I am writing this piece from Pune. My friend Reena and I went to watch the film Rockstar this evening. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that a large part of the film was shot in New Delhi, my city. Delhi is so beautiful in the winter with all its ruins and dargas and the story of Sufi saints and lovers.

Which better city to choose than Delhi to depict Rumi and his greatest love verse…”beyond right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a place, I will meet you there.”

I often find films that I watch on a particular day (and I watch films rarely these days) has a particular message for me for that moment in my life. I am in awe of  Imitiaz Ali for writing and making another brilliant love story. I can never get over Jab We Met.

The metaphor of human love used in the story to depict the yearning of every being to unite with the Beloved (God) is superb. The story of Laila Majnu, Heer Ranjha, Sohni Mahiwal, set to the tune of Sufi rock, is intelligent. The use of Delhi as a backdrop in place of the hard ruggedness of central Asia is a subtle touch. The crossing of continent to unite with the beloved is similar to crossing deserts, rivers or making a pathway through rocky mountains.

The angst and pain of separation from Oneness woven into the story in the protagonists madness is what the Sufis called Deewanapan and the Rockstar’s meandering in the alleys left behind as Awaarapan. From playfulness to obsession to separation to union and then final merging through death…was lyrically presented by Imitiaz Ali.

The music, the visuals, the beauty of the Himalayas captured so vividly and rightly. From the alleys of forbidden quarters, to the beauty and glory of mountains and meadows, to the streets full of maddening noise and crowd of the society and its conditioning, to the love bed, to death bed and finally the stage set up for Nirvana and ultimate peace.

‘Jo bhi Main” the Universal truth of One being. The middle finger with “Sadda Haq”..rebellion and the cry of freedom and to the anxiety of the journey with ‘Nadaan Parinde’ and finally the ‘Tum Ko’ …in death shall we all be One with THAT. The Union of the feminine and masculine principle for ultimate ecstasy and release.

The story is gripping. The editing is crisp and in right amounts. The narrative is high on LSD, the cinematography reminds me of Pink Floyd concerts, the love making scenes are most sensual and sexy and  I am yet to see any thing like that in any Hindi film till now. The exploration of sexuality by both the main characters is childlike and down and out vulgarly pure.

Background scores are mind boggling. Ranbir Kapoor is reborn as the new face of Sufi lover. He is brilliant in the way he transforms himself in each frame of the film. The playful boy next door, to the buddy in accomplice, to the vulgar movements, to the obsessed lover and angry seeker, he moves through each one of the phases like a river through rapids. The newcomer Nargis Fakhri, is beautiful but needs to go learn how to act. She needs to know that only a pout and fair skin cannot take her anywhere.

This is a movie which has four stars Imtiaz Ali, A. R. Rahman, Mohit Chauhan and Ranbir Kapoor.

This film is an ode to the iconic Sufi poet Maulavi Jallauddin Rumi.

Go see it all…

Dola

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