Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision and Eros International
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri
Music: A R Rahman
Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri (the newcomer babe on Bollywood front) starrer Rockstar, after huge media hype and promotions by the makers, finally hits the screens all over. Imtiaz Ali’s directed venture opens up with interesting fun filled sequences that entice the souls. By the time the sequences begin shifting between past and the present, the audiences’ connection with the film develops instantly.
The typical Delhi college’s lifestyle and the heart-hitting beauty of the Kashmir valley have been captured magnificently getting glued to the viewers to the screens. The leading characters – Ranbir and Nargis, college mates, step out for the secret tour. Nargis (who plays Heer) is going to get married and before the wedding, she wants to do crazy things such as consuming desi alcohol, viewing the second class porn movies in small town and the things like that. The youth’s spark has been executed on the screen with conviction.
First half goes brilliantly well grabbing the attention of the viewer but the post interval portion appears a bit lackluster since the narration turns mundane. The film lacks in another issue – realism. There are a number of sequences which the viewer cannot swallow. The audience begins thinking that the intelligent director like Imtiaz could have done with these sequences by injecting more realism. Since Shammi Kapoor, the late star who passed away some time back, too made his appearance on the film and it is his last film as an actor, the sequence between Shammi and Ranbir appears simply heart-warming.
Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbir Kapoor) is a n immature but a guy who loves cheers. He has one big dream in life – to become the biggest rockstar just like Jim Morrison. Soon he comes to know that all rockstars shares one thing in common ‘tragedy’. To become what they are today, all stars have undergone mammoth sufferings and struggles. He loses his heart to his college mate, Heer (Nargis Fakhri) who wants to enjoy craziest things before she gets married. Rockstar is the journey of the passionate music lover Janardhan who embarks to become a rockstar.
AR Rahman’s music is a class to listen too. The soothing composition entices the souls. The editing of the flick is average. This venture of Imtiaz resembles with his previous movies – Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal.
Story is good and the screenplay is creatively penned. The execution on the screen is good but not of that standards for which Imtiaz is known in the industry and among the audiences.
Ranbir Kapoor shows his class that he is the one actor who keeps on improving. He is simply wonderful in the role of a rockstar. Nargis Fakhri looks amazingly gorgeous and enacts the part well. Rest of the cast too does the job well.
On the whole, Rockstar is a good entertainer but not extraordinary fête.