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Rockstar, indeed!

These days, I am asked to write an open letter to anyone and everyone. It has become a standard reply from most of my friends. My ‘15 minutes of fame’ died a rapid yet glorious death and left me with a happy grin about the success of it all. I wonder if Imtiaz Ali feels the same post the incredible directorial venture, ‘Jab We Met’.

Unfortunately, every actor and director in Bollywood has carved a comfort zone for himself or herself & very few dare to step out and risk their market record. Imtiaz Ali is no exception. Four movies. Four love stories. Having said that, all his movies have been ‘different’ and yet had a similar underlying theme, “You don’t find love, it finds you.” Well, I maybe wrong but that’s my take on his movies so far.

Rockstar, for me, is all about passion. It’s a man’s journey from being a complete nobody to an international icon only to realize that he never wanted this dream to come true. It’s about a woman who has everything and yet feels empty from inside. It’s about journalist who would go to any level just for the ‘front-page’ story. It’s about a friend who goes to lengths to protect his eccentric friend. More than anything, it’s about people living their whole life fighting just to run away from themselves.

Moments before the intermission, my wife whispered, “Is this a no-interval movie?” No, not because she was bored, but, because she couldn’t believe the pace with which the movie was moving forward. I shared the exact same emotions. Barring few scenes, I thought the first half was excellent. Sadly, the second half couldn’t maintain the same pace and almost like a mandate for Bollywood movies, it became slow and sappy!

It’s not an original movie by stretch of imagination. You see Rose & Jack when JJ/Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor) taunts Heer (Nargis Fakhri) of being Miss. ‘Neat & clean’ and then helping her live the ‘other’ side before her marriage. You also see Bella & Edward (from Twilight) when Jordan belongs physically incapable of staying away from Heer and she starts living off his presence and unconventional behavior.

I was highly disappointed with A R Rahman’s music till I saw the movie. He has delivered a masterpiece and you need the whole package to experience the beauty of it. Each & every song has a different feel and it has been wonderfully captured in the movie.

There is something really likable about an Imtiaz Ali movie. Fourth time in a row, he has made people sit up & take notice of the characters on the big screen. He has the ability to keep the star name off camera & convert them into the solid characters he believes in. Also, it takes tremendous efforts and courage to sell a love story without using the four-letter word even once.

Nargis Fakhri looks delicious even during the weakest moments in the movie; her acting skills are non-existing. This is not such a bad thing considering a certain Katrina Kaif is ruling the industry by doing exactly the same.

Now, let’s talk about the real Rockstar. Ranbir Kapoor. Forget the disastrous debut. Forget the off-screen persona. Forget the rich heritage. Say hello to the next superstar of Bollywood. I can bet my house that Ranbir Kapoor can and will be the biggest star that this industry has ever seen and the reason is simple, he doesn’t need to act to be a good actor. He is the Hrithik Roshan of dance. He is the Amitabh Bachchan of crisp & clear dialect. He is the Ajay Devgan of intensity. He is Salman Khan of charm. Acting seems as natural as breathing for him and that makes him extremely believable. You are forced to believe him when he screams in pain. You want to believe him when cries at the realization of losing his everything. You do believe him in the last scene when he has nothing left, except a glimpse of someone who has left this world and became hers forever.

Special mention needs to go for Mohit Chauhan. I can’t imagine any other singer who would have done justice to Rahman’s music and suited Ranbir’s character. Infact, if I were Ranbir, I would have only Mohit Chauhan sing all the future songs.

Rating: Watchable.


  • Bollywood needs to rethink the strategy of selling foreign destinations. There was absolutely no relevance of including Prague as a destination; the same could have been pulled off with any other location.
  • PVR needs to rethink its strategy of making money during intermission. 25 minutes are way too much for anyone to digest!
  • Second half could have been half an hour shorter & still would have left the same impact on the audience.
  • I had goose bumps during the ‘Saada Haq’ song.
  • I am gay for Janardhan Jakhar!

20 responses to “Rockstar, indeed!

