Life in a typical Delhi college and the scenic beauty of Kashmir has been beautifully captured on screen. Youngsters and even the older, lot will be able to relate to many sequences in Rockstar, when the protagonist played by Ranbir Kapoor goes out on secret excursions with his college mate Heer played by Nargis Fakhri. Heer is getting married and wants to do a lot of crazy stuffs before that. That includes drinking desi alcohol, watching B-grade porn in a small theatre and so on. The spark and innocence of the youth is extremely well depicted and executed perfectly well.
However, the second half gets a little monotonous and the narration becomes a little weak. Another drawback in Rockstar is the 'realism' part. Many sequences in the film are hard to believe and one cannot help but opine that Imtiaz could have dealt with it more realistically. The scene between Ranbir and Shammi Kapoor is very nice to watch, apart from many other light moments.
The background score by AR Rahman is extremely good and uplifts your mood. The music and songs are capable of drifting you to another world.
Some of the dialogues in Rockstar is truly funny, though the editing could have been more crispier. Rockstar bears similarity with Imtiaz Ali's previous ventures - Jab We Met and Love Aaj kal. If you have enjoyed watching any of those films, you sure will love Rockstar as well.
Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbir Kapoor), is a cheerful, immature young boy studying and whiling away time in The Hindu College canteen.
Janardan has a bigger dream – a dream of being a rockstar like Jim Morrison! Janardan realises later that all musical stars and artists have one thing in common – tragedy. They all have suffered painful heartbreaks to become what they are. Janardan forces himself to fall in love with Nargis (Heer), who happens to be his college mate.
Heer is rich, sophisticated, talented, arrogant and the diva of the college campus. She has broken many hearts and so Janardan hopes she will break his heart too. He sets out to woo Heer with the intention of getting his heart broken.
Rockstar is the journey of an immature boy, who will eventually become the Rockstar that he always wanted to be.
Imtiaz Ali has been able to extract mind blowing performance from all actors, especially Ranbir Kapoor. Ranbir has proved once again that he is an awesome actor. Ranbir has been able to pull off the role with aplomb. He will be remembered always for his extraordinary performance in Rockstar. Nargis Fakhri looks mind blowing. She acts well too. However, Nargis is unable to pull off a few very emotional scenes. The on screen chemistry between Nargis Fakhri and Ranbir Kapoor is electrifying. Rockstar is Shammi Kapoor's last film and the actor is simply outstanding in his small, yet important role. The other actors have given an average performance.
On the whole, Rockstar could have been better. 3 stars for Rockstar.
Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak & Eros International Media Ltd
Writer/Director: Imtiaz Ali
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Music: AR Rehman
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Aditi Rao, Kumud Mishra, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel