Rockstar (2011)

In Rockstar, watch the story of a guy in his journey of becoming a famous rock star and his struggle with life and love. 

Jordan is a young university student who likes to be a rock singer. He realises that something is missing in his songs; to touch the audience’s soul, he needs to have more experience in life and love and also go through some pain. He needs to mature emotionally to have more meaning in his songs. That’s why he goes after a love which will make him suffer and give him the pain he needs.

At that moment, he sees a girl in the university during a dance show, Heer (Nargis Fakhri) and he seems to like her at first sight. But when I was watching the movie, I wasn’t sure for a quite long time why Jordan was after her; just to experience the love and pain he needs or because he really likes her.

But then it becomes quite clear that Jordan and Heer shares a love which let them express themselves freely and be their best self. But unfortunately Heer is engaged and after her soul-searching, she can not leave her fiance so she puts some much effort to keep the relationship at friendship stage with Jordan.

Rockstar was nominated for many awards and won some of them: Ranbir Kapoor as best actor and A.R. Rahman won the award for the soundtrack.

I watched most of Ranbir Kapoor’s movies and I think he has a different style comparing other actors in Bollywood. In my opinion, he doesn’t fit in typical romantic comedies or usual dramas that well, but shines like a diamond in unusual, eccentric roles like Prem in “ Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani” or Jordan in “Rockstar”. Ranbir Kapoor seems to give Jordan a deep and complex character, even though you can’t understand him much or think he is right, you can’t really hate him.

The soundtrack is quite good (Well it won an award, didn’t it? :o) My favourite song is Hawaa Hawaa beside Tango for Taj and Tum Ko. It is directed by Imtiaz Ali, I really like his style.

When it finishes, the movie leaves you in a depressive, bitter mode. The last song, Tum Ho Paas Mere stabs your heart while the last couple of minutes summarize what happened between Heer and Jordan since they met until they part.

It’s a sad but a good movie, so highly recommended! :o)

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Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)

Guys, maybe it is not love you all need… Maybe you are better on your own, having fun with your friends, having a simple but a peaceful life. You should think twice when you consider dating a girl again… :)

I know that girls really have a potential of being evil sometimes and every now and then we hear a story of a poor guy being torn by a girl. If you want to see all the details how that can be done, this is the movie you should watch.

Pyaar ka Punchnama starts in a way which makes us believe that men are the absolute rulers of their kingdom. The heroes of the movie, Rajat (Kartik Tiwari), Nishant a.k.a Liquid (Divyendu Sharma) and Vikrant (Rayo Bakhirta) have a quite pleasant life in the same house even though their characters are completely different from each other. These 3 meet their girlfriends around the same time and that’s when the mayhem starts.

The three girls are also quite different from each other but each of their poison matches very well with guys’ weaknesses. It is quite interesting to see how girls play their games on boys and how things get devastated throughout the movie.

Towards the end, I found myself feeling pity for and saying “Leave her, just leave her!” to each and every of the boys. It’s a light, relationship movie mixed with good amount of comedy. You can definitely choose it for its entertaining features but I suggest you don’t watch it with your special one just to prevent any heated conversation about relationship :) Enjoy!

The Dirty Picture (2011)

The Dirty Picture is a not the usual Bollywood that I know. When I started watching it, it managed to shock me in the first 10 minutes.

It is mainly inspired by  Silk Smitha‘s life story, a South Indian actress who is known by her erotic roles in 1980s.

The movie starts in late 1970s, telling us the story of a girl who ran away from her village to Chennai and tries get roles in movies. But she can’t get much attention until she gets a chance to display her sensual dance on the set of a movie.

After that we watch her breakout in the entertainment business and become a well-known face in India. She gets so much attention and she enjoys it without questioning the content of it. I should admit that I found the first part of the movie very bold, very courageous. Comparing it to the other Bollywood movies I watched, I believe this was a very bold move in Vidya Balan‘s career as well.

When I was watching the movie, I realized one of the reasons why I like Bollywood movies. They are usually softer in nature, milder in the sense of communicating their messages. But Dirty Picture was definitely out of this category, because the message is definitely in your face. Especially, the part just before intermission where Silk gives a speech after she receives her award, sums up the main message in the movie.

In the second part of the movie, it tells the descent period, that’s why it is more serious and depressing. Everything goes upside down when Silk starts to think about her life and sees her success and the attention she gets under a different light.

This is a classic story, we all guess the ending more or less. I think it doesn’t have any difficulties to keep the attention of the audience. But I have mixed feelings about this movie. It’s a very dramatic one; the story is told in an impressive manner and Vidya Balan‘s acting deserves the awards she got. Maybe this should be the style to get the audience into Silk’s life; but still, I can’t get rid of that harsh feeling as if I just had a slap on my face…

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) 2011

When you watch Dhobi Ghat, you can’t just finish watching it, turn off your TV and say “Well, this was a good movie; now I better start ironing or I won’t have a proper shirt to wear tomorrow.” Instead, you continue to sit down for another 10 minutes with an absent look on your face…

Dhobi Ghat is definitely a left-fielder. It tells a story of 4 people who live in Mumbai. These people all come from different socio-economical classes and different backgrounds; however their impossible loves tie them up together somehow. They all go through similar phases and they all reach to quite similar ending which makes you feel simply sad.

In the movie, we first meet Yasmin and we immediately like her. Her true interest in Mumbai, her sincerity and genuine love of life make her our friend. We always see her through a video camera record and Mumbai through her eyes. She makes a very enthusiastic start but we can see her wither away throughout the movie which made me feel really sorry.

Arun is a pretty strong character; anti-social, distant, sort of odd… I don’t know how to explain his character; he is one of those guys you immediately feel inside that you should leave alone. Not because he is a bad guy or something but you feel that your closeness won’t be appreciated. He clearly makes it obvious that he doesn’t care what other thinks. However he is still popular among ladies; so quite a typical artist… Arun is played by Aamir Khan, who is actually the only well-known actor in this movie. But luckily, he didn’t dominate the movie with his name; he manages to be just one of the 4 characters which gained my respect.

Munna is the 3rd character, smart guy from the slums of Mumbai. He doesn’t give away much about his thoughts but we understand that he has dreams and hopes about future. He reminds me Jamal Malik from Slumdog Millionaire; in whatever circumstances he is, he never gives up and does whatever he needs to do including filthy jobs to hang in there. His naïve interest in Shai is plainly heartbreaking because he is not stupid to believe that something might happen in the future; however we all (Munna, audience and maybe even Shai) think for a moment that there is possibility for everything in life.

Shai is quite annoying with her American-like attitude at first and I think that is the attitude which starts the misunderstanding between Munna and her. She is indecisive about her identity so her behaviours reflect this. Her character gives us an opportunity to peek into world of very wealthy, well-educated new generation Indians who have connections with the U.K. or the U.S.

I usually don’t like these kinds of movies; the movies which don’t start or end properly; the ones which only gives you a part of lives that you end up feeling cheated… But when I watched Dhobi Ghat, I wanted to write to Kiran Rao (writer and director) and tell her how great movie she made. It touches you because it is simple, direct and sincere. Even if you don’t like Bollywood or Indian movies in general, this still remains as a movie you should give a chance.