Despite the swooning romantics and the sudden enlightenment of Jim Morrison among some, Rockstar failed to strike the chord among any particular section of movie goers.
Overlooking the rigorous head banging and blunt chords, it was hard to determine the genre of this highly publicized flick. The age old Indian phenomenon of love conquering all worldly deeds has dominated the story line.
Initiating in the lively backdrop of Delhi University North Campus, the movie set out to an appreciable start, if overlooking the vague mad rush to the concert. The movie revolves around Janardan, a young energetic starry eyed youth who is awed by the glamor and glitz in the life of a rock musician.
While struggling for recognition and to establish himself as a musician cum singer, Janardan is instilled with the idea that creative excellence can only be achieved in times of irrepressible remorse.
Equipped with a new outlook to life, Janardan sets out to experience heartbreak. He and a majority of the audience experience heartbreak in the form of Heer Kaul played by Nargis Fakri. The rich soon to be married girl weaves the age old gimmick of a multifaceted human being who besides being a snobbish uptown brood is also a B-grade movie loving, country made liquor consuming free style junkie.
Our protagonist Janardan is introduced as Jordan to her colleagues and hence the nomenclature that will be adhered to hence forth. The girl after frolicking across the night life of Delhi and the valleys of Kashmir is married and flown to Prague.
Janardan, now Jordan is left confused, partially heartbroken and rendered homeless due to a tussle with his brothers over family business, future prospects and his unaccounted trip to Kashmir further questioning his relationship with Heer.
Jordan after some desi rigorous life spent at eating off Nizamuddin Dargah absorbs sufi music, is given shelter by his think tank and ideating canteen caretaker. After some patronage from Ustad Jameel Khan, a renowned flutist, Jordan’s music hits the charts and his popularity strikes unprecedented heights.
The flaws of the movie yet were the incorrigible expressionless acting by Nargis Fakri and further the abstract yet predictable nature of her character. Sadly as the movie proceeds, these discrepancies multiply to the extent of over shadowing the storyline of a rising rock star.
Jordan’s music agency surprisingly has a contract with the Czech government to perform at Prague. Our fame blazed lead rushes to Prague to reclaim the ‘Love of his life’, who as expected his been reduced to psychiatrically ill rubble surrounded by equally expressionless colleagues.
Jordan meets his loved one in a jiffy, surprisingly at the most appropriate moment with a two wheeler and miraculously cures our maiden in distress from her psychological ailments. If you are revaluating your decision to go for the movie already then hold your horses ladies and gentlemen, the worse is yet to come.
Our unofficial love birds visit the outskirts of Prague and the shoddiest of bars reviving happiness in the lady’s life. Jordan makes a move on the married woman; she responds then retaliates, further complicating the storyline for the viewers, let alone for our Pitampura boy Janardan.
The movie now escalates into a love story between a cheating wife who does not specify her stance and an overly confused ‘rockstar’ who keeps overlooking appointments and cancelling rock concerts. After fornication, Heer makes her memorable run of shame across Prague from her lovers’ apartment to her husband’s mansion.
On the eve of his departure to India, Jordan breaks into his lover’s mansion, the intense scene portrayed in the trailers is established. Jordan aka the brash house breaking snobbish musician is lambasted by the media for his insane activities.
Once Jordan is departed to India, Heer is abruptly diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, and now the story gets weirder. The cheater wife confesses all her misdeeds to her husband, he deports her back to New Delhi where Jordan is ruling the streets after spending some time in police custody.
And now medical science will be discarded, a near to death Heer is suddenly brought back to life with the platelet count multiplying as Jordan returned in the lady’s life.
A movie poised to be portraying the struggle of a middle class lad to the heights of fame transmuted into a deplorable potpourri of flayed storyline and stony expressions. The high point of the movie is the pregnancy of Heer who by the hopes of those rationally watching the movie eventually died.
Rockstar is a commendable attempt to depict the life and turmoil experienced by a musician but lost its’ path when attempted to involve the third wheel love in a potentially remarkable script.