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Rockstar (2011)

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Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer.

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Imtiaz Ali

Writers:

Imtiaz Ali, Muazzam Beg (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ranbir Kapoor ... Janardan Jakhar / Jordan
Nargis Fakhri ... Heer Kaul
Shammi Kapoor ... Ustad Jameel Khan
Kumud Mishra ... Khatana
Piyush Mishra ... Dhingra
Shernaz Patel ... Neena Kaul
Aditi Rao Hydari ... Sheena
Sanjana Sanghi ... Mandy
Shikha Jain Shikha Jain ... Meena
Jaideep Ahlawat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moufid Aziz Moufid Aziz ... Jai
Geetika Budhiraja ... Sheena-college girl
Aakash Dahiya Aakash Dahiya ... Jaat
Sushil Dahiya Sushil Dahiya ... Cop
Teddy Maurya Teddy Maurya ... Music Arranger
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Storyline

The film follows Janardhan Jhakar in a series of flashbacks and flash forwards, how the small collage boy became an international rock sensation "Jordan". To chase his dreams of a rockstar, the wanna-be singer his counseled that music and feelings only come with pain. In the process of which, he meets Heer, a tough on the outside and popular college girl, the both become friends, and as time passes by his dreams of music fade away as they spend time together. When heer moves away, Janardhan is thrown out of his house because of family misunderstandings. As he bides his time at a local mosque, his passion for music comes back to life. He is soon signed by a record label, where he makes more enemies than friends, his tour takes him to Prague, where he is reunited with a married Heer. Things go awry when the two share an intimate moment, and Jordan his deported to India on trespassing charges filed by Heer's husband. Now an angry painful and lonely JORDAN embarks on his journey to become... Written by Eros International

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рок-зiрка See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,920,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$612,235, 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$985,912, 4 December 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,660,000, 16 December 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Imtiaz Ali had started writing the script for Rockstar in 2007, and had originally had Hrithik Roshan in mind for the role of Jordan, however, before he contracted Hrithik Roshan into the movie, he sheveled the script as he was unsatisfied with his first draft. Ali then began writing the second draft of Rockstar, and narrated it to Ranbir Kapoor, originally having no intention in casting Kapoor. After completing the second draft, Ali filmed Love Aaj Kal in 2009, and in late 2010, Ali cast Ranbir Kapoor for the lead role of Jordan. See more »

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In the scene just before the interval (when Jordan and Heer enter lush green fields on their bike), a shot is taken in which the equipment is visible in the shining back of the mirror of the motorcycle. See more »

Quotes

Janardan Jakhar: Many years ago there was a jungle over here. A dense and fearsome jungle.Then one day, a city came up in its place. Neat and tidy houses, wide roads.Everything became planned and proper.
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References Sholay (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Jo Bhi Main
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Irshad Kamil
Performed by Mohit Chauhan
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A New Star Is Born - RockStar
12 November 2011 | by vaibhav_bhandeoSee all my reviews

First of all, Rockstar is not a mere love story, for those people I saw drawing conclusion that this is just an extramarital affair which is justified by Imtiaz Ali, it's much more than that.

When the character of protagonist was getting built, it was told to him that it would be pain that would get the star out of him; movie is journey of making of a Rock star who goes through pain of separation, depravity from society which makes him someone he was never meant to be but finally a Rockstar. A true blue eyed boy who was always away from any sense of pain in his life until he falls in love and tore apart life of his and love of his life Heer.

I am although not a big Rock music fan but got food for thought for those posthumous rock stars that lost their lives to depression and drugs. This film gives gray shades of their tainted life which is always open to so much of public scrutiny which perhaps helped me to recon with their hysterical behavior.

It starts with a young lad trying to make big in music but who doesn't have soul to sell himself as a serious artist. He has shown a way through love and betrayal and he fancies his chances with the most admired girl of the town, little does he know that this would embark an endless journey of pain for both which would see it's penultimate end being both leads battling for their survival literally.

I don't wish to discuss movie dynamics in length as this is not about how the script has been written with/without conviction. The real sense of conviction in this movie comes through Ranbir Kapoor, he lives the character of Jordan and gives performance of his life time. Not in for a second you would think for the entire movie that he is a movie star, you would watch him struggle through his pathos. Kudos to him for pulling this off with such great ease, I couldn't imagine anyone doing this role and leave the same impression. Nargis who is the leading lady in this movie, looks no less than an angel in movie and gives a performance for which any new comer can feel proud about especially against such a strong character played by Ranbir Kapoor.

Of all the loudest praise should go to two people, A.R. Rehman for his genius music and to Mohit Chauhan, this movie is as much a milestone for him as it is for Ranbir Kapoor. Both Mohit and Ranbir jells so well that it's hard to believe that actually Ranbir's voice is backed by a singer, it's a compliment for both of them. Every song stands out and they all are superb.

I thoroughly enjoyed this journey of making of a Rock star. This movie is not about making a right statement to society and not to follow the footsteps of protagonist; it's about how much pain it goes in making a real Rock star that makes everyone feel on the cloud when he couldn't ground his foot correctly. Movie is dark in nature and this is about an anti hero Jordan who don't have sense of righteousness and he vents out his anger in form of music, a picture perfect depiction of a rebel Rock star to the core.

Watch it, if you are in for dark movies. Don't expect any Bollywood masala but an intense tide of emotions throughout.


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