movie review : Rockstar (2011)

Jordan – the rockstar’s love saga cuddles up to your heart’s strings but the story has a few unanswered questions.

Imtiaz Ali‘s Rockstar begins in Prague, where the audiences are taken to a jam-packed venue ready to watch Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor) take the stage. He is emotionally troubled, dejected and has a lot of hate piled up within him.

Flashback – We are in Delhi, where a localite named Janardhan is not interested in anything else but music. The drive to fulfill his dreams is present in abundance but what’s lacking is that scar, a jolt that would make his passion even more believable. The storytellers thought it would be best to introduce a chick who would screw his mind, and this would allow rage to enter his music and at the same time would change the reason for his existence. Heer (Nargis Fakhri) – the hot and suave girl who studies in a neighbouring college and is supposed to be getting married in two months time rejects Janardhan’s proposal to be his girlfriend. Even though he tells her “tu aur main rock kar denge“. That’s our naive Jordan who wants to be the next Jim Morrison.

She wants to get her hands dirty and do all the crazy stuff that she can’t once she ties the knot. And that’s how Heer and Janardhan pair up to explore the unexplored. Jordan (that’s how she introduces him to her friends) forgets he was ever into music, gets thrown out of his house and spends two months in a dargah. This is where he rediscovers music. All this while Heer is married and has packed off to Prague. Ustad Jameel Khan (Shammi Kapoor) refers Jordan to a record company, and Janardhan a.k.a. Jordan receives a kick start to his career and also takes him to Prague. The lead-duo meet up again and this time things go as they had never planned it. They fall in love.

Heer is torn between marriage and love so she asks the to-be-rockstar to fuck off. Circumstances put Jordan in trouble, he ends up in jail and the small time singer returns home to India where the media has portrayed him as a notorious musician. Fame follows and despite having everything Jordan hates his life. He can’t get over Heer, even a kiss with journalist Sheena (Aditi Rao Hydari) does not give him an erection.

Two years pass by and in the meantime Heer has been diagnosed with some thing serious, has returned back to India as she tells her husband about her unfaithfulness. Her condition worsens with each passing day and she feels better only in Jordan’s presence. Isn’t that enough to conclude they are made for each other?

The movie does have loose ends with unanswered questions but the Kapoor lad has given a terrific performance and Nargis Fakhri is a gift to Bollywood. Hot, fresh and guess what – she can act! Several character actors play it real and Rahman‘s score makes the movie even more grand. All of Imtiaz‘s stories have a common theme – Complications in love. He tells love tales differently. With Rockstar, Imtiaz explains the loneliness that one has to deal with when s/he is up there on top. It’s not just sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. There is more to life than what meets the eye. Rockstar‘s not a winner all the way but I’m still going to watch it again for one of my favorite Bollywood directors Imtiaz, and of course for Ms. Fakhri!

Rating : 4/5

Read the music review for Rahman’s album Rockstar


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