  1. ankitakanabar (@ChotuMissMuffet) November 13, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Well, i echo all of it that you’ve said here. Every bit. Reading this, i was reminded of the film and those images crossed my mind. I have goosebumps even now. The great thing about Imtiaz Ali is that inspite of the flaws in his movie, you still want to see it again..and it touches you. You want to forget the flaws in the movie, because you are so ‘awwed’ by the good moments in the film. Ranbir has set a new benchmark for others and himself. He has created a new style statement! Lastly, it is an achievement for the whole team, because the film still remains in our thoughts 🙂

  2. Mich November 13, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Well wriiten, yet again. 😀
    Now, it this is making me even more impatient to watch the movie 😀
    Also, I totally agree to the fact that Imitiaz Ali. Is definitely class apart.

  3. Manisha November 13, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I sooooooo agree with you. Even I felt the second half a bit dragging.
    We have no interval over here so we watched everything right after each other.

    I didn’t like the music… Till I heard it in the multiplex. Kun faaya kun, jo bhi main, Katiyaan karoon and hawa hawa were my favourite. Already liked Sadda Haq before the movie had released.

    Good time pass. Paisa vasool. It’s a shame that despite being a obsessed SRK fan I have seen Rockstar before Ra.One 😛

    Nice review Banna, will wait for Don 2 review 😀

  4. ankitakanabar (@ChotuMissMuffet) November 13, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Also you’ve written this extremely well, pointing out a lot of details and straight from the heart 🙂

  5. Abhi November 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Imtiaz Ali’s directorial venture was Socha Na Tha, with Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia.

  6. srijith nambiar (@snamboy) November 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Brilliant! I’m a fan! Not only of the film, Ranbir and Rahman, but also of you. You’ve beautifully articulated pretty much what I felt while watching the movie but struggled to put in words.

  7. Sumukh November 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Have you ever considered to write a script 😀 !

  8. Shakti Shetty November 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve watched this one so i know what you’re talking about.. agreeable post… especially the part where you mention the need to watch the movie to fully grasp AR Rahman’s genius… in fact, i would say, this movie is more of a musical! Yea, rockstar and all.

    And yes, Ranbir is the future superstar (if he isn’t already)… a true artist in the sense most others aren’t in Bollyville.

    Keep reviewing.

  9. cbhave November 14, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Excellent article yet again :). Look forward to more movie reviews!!!!

  10. kaveer rai ☂ (@kaveerr) November 14, 2011 at 6:24 am

    you seemed to have picked out words from my mind …. yup share the same view on the movie

  11. Ankit November 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Balanced post good write up , agreed on every point

  12. @sanwat November 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I totally second your review, ranbir kapoor’s best performance till date. Nargis fakhri and ranbir kapoor’s scene in kashmir with the song “tum ho” in the background was the moment of the film for me. Certain scenes like the first one where ranbir is fighting with policeman in prague and than runs and deliever his performance was a mystry through out as of why he was fighting? Still just because of the songs and ranbir i managed to watch the movie twice. Well done with the review. 😀

  13. Fizz (@MaddoMomo) November 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I completely agree with you on this one ! I just watched the movie. And every single thing that you mentioned is so true. 😀 The music feels amazing when you watch the movie. And yes Ranbir is the next superstar. 😀 And you write amazingly well. 🙂

  14. Pavan November 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    You are the voice of most the people who read you. I almost always think you’ve voicing my opinions when writing reviews and other write-ups. You connect to the readers in a v. striking way. Wish to read more of my views in future represented by you 😀

  15. suruchi November 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I have yet to see the movie but omg-was this a review that makes me cringe and itch even more to watch it!
    And Ranbir Kapoor should read this and he’d be a happier man even more than what he is now:-)

  16. Iris (@IAmHandled) November 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Ahh delay delay delay! Sorry for it.
    But getting back to your post was just worth it.

    Somehow I felt the same as you did. It was stretched towards the end.
    And as far as I know, this movie has got mixed reviews. Some were almost crying in the theatre and the others were yawning, sleeping and what not?!
    Personally, Im a fan of Imtiaz Ali for the way he portrays the story. Even thought they all plain love stories, if you go to compare, they all are so different from each other.
    I will rate this movie 4/5.

    Also, Great job on the review, Banna! 🙂 🙂

  17. Vj December 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Endorse rockstar and diss ra.one. Thats the problem. I am not an srk fanboy, but rockstar isnt watchable.

  18. oyenimsi December 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    awesomely written and yes ranbir is the star of tmrw… ur writing makes the reader get involved the same way rockstars first half was…

  19. MJ December 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Y dont you reply to any of the posts ??? Just out of curiosity .

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