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Rockstar – Some points I had pondered over

The very first day when I saw the promo of Rockstar, the song Sadda Haq, I knew that this movie I got to watch in the hall! After month long wait, advance booking of tickets, I finally saw the movie. But sadly, instead of the sizzle, I experienced fizzle. (As described by DNA review).

I’m not a movie critic, neither shall I delve deeper into movie making techniques that too by the celebrated director Imtiaz Ali, I would just mention what I liked in the movie and what I didn’t and whatย  could have been to make the movie long in my mind. I’m an optimist, hence I shall start with things that I liked:

1. Ranbir Kapoor!It is completely his movie. He has outdone himself and couldn’t have been better. From the lovable Hindu College lad singing under the V tree or disusing criteria to be a Rock star in the canteen, to getting disappointed on knowing the fact that he hasn’t faced anything that will devastate him, to the lover boy and finally the angry rockstar Jordan! He rocked it all! Personally I would vote for Janardan Jakhar & not Jordan.

P.S: I’m not an RK fan.

2. The music. A R Rehman is God. Period. I must say that the Rockstar music is ahead of its time and it takes time to grow on you. But when it does, you can’t get rid of it!

3. The first half. The first half was a true blue Imtiaz Ali movie. The crisp dialogues, the fun element, the innocence of the characters increased the interest level every moment making the audience yearn for more.

4. Cinematography. The cinematography was no doubt awesome! Be it Saddi Delhi or Parag (Prague) or the concerts. The cinematographer made a beautiful movie to look at.

5. The looks & costumes of the lady. Nargis Fakhri, the 32 year old Pakistani Czech e is the new pretty thing in Bollywood. A sight f her will make you feel, “Agar dharti pe kahi jannat hai, to yehi hai, yehi hai!”. Playing the role of a Kashmiri beauty and clad in Pashminas, Firhans in the first half and her chic costumes in the second half, the outfits really did justice to Heer Kaul, the high society Kashmiri based in Delhi, St. Stephens student & later the NRI homemaker. She was really amazing to look at! Like they describe princesses to be. Somehow, there was a creepy similarity between her & Katrina Kaif! Ignore this part if you don’t feel so!

Now the things I didn’t like or what I had expected.

1. The ambiguous second half. The second half turned out to be too random. Couldn’t quite get the clue what, why & how things were happening. How did he become a proper Rockstar? When did he actually fall in love with Heer? Or was it plain & simple ? What was the cause of his anger? Which ‘haq’ did he want? What about his family? So many unanswered questions…

2. Nargis Fakhri’s acting skills. It was really sad to see the leading lady in Imtiaz Ali’s movie’s lack in acting penchant. Even the simplest of lines were told with so much stress that I felt even the next door, or I could’ve acted better! (Yes yes, the drama queen that I am, at least in the first half I could’ve done a better job!)

3. Editing. I have serious doubts that the Editor has chucked out the scenes that were supposed to stay and kept the ones which were actually supposed to be chucked out! The last part seemed to be too long and tad repetitive.

4. The media bashing. There was too much of media bashing. Being in the media and a passout of one of the top media schools in the country, it actually hurt me to see Jordan abusing or beating up the members of the media. It is a generic view that Media creates all the hype. Let me tell you, the reporters don’t wait in front of politicians’/stars’ houses/office to have fun. It is their daily job, like you sit on your desk, work in the computer & files! The channels don’t break news after news for it’s something amusing, it is their job to keep the TRP high. After all, same news would be run in all the channels, news channels are not entertainment channels which can show different shows. I think this part deserves a separate post.

5. The too much of an open end. The end of the movie was too sudden and drastic. If it had to be a tragedy, there could have been a better way to project it. What are we supposed to gather from it? Rather, from the movie? It was more of a Devdas than a Rockstar. Falling, rising & dying in love!

