Then the next 159 minutes were possibly the best Imitiaz has portrayed so far in his career. 'Rockstar' is not so much the rock as it is about an individual. It's about a man's journey through a span of 8-10 years where his personal & professional life goes through so much. Yet the beauty is Ranbir who plays the central character Jordan has not even blinked (literally too) once from start to finish. Thus delivering probably his one of the best acts which will be remembered with his name forever. The movie's biggest strength apart from Ranbir is some unforgettable music my the maestro A.R. Rahman. He has created 13 tracks for the movie out of which 3 instrumentals also found place in the movie. And Imtiaz has given space to almost 9 and a half songs in his narrative. (Mohit has 'shines' in being Jordan's voice). And, he never termed and treated this is as a musical. Equally dramatic are the visuals. Not just the gorgeousness of Prague or the motorbike jaunts through the snow-capped hills, but each time Jordan went on stage.
Just like Rahman's lasting music, the movie stays with you long after you leave the theater. (Let me also add a note about some meaningful lyrics by Irshad Kamil who penned down words from Gulzar-school-of-thoughts, you may not able to recollect the lyrics easily, but they never sound just-everyday-affair). And Imtiaz does this trick unlike most of the formula-driven cliched movies. No melodrama yet no over the top coming-the-age narrative. The movie has a non-linear screenplay suiting to its narrative which is quite coherent. Editing has become quite crisp as compared to the last movie (Love Aaj Kal) by the director. The supporting cast has been the weak link apart from a couple of characters. So Ranbir is the army, general & the king of Imtiaz's project. He plays a guy who is naive, often clueless, hardly ever has the answers for situations happening with and around him. He is guys who never found words to express himself, who never found opportunities, who never understood stardom, never realized that life's just temporary. And oh boy, the way he carried himself and played his character, SPEECHLESS. He pulled off the entire act with his sheer acting prowess. He now surely justifies the tag which is being attached next to his name for quite some time... 'the next big thing'.
No cacophony of sounds, no unnecessary background score to propel the screenplay forward, no add-on subplots for an easy route to the end. This is how a love story needs to be told. Soul stirring. No fake narrative. It has not become a clap-trap or a crowd-pleaser. Such a heartfelt attempt. The two real winners of this movie are Imtiaz and Ranbir. This would remain as one of the most important movies in their careers and would certainly take them to the next level.
So if you ask me, how many stars this movie should be getting.... I would say you gotta watch it atleast 3 times and decide for yourself. You won't repent.