Movie: Rockstar

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhiri, Shammi Kapoor, Kumud Mishra, Piyush Mishra and Shernaz Patel

Rating: Average

Story line: Rockstar sketches the ‘found and lost story’ of Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor) in which Janardan Jakhar aka Jordan loses his love for his passion.

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Story of the film is revolving around Janardhan Jakhar, who is a nerdy Harayanvi Delhi college boy and his passion is to become the next Jim Morrison.

He forces himself to fall in love with Heer (Nargis Fakhri), who is a subtle Stephenian girl as he realizes that to be a good musician one needs to have pain and must go through a heart break.

But destiny has something else
in store for him. Eventually he truly falls in love with Heer. Situation takes such turns that Heer gets married and settles abroad and soon after this Jordan realizes his true love for her. Jordan, for whom music means everything, gets confused between love and career. When he decides to quit his career for his love and tries to woo her again, he fails.

Thumbs Up: Story treatment of the film is quite interesting and its engaging narration keeps a good balance between flashback and present. Rockstar starts on a very good note. From showcasing the Delhi college culture to the scenic beauty of Kashmir and some extremely fun-filled dialogues, the film surely rocks in the first half, but falls flat on the face as second half begins.

Ranbir Kapoor proves himself to be an apt choice for the role. He carries the entire film on his shoulders. For her debut, Nargis Fakhri sizzles on the silver screen with her unconventional manner, but eventually, Rockstar is only Ranbir film. It is a milestone movie in his career.

Movie soundtrack is definitely the strength of this flick. As usual A R Rehman has done a good job. Music of the film is very comforting and has already created waves. It is totally in sync with the flow of the story and is extremely soothing. Song ‘Sadda Haqq’ has become youth anthem these days. Besides, there are many songs in the movie which really bound you to croon.

You have to see this flick for Ranbir Kapoor and his power packed performance. With intelligent entertainers like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and now Rockstar, Imtiaz Ali is evolving as a new age Yash Chopra.

As a Rockstar, guitar in hand, Ranbir alias Jordan resembles someone who has been born with the stringed instrument. He has worked hard on his handling of the fretboard, hitting the high notes with ease, something which is essential and central to the character.

As a debutant Nargis Fakhri is impressive. This girl has a long innings to play in the industry. Shammi Kapoor plays too short but a pivotal role in this film.

Thumbs Down:  The unassuming post interval sequences, non-crisp editing and screenplay are the drawbacks. Though the film is a one-time watch, it can be considered as a treat for Ranbir Kapoor’s fans. Ranbir rocks as a rockstar, he deserves kudos.

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JPN