Love, hate?

Still from the movie "Rockstar". Photo: Special Arrangement  


Cast:Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri

The thing about Imtiaz Ali's movies is that not everybody likes them. I, for one, went crazy over “Love Aaj Kal” when a majority of my friends were sceptical about it. The problem with “Rockstar” is that it leaves you confused. It seemed like the scriptwriters ran out of reasons to separate the guy and his girl other than the guy having commitment issues or the girl marrying some other guy or, of course, either of them dying.

Story in short

A wannabe heartbreak leads to genius musician hooking up with a sophisticated girl over wild things. Soon enough she gets married to another guy and flies off to Prague. Our star meets her there. The love and passion they never knew existed comes into being and that's when the confusion sets in. And throw in the eternal “the girl has an incurable disease and is going to die soon” syndrome, and bingo! We have a wannabe rockstar sink into depression, denial and anger and become a real rockstar.

Due credits

Ranbir Kapoor literally carries the movie on his shoulders and does a good job of it too. Nargis Fakhri doesn't have much to do apart from showing some chutzpah in the first half and looking sick and tired in the second half (and yes, Bollywood has scored a Katrina Kaif talk-alike).

Halfway through the movie I started wondering what kind of heartbreak A.R.Rahman must have had to give some of his best music.

Bottomline:There are movies that you love, there are movies that you hate, and then there are those which you can't decide whether to love or hate and “Rockstar” falls under that.

N. UTHRA, Final year, IT, MIT

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