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Friday, November 11, 2011

Rockstar Movie Review (BD)

Bollywood Dil Se Movie Review: Rockstar

Rockstar: Old wine new bottle romantic saga with music as backbone.
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Movie Information: IMDB, Wiki
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fhakri, Piyush Mishra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shammi Kapoor, Shernaz Patel
Direction: Imtiaz Ali
Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical,

Movie Overview:

From the maker of “Jab We Met”, “Love Aaj Kal” and “Socha Na Tha” (Abhay Deol – Ayesha Takia starrer unnoticed gem) and writer of “Ahista Ahista” (Abhay Deol – Soha Ali Khan, a beauty) comes once again, the much hyped and anticipated Ranbir Kapoor’s in and as “Rockstar”.

First things first, Rockstar is not about music, it’s about love. A love that is pure passion; A love that needs more of feelings and emotions rather than modern life logical conclusions and reasoning. The movie is all about Imtiaz Ali style romance, where a lover is drifted along with the highs and lows in a beautiful cinematic journey. Rockstar is thus, much about love and a little about music. Am I complaining? No, not at all.

Let me bluntly state the problem first: Editing in second half and open-ended story telling. These are the only goofs in Rockstar and it seems that Director wanted to keep it that way only. That is why Rockstar is classy!

Yes, Rockstar is classy and not massy. The movie will stay out of reach for those who love typical Bollywood Masala where a hero goes dishoom-dishoom with a funny bad guy or a hero who tries to lure heroine with not so original one liners and his hot looks. In this flick, hero never uses his brains to lure heroine neither he is that intellectual to understand love. The movie has uncanny romantic angle where love is never discussed but is always understood. Imtiaz ali has rendered romance so well in the movie via lovable situations and witty dialogues, which makes you forget all loose threads of movie. At some point, the love may seem unconvincing but Rockstar is based on Rumi’s words and this says it all:

“Away beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there”

The slick screenplay manages to portray flashbacks with style, but this can get a layman confused at places. The abrupt ending over which, I will write a whole article soon, may disappoint the popcorn people. That is why I said, Rockstar is classy not massy.

To overcome all the goofs, we have Ranbir and Rahman. Ranbir has proved with this movie that he deserves to fix in the slot of top Bollywood actors. He single-handedly manages to lift up the whole movie and takes it to another level. This is the role of a solo hero, which is yet not done by Imraan Khan or John Abraham (Shahid did it in Kaminey, BTW). Ranbir deserves accolades from people as well as critics. He should win some awards or at least nominations for Janardhan Jakkar a.k.a Jordan and a.k.a JJ. His character is an open diary, something easier to read, tough to understand. And how Janardhan turned to Jordan, that journey, is cry of an anguish by a rock star.

Rahman did it once again! I found his songs the bliss in second half (the couple next to me found it bore!).

What’s more? Nargis Phakri in a hot-cool avatar, eye candy locations of Kashmir, Prague, Delhi etc. thanks to brilliant cinematography. And an ending that needs guts.

UPDATE: Re-rated the movie as the first five star movie on Bollywood Dil Se. I didn't want to regret later. I know the movie is not perfect, but lets keep it as it is. The article on Rockstar's ending is done. Click Here!


Quick Review:

Brilliant performances! Ranbir, Shammiji, Piyush Mishra, Aditi Rao Hydari all are outshining. Kumud Mishra and Shernaz Patel are noteworthy.

Story And Screenplay:
Story and screenplay are flawed but yet intriguing. Dialogues are bang on and will be remembered easily. As said earlier, ending is uncanny.

Editing And Cinematography:
Editing is brilliant in parts but somehow gets loose in second half. Aarti Bajaj's cinematography is first rate.

Music And Background Score:
Music is already a rage among people. Rockstar rocks and Rahman makes it rocking by his music. Background score is outstanding too. I am waiting for its background release as there are some good pieces (for example say, Electric Guitar version of Tum Ho and a medley of Shehar Main and Katiya Karoon)

Imtiaz Ali, you did it man!!
Final Verdict:
The critic which rates it poor has no right to judge love stories  (personal point of view, sorry if that was rude)! I rate it a five!

Box Office collection report:
Rockstar will not find it tough to recover its money. Hit!

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

(P.S: This is a pure passionate love story where neither Ranbir or Nargis say “I Love You” (oh Ranbeer didn’t mean it when he said so in the famous “girlfriend banja meri” scene). Imtiaz, you are the man!)


  1. socha kuch aur and nikla kuch aur, but jo bhi tha, accha tha...

  2. this muvie is not for aam janta...I accept..I thus did not find it g.

  3. best movie of 2011

  4. Please write the article on the ending of the movie ASAP...
    I was really moved by the ending of the story, and confused as well. Been searching all over the net for some tidbits and FAQs on the ending (not even available on imdb)...

    Please write the article on the end ASAP, need to read about it so badly...bookmarked your site, will check it out again...

  5. AJ-Rox: Here is the article..go on...

  6. thanks a lot dude, really appreciate your effort

  7. most of the movies are prdctble....
    this is an epic love story. the way the story unfolds was awsum.but ppl dnt say its a waste of money and time.this is a very good movie.miss it at ur own risk

  8. feel like falling in love the same way

  9. Himanshu...

    For me...this Movie is a sheer piece of genius poetry...! is nothing but a beautiful poetry...
    And poetry is not for it's appropriate that most of general public has remained aloof from the true essence of this beautiful piece of creativity...

    Since I saw this Film in the Theater on 11/11/11...there was this bubbling sense of fulfillment inside that is experienced when you experience something really beautiful...

    I wished for long after that somehow I could reach to Imitiaz...Ranbir...and convey them that they created a pure masterpiece...!

    The official website of the Film was equally creative too...some back stages stories interspersed with Rumi's enlightening words...

    Actually I was looking for that site...and accidentally tumbled upon your Review...
    And I I could express my long time suppressed sense of fulfillment...

    I tried...
    Yet there is lot more to say about this Film...
    But I will keep it with myself...something which has enriched me within....

  10. Does anyone review the posts on this blog at all..?
    I commented on this blog on friday...and with great anticipation waited to get my comments published...
    But it seems they have vanished in thin air...
    Have started to feel disappointed now...
    Hoping against hope that someone is reading this atleast...



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