Rockstar (2011) Review – Details, Movie Review, Music Review

Star Cast – Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Piyush Mishra and Shammi Kapoor 

Director – Imtiaz Ali

Producer – Dhillin Mehta

Music Director – A R Rahman

Lyrics – Irshad Kamil

Audio – T-Series

Genre – Romance Drama

Ranbir Kapoor already has a huge female fan following with his charming looks and superb acting talent but Rockstar is definitely going to rock his career and he might be able to secure his place as one of the best young actors that will stay in Bollywood for long time. This will be Imtiaz Ali’s fourth movie as director and so far all his movies have been declared super hit so he is hoping that this movie might make him fourth time lucky as well. The movie revolves around Janardhan (Ranbir) trying to self discover true love and himself during the phase. Ranbir was the first choice by Imtiaz Ali and when he narrated the script Ranbir was really impressed with the script. Later on Nargis Fakhri was casted opposite Ranbir. Most of the shooting is done in Kashmir at Kupwara, Kulgam and Srinagar. However, there are some scenes that are shot in New Delhi while the climax was shot in Chennai where Ranbir performed live in front of audience. This would also be Shammi Kapoor’s last appearance on the silver screen.

Rockstar Movie Review

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Rock movies have been the forte in Bollywood and even directors that have tried it have never achieved much success with it because many Indians still feel that rock music is not the way Indians think about music. Although, Farhan Akhtar did try his hands on making rock music movie with Rock On but it only received good response in the urban localities and never got any appreciation from the audiences living in the interiors. Soon after that, Vipul Shah tried his hands on rock music movie with London Dreams but it failed to make an impact because once again rock music movies only impress certain generations. Now, Imtiaz Ali decides to try his hands on rock music with Rockstar that somewhat coincides with the biography of Jim Morrison. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Rockstar stars Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Kunal Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, and Kumud Mishra.

The story revolves around Janardhan (Ranbir) who is born and brought up in middle class family but he still has ambitions to become a rockstar and he idolizes Jim Morrison. However, he is always labeled as stupid and becomes the object of ridicule and humiliation in the college. Finally, that just becomes too much for his soft heart and he breaks into tears and disappointment. However, while in conversation with college canteen head he learns that all rockstars have rise from tragedy and therefore only tragedy can bring out the best in him. Desperate to become a rockstar, Janardhan begins to look for pain that can suck out the best in him. Janardhan finds Heer (Nargis) who is arrogant, rich, unavailable and popular for breaking the hearts of various college guys. However, what happens next changes the life of Heer and Janardhan totally.

On performance level, Ranbir Kapoor steals the show and we can say that this is the best performance from Ranbir till date. Ranbir has already explored many emotional characters before but the character of Janardhan and the transformation to Jordan is something that will impress the audience for sure. Ranbir has definitely proved his mettle here with some rock solid performances in the movie. Nargis Fakhri on the other hand, is good but she still needs to handle her facial expressions especially during emotional scenes, but considering that she is performing onscreen for the first time she is just too good and will improve in the future movies for sure. Piyush Mishra also steals the show with his as always cinematic performance. Hence, Rockstar does well on performance level for sure. Technically, the movie is just above the rest of other movies released recently. The cinematography by Anil Mehta is just class apart and gives you different angles to watch the scenes that you must not miss out. However, the movie depends heavily on the dialogues because there are many scenes that need excellent verbal combat to vent frustrations and emotions. The music by A R Rahman is not very great because only few songs manage to make an impact including the climax song Sadda Haq but others grow on you eventually. However, other songs are good to watch in the movie.

To conclude, Rockstar is very different from the regular movies that Ranbir Kapoor has acted in and he deserves appreciation for the work he has done breaking his chocolate boy image. Similarly, loads of appreciation should also go to Imtiaz Ali for attempting something different because it takes lot of guts to try something new that might or might not be accepted by Indian audiences. The only drawback that audience might feel is that the movie keeps moving forth and back into flashback which might be irritating for few viewers. However, you should not miss out Rockstar that can give you the best time of the week.

Rockstar Music Review

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The promos of Rockstar had already raised the expectations of the people because listeners were waiting for the music release. Since the music is given by the maestro A R Rahman the expectations from Rockstar is very high but let’s take a quick look at how good the music of Rockstar is for real. There are 14 tracks which are penned by Irshad Kamil and all songs have music provided by A R Rahman.

The very first song is sung by Mohit Chauhan and the track is called Phir Se Ud Chala. Although, the song might not stuck in your head instantly but it definitely has a lot of soul to it and you will understand that when you hear this song. The guitar in the background and basically no drums makes it soulful listening. It is good for those who prefer some light music in their ears while they are traveling or just want to make themselves feel comfortable. Jo Bhi Main follows next on the album and it starts with Ya Ya Ya which is very different and catches your attention. It feels like a soft rock number from Metallica. The song is again sung by Mohit Chauhan and this soft rock track gets you into the mood and keeps you in the positive mood that there are better songs coming up.

Katiya Karun starts like a Rang De Basanti song with a ting a ling a ling rhymes. The voice of Harshdeep Kaur is really good and has Punjabi setting to it and it goes well with the mood of the movie. The song has a folk essence to it but after listening for it few times you feel that there is nothing so special about it. The next track on the list is a Sufi devotional number by Mohit Chauhan and Javed Ali. The song instantly reminds you of Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa Akbar. It is the longest track on the album which is around eight minutes. Listeners who enjoyed Khwaja Mere Khwaja will enjoy this song for sure.

The next track throws you off track because Sheher Mein sounds like performers trying song recording in motion. The song has a funny feeling to it and listening to it might make you laugh as well. This is a very unconventional song in the album so there are very few listeners who will enjoy such different song. Hawaa Hawaa starts off like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Udi song from Guzaarish and blend of Senorita from ZNMD. It’s a nice Western classical number that allows you to get into your dancing shoes and move your body to the music.

Once again Mohit Chauhan takes over with Aur Ho which is a sad song in the album and it might appeal to those who love some deep heart wrenching lyrics to satisfy their pain. The song might also be great in the movie but not good enough for solo listening. Tango for Taj is another great musical piece that is created keeping in mind the spectacular Taj Mahal. Kavita Krishnamurthy takes the center stage with Tum Ko which is an Indian classical song and it is a nice soothing song that you might like to hear frequently. The Dichotomy of Fame is a short fusion of Shehnai and Guitar played by Balesh and Kabuli. This musical piece might not interest all might go well with the flow of the story. Nadaan Parindey is another good number that talks about the homecoming of a youngster. The song is situational and some really emotional scenes are going to be with it.

Tum Ho is a great romantic number by Mohit Chauhan with Suzanne D’Mello in the background. The number is really haunting and catchy and it might stay with you for long time. It somehow has slight similarity with music given by A R Rahman in Yuvraaj for the song Tum To Meri Dost Hai. This is the second best song in the album for sure. Finally, you hear some great rock guitar by Orianthi and you know that its Saadda Haq which is the hallmark song for the movie. The song takes off with a debate of who is right and who is wrong and after few minutes you are speechless listening to this high voltage Sufi-Rock track which might be the best climax song in years to come. The album ends with an unconventional track called Meeting Place where Ranbir says one line from a poem by Rumi.

Honestly, Rockstar does not really give you value for money. There are 14 tracks and you would expect at least 4 songs to be infectious but that does not happen. There are some good songs but they will just fade away with time and when the hype is not there. The Saadda Haq track is the only track that stays on your mind. However, the initial sales for Rockstar music would be great as there are millions who love the maestro.


  1. daniel October 10, 2011
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