Starring: Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Music: A.R. Rahman
Jamia Journal Rating: *** (3/5)
In my opinion, there are only two reasons why anyone should watch the movie Rockstar; and they are: the songs of the movie, and Nargis Fakhri.
And then there is only one reason why anyone should not watch the movie Rockstar; and that reason is: Ranbir Kapoor.
Whatever good Nargis Fakhri added to the movie, Ranbir Kapoor made sure he neutralized it with his god awful acting skills.
Neither did I find the character he played to be any good. There were moments when I could not tell who I disliked more, the character or the actor playing the character.
And then there is the concept of the movie itself.
Bollywood has a real problem with coming up with something of its own. Something original; something novel.
India, as far as I know, does not have rockstars with a fanatic fan following. And here I’m referring to actual music rockstars, and not celebrities from the entertainment world.
The worship of rockstars as demigods is a very western societal phenomenon. There is no equivalent in the Indian context as far as I know. And I guess that’s why “Jordan,” the protagonist played by Ranbir Kapoor, had to spend so much of his time in Europe performing in front of stadium-filled screaming fans; and oddly enough, in Hindi to a European audience.
The saving grace, however, are the songs to the movie and Nargis Fakhri.
The movie has some of the best songs I’ve heard this year. The song “Hawa Hawa” is my favorite, but sadly, the song has no link to the plot of the movie. I mention this fact because that was one of the major reasons for me to watch the movie in the first place. I wanted to see how the awesome lyrics of the song were related to the movie. But as I said, the song has no relation to the story whatsoever.
AR Rahman with his great music, Mohit Chauhan with his amazing voice and Irshad Kamil with his super lyrics, have come together to give us some of the most outstanding songs to the movie.
And last but not least; the other saving grace is Nargis Fakhri. Her’s is a face to die for. I swear to God!
But she is not all looks. Even though this is Nargis Fakhri’s first movie, she has done an outstanding job as an actor. She is a better actor than Ranbir Kapoor that’s for sure.
In conclusion, the movie is apparently a tragic love story that also gives you an insight into the life of a larger than life Indian rockstar; an entity which is as fictional as the character that tried to represent it.
Go for it if you have the time and money to spare.