Rockstar - Preview
Rockstar...underwhelming. Ranbir Kapoor portrays the pathos suffered in an epic, romantic tragedy. Unfortunately, that and of course Rahman's music are the only things that are epic about Rockstar. Other than that, it is an abrupt collage of images of awesomely shot rock shows and an attempt of a man and woman trying to find a place for their morals which the rest of the world finds misplaced. Underwhelming - is the word that keeps coming back to me ever since I left the theater.
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Rockstar...Imtiaz Ali is who I think of even before Ranbir Kapoor (like it should be, but isn't always. case in example, here's a rapid fire question for you - who's film is Ra.One?). Imtiaz Ali has a 2 out of 2 track record for me. I haven't watched Socha Na Tha yet. Yes, yes, will correct that error before I watch Rockstar, I promise. But anyway, the one phrase preview for Rockstar would be - "Looking forward to it! Period."
But it gets better. I set out to watch the promotional videos and unlike many "mainstream/big" films, each of them adds to my curiousity and knowledge about the film. For example, I'm already half-way convinced about the chemistry between Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri. I felt for Ranbir Kapoor's character just by seeing his encounter with tragedy (whatever it may be) and felt relief as he finds redemption in music, in this 'Kun Fayaa Kun' video. And of course, I can see him represent today's rebellious youth in 'Sadda Haq'.
And yet, you are ready for more.
The story we know so far, is simple but interesting enough. A to-be-artist wants to create tragedy in his life because all artists have tragedy in their lives for their work to be recognized. It reminded me of this beautiful Israeli film, Ben's Biography. Of course, Rockstar won't be anything like Ben's Biography, the latter is pretty demented.
Not that, Rockstar is any less demented. Nargis Fakhri the refreshing find (at least from the promos!) goes completely bonkers as the 'Jungli-Jawani' watching, 'desi-daru' drinking foreigner, check out -
The music is either trippy or a world apart, the visuals promise to be zany too. Just look at this image here!
And the film could be awful, but you will have to thank it for the bonus Shammi Kapoor. I mean, what's there not to look forward to, tell me?
Milliblog - "Rockstar’s soundtrack deserves to be (only) the 3rd 300 worder on Milliblog. Its listeners are bound to explore and discover many nuances as they listen and immerse themselves in this soundtrack."
Music Aloud - "9.5/10"
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"
Happy Sing - "Sadda Haq aithe rakh is a song for many seasons"
dunkdaft - "this was definitely worth all the hype, wait and curiosity generated around the album"