What I had expected:

My father had gathered from some unknown source that the movie is a tribute to Kurt Cobain. I heard that it’s a tribute to Jim Morrison, which was partly visible in the first half. But sadly, I didn’t see either. I had expected to see the complete transformation of a naive lad to a true blue rock star, his pain, his joys, the moments of solace he had with his music, how each song came up/the emotions behind the songs which had such soulful lyrics and music, his jamming sessions, his poison! I wanted to watch a Rockstar, not a lover coz every other movie is a love story, but every love story is not about a rock star. To my mind, Imtiaz Ali couldn’t fulfill this expectation of his music lover audience. But still, I wouldn’t regret watching it and might watch it again for the things I liked.

There was something very common which was emphasized again. Behind every art or a succesful artist, there’s pain. Unless you burn yourself in the fire of pathos, you can’t produce something to be cherished by others.As Percy Byshe Shelly had said, “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts.”

 

 

 

 

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One of the amazing weekends!

This weekend has been an amazing one! Seldom does such a weekend come, especially in my life! Saturday, which is supposed to be a half day in my office hardly sticks to its time. In stead of 2 pm, my Saturdays end an hour or two later.ย  But this Saturday the plan was in place & I followed it to the core and voila! I was done by 2 pm!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I didn’t get lunch as I was feeling too lazy in the morning & thought that I’ll give 100% effort to come back home early and have lunch. In office, the guys were in festive mood and decided to have a Pizza party. We contributed 50 bucks each & had pizza! The men of the office also planned for a cricket match! I was asked to be the Umpire! When I said that my knowledge in cricket is limited, my colleague said, “Arrey bas do chizo pe dhyan dena, wicket girna aur catch lena. Baki sab to chalta hai!”ย  But finally I didn’t as I said that I need to go home!

The moment of the day was when boss announced that he’ll be out of station for near about 2 weeks! Ahahaha!!! That was literally music to our ears!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ And just when he was about to leave, the Pizza delivery boy reached. Boss was like, “You guys were waiting for me to leave and celebrating my absence, isn’t it?!” It was another embarrassing moment but we managed by offering him pizza. He just had a bite and left! Whew!!!

After coming back home, I had a nap of about 2 hours! In the evening, when my roommate came, she quickly cooked dinner. The reason being, the TV premier of Bodyguard! After getting out heart broken last time, (we went for the movie & three constructive shows were housefull) this time we didn’t want to miss it at all! we had roti & alu bhujiya and some left over chilly chicken for dinner along with the Sallu flick! Neither of us are his fan, just wanted to have some cheap thrill! It’s a fultoo entertainer! Don’t go by the storyline or anything! ๐Ÿ˜› Once in a bluemoon we do watch some films to de-stress!

Sunday morning happened at 11 am. Had tea, bread & namkeen for breakfast. Took bath and had noodles for lunch. We realized that gas is over so we were kind of happy sad! Happy coz no tension of cooking & having food from outside. Sad coz we won’t be able to have tea! Anyway, taking lessons from last time, we had already booked tickets for Rockstar. Went for it in the afternoon.

It was a nice watch, even nicer to hear. But the movie had a lot of loopholes which was not expected from Imtiaz Ali! Any way, am glad I watched it & didn’t skip it on the basis of not so good reviews! Had gol gappa & came back home. Watched TV, read ans waited for dinner to be delivered for ages!After eating went to bed immediately & realized I was quite tired.

My phone is acting weird. The alarm is not ringing when it is supposed to but hours later! ๐Ÿ˜ก Depending on my dad to wake me up now! Hope we have a great week ahead!

Happy Children’s Day everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A new start

11. 11. 2011! Indeed it’s a special day for me! It had been a long time plan to restart blogging but the plan was stuck in the cobwebs of procrastination. I had started blogging during my college days but post Delhi it became difficult to continue. But with the inspiration ofย  my blogger friends and the plethora of topics they write about has really steered me to start writing again! I hope to be more regular & reflect my thoughts from time to time. More to come later! Right now am just too happy to start the blog! Thank you all for the inspiration! Hope my ink never dries…

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