The idea in the beginning seemed like an outspoken presentation of the freedom youth are looking forward to see in these days. But unfortunately because of overall mediocrity, Rockstar from director V K Prakash is pretty shallow and borrows too much from the urban rom coms that we see in Bollywood these days. With a charmless lead pair failing to create an impact, Rockstar has only a few moments of laughter and a whole lot of unbaked scenes.
It’s a story about the relationship between a popular singer Anand and a Bangalore based Malayali girl Athira. Anand is not in a position to have any commitments and Athira is pretty much against the institution of marriage. Both of them get intimate in the first meeting itself and the movie basically shows us the problems they had to go through because of that one night.
Freedom of having casual sex, self made women etc are some of the progressive agendas that happens in the backdrop of this movie. But the sad thing is that it was just there in the beginning of the film and later on it becomes too melodramatic. Predictability is damn too high and the making looks too crude with fast cuts, congested frames and easily understandable characters. The title of the movie being Rockstar has nothing to do with the film as the focus wasn’t there much on the “Rockstar” side of the character.
The film honestly doesn’t require Siddharth Menon to do this role. Because there is very less musical elements in this film that demanded an actual good looking singer. His character is given this vaguely orthodox, womanizer outlook and Anand is from a Christian family based in Kottayam. There is an amount of charm and persona you expect for such a character and it was not there in Siddharth’s performance. In those second half scenes where he had to over react, the expressions weren’t that great and the awkward pronunciation of Malayalam spoils it even more. Eva Pavithran kind of suits the character description as the story moves forward. Mallika Sukumaran sort of overcomes the poor writing with her performance. Rest of the cast comprising of Poornima, Prakash Bare, Mukundan, Mridul Nair, Sona Nair, Praseetha and Anu Mol doesn’t have much to do in their characters. God knows what M Jayachandran was doing as the Guru.
V K Prakash disappoints with his making as we could sense a sort of urgency in the narrating style. Most times in the first half, the movie is gushing so fast that even if you are that progressive mind, you might say “slow down bro!”. Such a quick edit pattern takes away the depth from the situation. The feministic view of the writer becomes very lame as the movie moves forward to those cliché urban rom com zones where you will know the hero is surely coming back for the heroine. The boldness to take that “pregnancy” theme would have got a better appreciation if the amount of typical stuff surrounding the story was less. Dialogues aren’t that great and the cinematography was also quite disappointing. I might end up liking certain excerpts of Prashant Pillai’s music, but while viewing the cinema it wasn’t at all working.
On the whole, Rockstar couldn’t impress me with its content and fails completely in the performance side. If you are a total alien to movies like “Ek Mein aur Ek Tu”, “Katti Batti” etc. you might find this one passable. It is very much a beta version.
Rockstar couldn’t impress me with its content and fails completely in the performance side. If you are a total alien to movies like “Ek Mein aur Ek Tu”, “Katti Batti” etc. you might find this one passable.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended