Rockstar - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

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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Plot Summary

Girl, Heer Nargis Fakhri meets boy, Jordan Ranbir Kapoor. And of course, there are hurdles.

What Worked

  • That the movie among other things also implies a marriage where a heart isn't willing is cancerous. Even if it is a bit too literal.
  • The passing reference of how Pandits and muslims co-exist in Kashmir.
  • That the film recognizes that fighting against parents for being with your love is passé. It has now become a matter of fighting against "moral rights and wrongs"
  • The opening line of the film.
  • The documentary-like opening sequence.
  • The shehnai-guitar duet between Rockstar Shammi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor
  • 'ye chaand sa roshan chehra!'

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The predictable cut to a flashback of a younger Ranbir Kapoor after the docu-like opening sequence
  • The act of guitar-strumming - and here I thought I had gotten past complaining about suck trivialities! /li>
  • The disconnect and disjointedness I've been complaining about came out in sequences like the one in which Jordan is beaten up by his family. The icing on the cake was a dialogue that went "agar peechhe nahi pada to usski shaadi mein kyon gaya tha?" (If you aren't wooing her why did you go to his wedding.)
  • Too much stress on lust for a story about two people falling in love(?)