On the sixth anniversary of Imtiaz Ali’s critically acclaimed Rockstar, the director today looks back at the romantic drama as having parts which hit you emotionally but is also quite “illogical” at times.
Released after Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal which were mostly light hearted romantic-comedy films Rockstar was in the space of an intense dark love story.
Upon it’s release in 2011, the film, featuring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri, met with divided reactions. Ranbir Kapoor’s acting as a troubled rockstar was appreciated and so was AR Rahman’s music.
Imtiaz answers six questions about the journey of Rockstar which he has not seen in a “long time” from how it landed to Ranbir from John Abraham, a 40-minute song which Rahman composed and what ‘Jordan’ might be doing today after the death of his lover, ‘Heer’.
Excerpts from an interview:
Q) It has been six years since the movie released. What does the film speak to you today?
A) It’s a film, I was most emotionally involved with while in the making. I feel there were certain parts of it which were very clean, very pure. It (the film) has become restless which was not my intention. I also feel there are certain parts of the film that just hit you in the chest.
What I can see very clearly now is that whatever merit might be there in ‘Rockstar’ or whatever you might associate with’Jordan’ doing and getting affected by it none of it seems logical. What I see in the film now, is that there is an absence of logic even in the way the screenplay is written, that is coming from the way ‘Jordan’ is. He is such an illogical person, nothing is cerebral.