Review: ‘Rockstar’ is soul-stirring journey

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2011, 08:41 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Who doesn’t want to be a rockstar? Long, dishevelled hair, devil-may-care attitude and a guitar slung over the shoulder is enough to make pretty girls go weak in the knees. Yes, that’s one of the umpteen images which incessantly comes to our mind the moment we think of a rockstar.

We all love rockstars but we seldom come across the real human being hidden behind the artist and Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ is a soul stirring journey of an artist as a rockstar. The film traces the transformation of happy-go-lucky chap Janardhan Jakhad (Ranbir Kapoor) into a rebel rocker Jordan.

Kudos to Imtiaz for laying bare the soul of a troubled musician, whose estranged relationship with family and his unrequited love with Heer (Nargis Fakhri) leads to acute self-discovery, which expresses itself through music. A rebel is born and Janardhan becomes Jordan, who struggles to cope up with his instant fame and the pain of the broken heart.

Imtiaz Ali comes across as a highly sensitive filmmaker who has mastered the art of portraying human relationships. He has immense grip over the romantic genre and knows how to keep the plot and storyline interesting without going overboard or sounding too clichéd.

A layered storyline, great background score by AR Rahman and Aarti Bajaj’s crisp editing and Anil Mehta’s inspiring cinematography makes the film all the more bracing as it traverses various parts of the world, right from Delhi to Kashmir and Prague.

Undoubtedly, ‘Rockstar’ is one of the best performances by Ranbir Kapoor and as for Imtiaz Ali, it’s his artistry which infuses soul in the film and makes it a truly watchable film.

Ratings: Four cheers for this one!