali films, this is a love story between two deeply flawed but very real human beings, and how their love informs their decisions in the world around them.

Janardhan or JJ (Ranbir Kapoor) dreams of being Jim Morrison, and the only thing that separates him from greatness is the lack of true angst - or so he's told. Attempting to get his heart broken by a Stephens girl, Heer (Nargis Fakhri), he instead finds a friend who, unlike him, isn't a poseur - she is someone who truly wishes to live and experience life.

The loss of someone who he always wishes he could be is the recurring theme in this winter-soaked film - he loses Heer many times, each recurrence bringing him that much closer to finally realizing who he is, and that much closer to the music that was always inside him.

Rockstar works as a doomed love story better than it works as a study of musical genius, but ARR's score and a creatively sensuous on-stage performance by Ranbir help alleviate that. It is tragic that Ranbir and Imtiaz couldn't be bothered to pay attention to the guitar in Ranbir's hand more, but it is also petty to nitpick.

As the non-linear film plays out, we learn more of the past and the present of Jordan (the newly-christened Janardhan), but his flawed attempts to be a rebel, to be popular, are never truly explained. Not that Imtiaz is known to rely on short-cuts. There are small moments that create a complete picture of Heer's domestic life that are far more effectual than any exposition - but the effect is clearer than the cause.

Jordan's success hinges on his carefully-constructed rebel persona, but his music is true - from a place of deep wisdom, the film talks very effectively about celebrity and talent, and, how, even when they go hand in hand, they are never really bedfellows. It's that kind of film - with important things to say about its characters, and some major secrets left hidden.

Rockstar is a smart, well-crafted film, that I wholeheartedly recommend despite its lingering flaws. This is worth your time, even if you do not completely dig it - it is worth it for the dialogue, the thought and the music it has, and the introspection it is sure to trigger.
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  • Cast
    Ranbir Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shikha Jain, Jaideep Ahlawat, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel, Kumud Mishra, Moufid Aziz
  • Music
    A R Rahman
  • Director
    Imtiaz Ali
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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sekar on 18th Nov 2011, 1:44pm | Permalink
The story is obsessed to show that jj is depressed and from only depression one can get a kalakar. wat a crap....... Ranbir, one of the khandani actor rubbed on audience, is still having problems with emotions. lastly, all the songs are same

Pros: visuals and fresh nargis
Cons: performances by nargis and ranbir
RATING
4
kk on 14th Nov 2011, 12:32pm | Permalink
who is james morrison
Mongoloid on 13th Nov 2011, 8:55pm | Permalink
On many occasions I found that your reviews of a movie are more 'serious & profound' than the actual movie. Whether the director has such a 'deeeeeeeeeper perspective' is another matter. I haven't seen this movie, but the story sounds, as usual, as is often the case these days, like another theme imported from american culture which is efficiently dismantled and reassembled so as to be Indianized (What is this a guy wanting to be a rock star in India?? have you ever seen such a guy here?? and how the hell do all these guys end up finding such ravishing beauties (with even an ability to think, ooof) as friends and lovers??)....
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