In what can be seen as a combination of factors of working in favour of the movie, the Ranbir-Nargis starrer has exceeded expectation on the box office.
Followed by a month-long extensive promotion of the film, including a house-full rock-concert by Oscar award-winning musician, A R Rahman, the latest movie has received a warm welcome.
The movie was one of the most-awaited attractions following media reports about on-screen and off-screen chemistry between the Kapoor sensation and the Kashimiri beauty, Nargis Fakhri.
Written and directed by Imtiaz Ali (known for his work in Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal), and produced by Shri Ashta Vinayak and Eros International, the story chronicles the ecstatic life of a rockstar, interwoven with a love-story.
Ranbir Kapoor plays Janardan Jakhar, alias Jordon, a teenager from a middle class family in Pitampura in Delhi, who is obsessed with a dream to become rockstar like Jim Morrison. Not discouraged by constant ridicule from family, friends, Jordan is constantly looking for ways to make it big. Not finding any success, he decides to listen to a friend’s advice – you need to fall in love and experience heart-break and pain to be able to produce music that rocks the world.
In search for his tragedy, he proposes his love to Heer (Nargis Fakhri), while being sure in his mind that he will be rejected by the high-headed Kashmiri beauty from a rich family. What begins however is a relationship that rocks on emotions and passion and sees the couple go through highs and lows of their emotions, culminating in… well we won’t spoil the fun by giving away the climax.
Running parallel to the story is the life and struggle of a rock star, exploitation, sex, crime and media manipulation.
The movie keeps audiences glued to their seats while they are taken on a roller-coaster ride of drama and musical ecstasy, while offering some interesting glmpse of the Delhi and Prague culture.
A R Rahman’s music, on its own, does not make sense, but put in context of the movie, blends extremely well and gives viewers the experience of a rock concert. Rahman and singer Mohit Chauhan deserve full credit for making Rockstar a musical experience to remember, while Ranbir Kapoor effortlessly paints a rude rockstar you would hate to love and yet love to hate.
Nargis Fakhri has done well for her first movie, though one would struggle to see her play diverse roles in the future.
This is a movie worth watching if you are keen to experience a rocking combination of music, performance and passion. Did we mention the bonus – Shammi Kapoor in his last on-screen appearance?
Director: Imtiaz Ali – Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shikha Jain, Jaideep Ahlawat, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra