Imtiaz Ali‘s Rockstar is built entirely on the awe-inspiring performance of Ranbir Kapoor, sizzling chemistry between Ranbir-Nargis Fakhri, poignant dialogues and A.R Rahman music. True, the film has its magical moments but unfortunately the disjointed script works against the film,especially in the second half.
When you are an Imtiaz Ali and boast of a repertoire of beautiful movies like Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal, expectations are bound to scale new heights. When your audience doesn’t get that ‘feel’ with their favorite director disappointment is bound to crop up. This is the major problem with ROCKSTAR. The script fails and had the director paid more attention to this aspect of film-making it would have emerged as one of the most memorable and why not the film of the year.
ROCKSTAR is the story of Janardhan, Jordan later (Ranbir, a middle class boy in Delhi who aims to become a ROCKSTAR. He becomes one but his troubled relationship with Heena(Nargis Fakhri) screws him. Director Imtiaz Ali ROCKSTAR is inspired by the life of Jim Morison. In short, the film hits at society established norms where many youth would connect with. Unfortunately, had the script been tight it would have emerged as a cult film.
Okie, let’s look at the plus point.The first half of the movie has been well shot and credit should go Imtiaz Ali. This guy is one of the best directors and some of the scenes in the movie reinforce the fact that he is a genius. The scene where Ranbir tears the document and throws on the face of Piyush Mishra is icing on the cake. Dialogues has always been his forte. If in Jab We Met, we had bachpan se mujhe shaadi karne ki bahut shauk thi or in Love Aaj Kal we had Mango people, ROCKSTAR gives us Junglee Jawaani, Dil todne ki Machine. It remains one of the best part of the movie. Also, the sequence in Kashmir when Ranbir does a reprise of the legend Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir ki Kali, will remain with the audience forever. The entry of Shammi Kapoor on the wheel chair is one of the highlights of the movie and shows that even in his last days, he is so adorable and endearing. The jugal bandhi played by Shammi-ji and Ranbir is almost magic. Dear Shammi-ji we will always miss you!
Despite being expressionless, Nargis Fakhri is glamorous and has the sex appeal and the chemistry between her and Ranbir forms part of the film’s strength. AR Rahman is in superb form and his music in ROCKSTAR, especially Jo Bhi Main and Faya kaun proves that he is the best and may make the audience watch an otherwise disjointed script and a film which falls short of expectations. Plus, Ranbir gives an award-winning performance and shows his maturity as an actor. Certainly he is the best actor of his generation and acts like a true superstar. Kumud Mishra as the canteen manager is splendid while Aditi Rao Hydari is coy but has little to do in the movie.
The problem with ROCKSTAR is that the script is loose and drags specially towards the end. It is so incoherent that one wonders whether it’s really an Imtiaz Ali movie or it has been ghost directed by someone else. Some of the sequences shot in Prague is testimony to a bad script. Let’s put it that way: The script is bad and goes in the wrong way in portraying the life of a ROCKSTAR. Towards the end of the movie the loopholes in the script shows. The end is erratic as the audience is left confused as to what really happened to one of the main characters in the movie. Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar is disappointing as far the script, screenplay is concerned. Imtiaz managed to extract wonderful performance from Ranbir but he couldn’t do so with Nargis.Despite the strengths in the first half, it fall short if expectations. Still I would give 3 stars for Ranbir class act and A.R Rahman sumptuous musical feast.
Watch only of you are a huge Ranbir fan and hasn’t watched the beautiful works of Imtiaz Ali earlier.