ROCKSTAR Movie Review: Ranbir Kapoor excels, Nargis Fakhri is promising

ROCKSTAR Movie Review: Ranbir Kapoor excels, Nargis Fakhri is promising

Director Imtiaz Ali won half the battle when he got AR Rahman to compose the music for his film. Ranbir Kapoor helps him conquer the other half

So you’ve seen the promos and think you know what the film’s about? Actually, there’s a lot more to it. Rockstar is not just a journey of an aspiring musician. It also charts the main lead’s spiritual path and highlights that just making it big in life doesn’t lead to inner happiness. Inspired by the writings of Sufi poet Rumi, the film is layered and delivers the goods without getting boring.

The film begins with a slightly weathered Janardhan Jakhar aka JJ aka Jordan being chased by local cops in Prague, but who somehow makes it to his concert. Jordan is a rockstar who has a huge fan following and has attained cult status, but looks unhappy. The reason is revealed in a flashback: Years ago, Jordan is a bumbling idiot seeking tragedy in his life so that his music gets more depth. His search for pain ends when he meets Heer Kaul (Nargis Fakhri) who is rumoured to be a heartbreak specialist. Heer is about to get married to a rich guy settled in Prague. Before she ties the knot, she wants to do some blasphemous things like watching a B-grade sleazy film and getting drunk on country liquor.

The problem starts when the two unintentionally fall in love with each other. Heer leaves for Prague and Janardhan becomes the spiritually awakened Jordan. As luck would have it, Ustad Jameel Khan (Shammi Kapoor), a shehnai player, spots his talent. From there on, Rockstar is about his transformation as a musician and a hopeless romantic. His journey is being documented by Sheena (Aditi Rao Hydari), a journalist. The film is partly from her perspective and partly Jordan’s.

The most magical moment of Rockstar is a conversation between Jordan and Khan. Another one is where an irked Jordan has a face off with the music company honcho, Dhingra (Piyush Mishra). That apart, the chemistry between Heer and Jordan is heartwarming. Aditi plays her part as a journo-turned-close-friend of Jordan well and so do the others. All said, the film totally belongs to two people – AR Rahman, whose music is avant garde and Ranbir Kapoor – he plays the title role with such confidence and conviction that it becomes easy to forget that he is an actor and not a real-life rockstar. Watching Rockstar is also the next best thing to watching the Mozart of Madras live in concert. Now you decide!


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  • Demonoid

    faltu movie…only music is good

    • kelapark

      fully faltu, only for music lovers

      • movie lover

        NO.1, faltu movie.
        Keyrun Rao got paid to write .. I am sure.

  • Himanshu

    Best movie of the year after Singham.. Ranbir is really a brilliant actor.!!

  • Ashu Bhai MAPRM Wale

    Awesome Review. The movie has the got the magikal “Imtiaz Ali’ touch of turning a regular romance-drama into an epic love story. The chemistry he had created between the lead pair is above his last films (Shahid-Kareena, Saif-Deepika). The ARR and Irshad Kamil musical combo can drift you to another world.

    Reading your post after a long time…was as refreshing as the movie.

    Ashu Bhai MAPRM Wale.

  • Basant

    i am imran hashmi fan imran is no.1 actor in bollybod & hollybod

  • Basant

    RA-ONE is very flop movei

  • jalim singh

    rockstar is a best movie of the year.

  • prerna

    music is nice …. 1st half is gudd,the odr one nt so …bt ohk.. one tym watch :)

  • krimal Patel

    Rockstar (Ranbir Kapoo) Best movie of the year 2011. & music is nice ….

  • devanshu sharma

    best movie ever made

  • mark

    I want rockstar 2

  • anu

    rockstar is a rockstar movie
    emotions all all over is mixed .
    accually ranbir kapoor is best actor and acting super not a acting i was felling realty.i love this movie
    i wish ur always success.

    • irfan 4u

      i agry with u annu …..!

  • vipin choubey

    movie is not good but ranbeer acting & music awesome……

  • K S Nair

    Rock star sans pure rock music. Can anybody imagine a rock music programme being conducted as a one man show with one performer and a sole guitar? Live rock music programme is one which rocks the stage. And that can be accomplished not with a single singer and a guitar alone. I presume that more than 70% of rock effect is the contribution of percussion instruments and an array of guitars. But Rockstar rocks the theater thanks to the sound system only.
    The song saada haq is termed by certain quarters as youth anthem. How is that? After taking away the four words, Saada haq aithe rakh, can anybody remember the rest of the song even for a day? I realise that if you ‘hum Saada haq aithe rakh’ continuously these rhyme well with ‘inquilab zindabad’.
    Coming to kun faaya kun, I feel that the song is a misfit in the movie. I suspect that this song has been included at the behest of Rahman who considers sufi music is the ultimate of all music.
    The film has also not brought out clearly how Janardhan has become a rockstar.Do the sufi music and rock music have the same wave length? By visiting a darga and listening to sufi music whether an aspiring musician can become a rockstar?
    By making the statement that India does not have a pure rockstar, Rahman is admitting his own failure to provide pure rock music in Rockstar, as only pure rock music makes a pure rockstar, nothing else. By presentation wise, picturisation wise and music wise, Rock On is superior. If I remember correctly, the music of Rock On was ranked 13 in the world rock album chart of 2008.

  • Ritz

    The major thing that ROCKSTAR defies to the core is its not ‘the prevalent love story’. It changes the elemental way of how a love story is made in cinema. It makes you think n answer ur own questions, you aren’t fed, the answers lie within the film. It’s the director’s vision and the viewer has to be open to this new pandora. It’s not that the movie is a perfect 10. It has it’s blemishes, like Nargis (fixed expressions-another katrina), jerky editing at times, stagnant script (in the second half) etc etc but Imtiaz Ali, Rahman, Irshaad Kamil, Ranbir, Kumud Mishra, Piyush Mishra, ranbir’s brothers, all take this to another level and that level is what mesmerises the viewer in totality.

  • anurag singh

    rockstar is rocking movie.and ranbir acting very very good.