Chances are as you walk out of the theatre you may want to go sit in a quiet place.
As you think of the movie later, you will find several flaws in the script – but when watching it you sort of overlook it because this is Imitiaz’s best; amongst Rehman’s finest, (special mention for Irshad Kamil’s lyrics) and Ranbir, well, he is magic. He makes you burst out laughing, takes you along on his spiritual sojourn, encompasses you in the warmth of his hug (a brilliant touch), puts you in a trance when he’s on the dance floor and finally makes you feel his tragic helplessness…. And leaves you with the nagging question: why is it that only when the quantity of life is limited, that we gain awareness and courage to add quality to it?
Imtiaz Ali has a recurring theme in all his movies –unacknowledged love followed by separation, and then realization and a difficult unity…Rockstar has been the best so far, he has acting talent of a different league, he has some great dialogues, some heart wrenching moments …clever cinematographic technique– especially in the rock concert shots.
This movie is more about love and its accompaniments than the recipients of love …Maybe that’s why you can forgive the fact that the characters are sketchy especially the female character. Nargis has limited acting ability and a mouth that is more distracting than attractive. Shammi Kapoor is fabulous and is the only other actor who deserves mention. The movie has its heart in the right place and music that moves you like you had forgotten music could.
Warning: Savor the movie – it’s like eating a gourmet dish – let the flavors roll onto your tongue, let the taste travel to your brain (or will that be heart?) and relish it. You can feel the taste much after the meal is over. If you’re a fast food lover it may seem like much ado about nothing, slow and painful.