As is to be expected of 99.9% of Indian films, Rockstar too is a romance.
But this one comes covered in the garb of an aspiring music lover’s rocky trek to rockstardom.
Unless you’ve been hiding under some desi rock eating stale Diwali Ladoos, you know Rockstar features Ranbir Kapoor and the sexy Paki-American-Czech kitten Nargis Fakhri.
And that the movie is written and directed by Imtiaz Ali (of Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal fame) with music by the peerless A.R.Rahman.
Only the dimmest of dimwits would deny that Ranbir Kapoor is the best young actor in India today.
Hey, in our not-so-humble opinion Ranbir makes even a budda like Amitabh Bachchan, with over four decades in the business, look like a bachcha.
Of course, the best part of Rockstar is Ranbir.
The fella rocks.
As the young aspiring musician, the friendly college-student, the pensive lover-boy and ultimately the completely out-of-control Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor brings life, a ton of life to the film.
If you haven’t heard by now, Ranbir Kapoor plays Janardhan Jakhar, a young Jim Morrison wannabe deeply passionate about music, gets friendly with the most beautiful girl in the college, falls in love with her, becomes a rockstar and finally (does he get the girl or not?).
When he’s not busy with any of the above, out JJ aka Jordan is engaging in a lot of self-destructive activities.
The movie’s weakest link is director Imtiaz Ali’s less-than-impressive story.
Not only is it hopelessly unconvincing but it drags on in the second half.
You need oodles of ‘suspension of disbelief’ to swallow that a young Muslim girl is gallivanting around on a jazzy motorbike with a guy on her wedding day.
Mercifully, we didn’t get the happy-ending that is de rigueur in Indian films.
Sadly, the recently departed Shammi Kapoor, in what was likely his last film, was wasted because of poor writing by Imtiaz Ali and makes no impact whatsoever.
Now, don’t you schmucks believe all the hype about the music.
It doesn’t rock but Rahman has done more than an adequate job.
We bet there’s not a single Indian among the 1.2 billion desi mosquitoes that’s not listened to Saadda Haq.
For the most part, the picturizations of the songs were decent too.
Hey, What about the Babe?
Ah, now for Rockstar’s heroine Nargis Fakhri.
The girl oozes sex appeal, class and grace, three elements missing in the Priyankas, Kareenas, Aishwaryas, Katrinas, Deepikas etc of Bollywood.
Nargis’ good luck was to jump from riding the E, F or 7 train in Queen’s to heroine in a high-profile Bollywood movie like Rockstar.
Nargis’ bad luck was to be paired opposite an actor of Ranbir Kapoor’s caliber.
Pitted against Ranbir, even Nargis’ best efforts would be found wanting. And it is.
While not as bad as the hideous Bollywood trinity of Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, Nargis Fakhri still has ways to go in the acting department.
But SI has strong confidence that this white desi American babe will do us proud in her next movie. No, Nargis hasn’t promised to go down on us although if she asked we’d ……. 😉
By the way, we found the supporting cast of Kumud Mishra, Piyush Mishra and Shernaz Patel impressive, very impressive. Stellar.
Overall, SearchIndia.com recommends Rockstar to all ye chutiyas since there’s nothing else to do this weekend.
In any case with the new Hollwood movies, Immortals, Jack and Jill and J.Edgar getting shafted by the critics, all ye NRI chutiyas have little choice.
Go watch Ranbir in Rockstar. The movie is playing in several theaters across America (including at some Regal and AMC halls in the NJ/NY area).