What does it take to be a Rockstar? Is pain and consequent emotional trauma necessary to produce those heart wrenching lyrics? Does everybody who counts themselves in the league of Creatives have to go through spirit numbing experiences? Well, after seeing the recently released Ranbir Kapoor starrer Rockstar, I found myself debating over the issue which forced me to look at the lives of real rockstars like Jim Morrison (about whom film mentions as well) who revolutionized the world of music and made him a cult. Ranbir Kapoor made every attempt to make the character of Janardan Jhaakad, a confused love struck musician, real without going overboard. Nargis Fakhri, an American model, who plays the love interest of Ranbir in the movie, gave a decent performance.
Rockstar, like all the movies of Imtiaz Ali, had a realistic feel to it, despite of its backdrop. First half of the film is shot in Delhi University’s Hindu college, where Ranbir, with his ‘Jat’ boy accent and tight cut sleeve home knitted sweaters, makes failed attempt to fall in love with the popular ‘heart breaking’ machine played by Fakhri. Even though the two don’t fall in love, they embark on an adventure to fulfill their frivolous or so called shady desires i.e. before Fakhri gets married. What follows next is the making of an thoroughly confused, unsatisfied, vehemently blunt, but a heartthrobr whose style of a rebel wins him a million fans all over the world and about whom he least cares for, as somewhere in his heart, his childhood dream of being counted in the league of Steven Tyler and Chris Cornell had been replaced! All throughout the film, Janardhan who has been nicknamed as Jordan, grow up to be a person who is a diehard follower of nobody but his heart and all that he witnesses is the sole consequence of not using his head even once. Though it is a most liberating feeling, it is also the most difficult one to achieve.
Imtiaz could have narrated the story in casual style of storytelling, but he chose to show it in the most intellectual and stimulating style: Montague. The film is a blend of various connecting events which leads to the climax. Scene after scene picked up from past and future is thrown randomly yet meaningfully on the 70mm creating just the right impact. Though it is the most difficult style of editing, director and his team came managed it wonderfully with equally sole stirring songs that described the theme of the movie so effectively that it felt that every word was just meant to be written for this zealous character. The song ‘nadaan parindey’ which describes the journey of a lost soul who is in search of peace and satisfaction, does aptly so in the end, when Jordan finally gets to meet his soul-mate, but unfortunately when she is dead…
Film ends with the quote of legendary poet, Rumi, ‘Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there’. Indeed so!