Rockstar – transformation of a regular guy to a devil may care rockstar!

Rockstar is the movie of the year! It’s the best of what Bollywood had on offer in 2011 so far. Mind you it’s not your typical Bollywood masala movie. It’s different. It does not have a happy ending, it doesn’t even have a sad ending, in fact it does not have any conclusive ending. Much like the real life.

Rockstar is a story of a guy who yearns to be a rockstar and when he attains the name, fame and money he always wanted, he is no longer able to enjoy it! Reason? He is in love and the girl he loves is already married to someone else. The girl also loves him, they meet and they do things they both know they should not be doing, but they don’t care. They can’t help themselves. The girl, afraid of the societal repercussions of their relationship forces the guy to be away from her and the guy leaves. He rises to the heights he had imagined but he is not happy, there’s something burning inside him. He misses her.

The rockstar turns exceedingly moody and erratic. He attacks media, slaps policemen, does not turn up for scheduled live performances, he is sued, thrown in jail…it all happens to him. Media glorifies him negatively which only adds to his fan following. It all happens because he is not able to be with the girl he is madly in love with!

Imtiaz Ali has a common theme in his movies – people fall in love but they don’t understand or know that they are in love. It happens in Socha Na Tha with Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia, happens with Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met and with Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in Love Aaj Kal where Saif’s character isn’t able to understand the reason of his depression and Deepika realises it on the first day after her marriage. Something similar happens in Rockstar as well but the story, characters and the narrative are different.

As I mentioned, the movie is not a typical Bollywood movie where the Hero and Heroine unite at the end after all the hardships and they live happily ever after. This movie does not have a definitive conclusion. You don’t know whether the Heroine dies, they two don’t reunite, the Hero doesn’t go insane. The story just ends like in real life.

What makes the movie tick are three things – A. R. Rahman’s music, Mohit Chauhan’s vocals AND Ranbir Kapoor’s acting. Boy Ranbir has grown into a superb actor! He own the character, the passion he brings in his onstage performances, the madness he portrays, the love, the rage he puts in his character makes the character very much believable and likable. It’s a sad movie out and out. But not a drop of tear is shed by Jordan (the rockstar Ranbir plays) during the entire movie except at the end. The rockstar vents his sorrow and frustration not with tears but with his performance on stage.

It’s a journey and the lyrics are just so apt for the situations –

Oh eco friendly, nature ke rakshak, main bhi hoon nature
rivajo se, samajo se kyu kate mujhe, kyu bate mujhe is tarah

Another one –

Kaaga re kaaga re more, itni araj mori chun chun khaiyo maas
Khaiyo na do naina more, khaiyo na do naina more, jiya ke milan ki aas

I can’t put into words the feelings behind those words. When you see Ranbir Kapoor singing them on screen with Rahman’s music and Mohit’s vocals and you know the back story, you get sucked into the soul of the song. You feel euphoric with Sadda Haq and feel for the two lovers with Nadaan Parinde. It’s a different experience.

One word on Nargin Fakhri – she looks pretty and ravishing. It’s understandable why she was cast to play Heer cause we need a justifiable reason to explain Jordan’s love and want for her. She can make any man insane. Although she is not very strong on the acting part – looks stone faced at times – but she performs her part well. There’s not much to do for her in the film and her character is not fully developed either. Star of the show is undoubtedly Ranbir.

I will be really disappointed if Rahman, Mohit, Ranbir and Imtiaz don’t get rewarded with awards in their respective categories next year. This movie is something different, and I highly recommend it to everybody.

However one note of caution: not everyone will like it because it is not a masala entertainer like Salman’s movies. It is not absurd like Akshay Kumar’s films, it does not have SRKesque romance, nor does it have a meaningful message like Aamir’s movies and a conclusive story and heartwarming moments like Rajkumar Hirani’s films. This is one film where the story and the conclusion doesn’t matter, it’s the narrative that you enjoy.

I would give it 4 stars out of 5.

Rockstar – transformation of a regular guy to a devil may care rockstar!
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