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Rookie’s Review: You will either Love Rockstar or hate it!

Imtiaz Ali has always fascinated me as a Director and a Story-teller. With so many things happening during the three hours, he actually makes sure, you don’t rest even for a moment as an audience. He forces you to be participative! Now this, can be a dicey proposition considering, you could easily disengage thinking its too much for one to handle.
I shall now stop beating around the bush, and tell you what I liked the most about Rockstar. Firstly the way the story was told in itself was fascinating. Like in the case of Love Aaj Kal as well the story narrative kept going back and forth. Once you are a tuned with the idea that you will have to be alert, since the tale may move into flashback mode any moment, you start to totally enjoy the story. Don’t worry, I promise it doesn’t end up disorienting you! You are trained to adapt to the same right from scene one.
Well, the story like all his other works, has the boy and the girl being insanely in love with one another, but not wanting to give their relationship its deserved due! This time around, Imtiaz picks on something, we all just talked about this week on Rangmunch; Pain! I for one was thrilled, since we had just talked about how most love stories thrive on Pain! 
Janardhan Jhakar aka JJ, who goes onto the become Jordan is told, the only reason why he hasn’t tasted success yet is because there is no pain in his life. His friend lets him know, pain is the most essential pre-requisite in every creative man’s life. Hence the first half of the movie is all about how he goes looking for pain, while the second of the movie is more an expected, cliche “how life gives you exactly not what you want, when you want it the most story”…..
Very simple instances of day to day life are picked up and presented so smoothly, you pause at times and exclaim, excuse me? But then you instantly smile as well, since you enjoy what you are watching. Like for instance, when Jordan picks to go to Prague only because the love of his life Heer now resides there happily married, the regular movie buff in you presumes, she may not be married actually. But, they meet, have an itsy-bitsy affair, after which, he realizes he cannot do without her while she shuns him away! You start to see the beginning of pain. But that’s just the start. You then come to know Heer has an incurable ailment which is fatal, and she hence conveniently ends her marriage after apologizing to her husband about cheating on him, comes back to India to her parents, romances the Rockstar turned Bad Boy Jordan only because they have always been in the moment people. Heer and Jordan just live for the day, love for the day! It gives you doses of urges, impulses, instincts as well as strong emotions!
The story has many lessons to teach! It shows you how in the path to success, you do end up losing many things, many relationships, but once you get there, what you leave behind is what you want the most! Jordan is never right in the eyes of the world, he is the rule breaking bad boy, but that’s what makes him popular! People love him, people around him even cash in on the same but he doesn’t care about it either! He simply follows his heart and is happy! Even when he is unhappy, it is only for him to know and feel!
There are a series of emotions you go through while you watch this flick, since you dread the worst on one hand, but are also taught during its course, that there is no use fretting over an eventuality! Live in the Moment! Live in the Moment! You do just that, until the very last minute!
I would surely recommend this movie to all my friends out here only and only because, this is one such flick that shows life as it is. Pick up the messages where they have been delivered, watch the smooth sailing  moments one after another and yes of course, since the movie is called Rockstar the music doesn’t for sure disappoint!
I refuse to give away the entire plot or its instances, since I am sure you may go onto love something totally opposite of what I did! Every bit of this movie is worth a watch!
Niharika Vidya Sagar

A Rookie’s Review: Mausam

Considering there was Shahid Kapoor and Sonam together as a lead couple, and the promos aired were more than alluring it was but obvious that we would definitely catch up with Mausam as soon as it hit the theaters. While I watched the movie, for more than half the time, I was wondering if I liked it or I didn’t, and that’s what confused me the most.

So, when I saw Shahid racing with the train, I knew this had something to do with him being an Air Force pilot later in the movie where he would save his country. He didn’t. When he saw Sonam and fell in love with her at first sight, I thought they would have some sweet moments together that would establish their love, but alas! they didn’t! Only a song Rabba Main Toh happened, I had already watched and heard it so many times on youtube that the only incentive I had on hand was the big screen experience. It was not too tempting. There was this bit where both of them start to express their attraction for one another exchanging notes, diluting the chits in a glass of water, I was just about beginning to sit up and notice anticipating symbolism when I realized the moment took to unwanted comedy. Result: Disappointment. Blame the TV buff in me, but I wanted to see a little more sensitivity. Especially since they had chosen such a deep title; Mausam

May be the idea was to show the love story between two seasons, and ranged over a period of ten years, but I didn’t quite get the logic why they had to incorporate so much communal riots. Perhaps to bring a sense of peaceful communal co-existence. The whole we are all equal, cut us some slack, issue has been dealt with time and again. New York, Kurbaan just to name two in the recent past. But Mausam seemed more like a love story. I come back to my earlier point, why did this couple have to see through Babri, Kargil, 9/11 as well as Godhra? By the time Godhra happened I was almost convinced that the movie had run long enough for them to perhaps meet in Taj on 26/11 and atleast then the movie would end. Thank God for small mercies, they ended it at Godhra!

The little tribute they paid to Nicholas Sparks where they picked up a short instance from The Notebook, gave me a sense of identification, as I thought they would now go about it with a little more sensitivity. But I think the story totally lacked soul and depth. The idea was to create an A class movie with loads of emotions that ranged from one era to another. But sadly it ended up becoming a documentary with one riot to start with and another one to end. 

Shahid and Sonam looked fabulous on screen, but their love story was somewhere lost in the midst of all that the story was trying to convey. The problem was, they were trying to do too much in too little time. Audience today are happier with a two and a half hour quick story telling. With a three hour long- when will they meet, will they meet at all happening, at one point I just wanted to get up and walk out of the theater as I got too tired of the ordeal. I did too, since I had to attend a call. But when I returned, I realized I hadn’t missed anything. Again I take pride in myself for being a hard core TV buff, since presumption and precision in the same are my forte!

I was disappointed with Pankaj Kapoor, not that my saying it will change anything for him or matter to him. But yes, I definitely felt, there was so much more they could have done with this movie. I am not going to run through the Music, the Screenplay, the Direction bits since I have already mentioned this is a rookie’s review! and I am in no authority to comment on the same! The big names can walk away with that credit!

When I started I told you, I didn’t know if I liked their love story or not. I am still wondering. I did shed a few tears for the leads at places, but I don’t know if this was because I am generally sensitive or they evoked those emotions in me. The point is, if you love something so much, do you really have to think this much?

Niharika Vidya Sagar

Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Rookie's Review