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By Gitanjali Chak and Rajnish Sharma Email By Gitanjali Chak and Rajnish Sharma
January 2012
Movie Review Rockstar

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Music Director: A.R. Rahman

Rockstar is a far from perfect movie, but you do feel like saluting Imtiaz Ali for at least trying to give something different to the Hindi film audiences—an explosive musical. And most importantly, for giving Ranbir Kapoor the role of a lifetime which he totally sinks his teeth into, making him the true Rockstar of the current crop of
actors. He is one big reason for watching Rockstar.

The movie traces the tumultuous journey of a downtown Delhi boy, Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbir Kapoor) aspiring to be a rockstar, à la Jim Morrison, to his metamorphosis as the anguished artist, Jordan. While the first half is entertaining and full of wonderful moments—the romance between two very unlikely people is riveting—it’s the post-interval portions that disappoint, with a meandering script that leads nowhere, though the intensity quotient goes up.

While Nargis is lovely looking, her acting, especially in dramatic scenes, is unconvincing. But the onscreen chemistry she shares with Ranbir is fantastic and together, they set the screen afire with their grand passion. The supporting cast is good, too, especially Kumud Mishra. The presence of the late Shammi Kapoor as the classical artiste lends a depth to the film.

The cinematography and dialogues are excellent. But what takes your breath away is the music by A.R. Rahman. While some tracks like Sadda Haq strike a chord instantly, there are others which grow on you. Rahman is the other big reason for watching Rockstar.

1. Sadda Haq (Rockstar)
2. Ooh La La (The Dirty Picture)
3. Subha Hone Na De (Desi Boyz)
4. Dil Ke Liye (Ghost)
5. Hai Ye Maya (Don 2)
6. Chammak Challo (Ra. One)
7. Haal E Dil (Murder2)
8. Jazba (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl)
9. Jis Jagah Pe Khatam (Players)
10. Mere Brother (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan)


1. The Dirty Picture
2. Rockstar
3. Ladies vs Ricky Bahl
4. Desi Boyz
5. Saheb Biwi aur Gangster
6. Singham
7. Ra.One
8. Lanka
9. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
10. Force

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