A classical love story

Reviews 12-Nov-2011 3:22 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Imitiaz Ali bond over love stories have been purely magical. The poignancies, grandiosities, reveling narration have been his inmost factors that pave him way of success. ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’ have been the best illustrations boasting of such traits. ‘Rockstar’ wasn’t making headlines merely for the director’s brand and Ranbir Kapoor as well. More than everything A.R. Rahman added more magniloquence to the magic with almost all the tracks turning to be chartbusters.

You’ll have to be sure about certain things before heading for this movie. ‘Rockstar’ is something that remains quite different in style and theme from the director’s previous movies. Yes, it’s a love story and it’s about a journey of protagonist on search of something much same as Ali’s previous movies.

The story traverses through the life of Janardhan (Ranbir Kapoor), who wants to achieve something in his life and it’s Music. ‘Toote Huye Dil Se Hi Sangeeth Nikaltha Hai’ becomes the mantra and he goes on pursuit of falling in love with the college’s most beautiful girl (Nargiz). Soon the girl gets ready for marriage and Janardhan returns home with a broken heart to set the winning spree. Indeed, he becomes the most favorite of the masses, but things don’t go as he wanted to be. Destiny or Fate – A close call indeed…. It brings them together again.

Ranbir Kapoor had already proved his adeptness as a brilliant actor in films ‘Rocket Singh’, ‘Wake Up Sid’ and ‘Raajneeti’. But the actor stands out with surpassing performance and eclipses his previous records. A prodigious effort from the actor and his gradual transition in terms of characterization from beginning till the end is awesome. His emotional expressions during the song leave us enthralled. Nargiz the beauty queen enchants us and of course her performance is good in places, especially the climax. Evergreen superstar Shammi Kapoor in his cameo role is a special treat for all his fans.

It’s an out-of-blue thinking by Imitiaz Ali. Though it faintly reminiscences of few Korean movies for its style of treatment, it’s so close to heart. The second hour may seem to be little dragging for the commercial movie lovers, but then it remains so engrossing, particularly from the penultimate sequences.

Grand applause for the technical team… The scenic cinematography by Anil Mehta is over the top. The lavish and elegant beauty of Kashmir and Prague are captured fabulously. Almost all the shots are crane-bounded and editing by Aarti Bajaj is a trillion dollar job. Any editor would wriggle their heads handling so many transitions and continuities.

But it’s A.R. Rahman stealing the show with his wow-wow-wow music. He has clearly understood what’s essential for the film and doesn’t give places for background score at many places. The songs ‘Nadaan Parindey’, ‘Jo Bhi Main’ and ‘Saadaa Haq’ are electrifying.

‘Rockstar’ may not be a film for everyone, but it’s a film that glorifies the essence of true love and passion.

What works: Ranbir Kapoor, A.R. Rahman, Dialogues, Cinematography, Editing,

What doesn’t work: Overloaded transitions, second half,

Verdict: A classical love story

Review byRichard Mahesh

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