Movie Review: Rockstar (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Above Avg.

Janardan (Ranbir Kapoor), born and brought up in the very middle class locality of Pitampura in Delhi, has a larger than life dream – of being a rockstar like Jim Morrison! But all he gets from his reluctant audience is ridicule and humiliation. He’s at his wit’s end, when he realizes that all musical stars; all artists in fact, have one thing in common. And that is tragedy. They all have tragic lives. They have all suffered painful heartbreaks to become what they are. Alas, there is no pain in Janardan’s life – it is an oasis of peace. Unless he does something drastic, he will never become a rockstar. Heer Kaul (Nargis Fakhri) is the undisputed diva of the college campus – beautiful, talented, arrogant, rich, and unavailable. She has broken many hearts. Janardan hopes she will break his heart too. He sets out to woo Heer with the sole object of getting his heart broken. ROCKSTAR is the journey of a boy – who leaves behind Janardan to become Jordan; who traverses the highs and lows of life – from simple naivete to tortured soul, from the pleasure of unaffected friendship to the torment of unrequited love, from the campus in Delhi to the international stage… He ultimately gets all that his heart has ever desired…but in the process shatters / loses his heart forever…

Making Of:

ROCKSTAR does not live up to the confidence and expectations from the otherwise very skilled and accomplished film-maker Imtiaz Ali. The film suffers immensely due to a disorderly screenplay, especially in its post-interval portions. However, the silver lining or the comforting prospect is the virtuoso performance by Ranbir Kapoor and the captivating score by A.R. Rahman, which justify that one extra star.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Watch Rockstar and wait for Imtiaz Ali’s next from his compendium of love.”
4.0 “Rockstar is as fulfilling as an effective crescendo.”
DNA India
4.0 “Sadda Haq, Delievered !”
3.5 “Go watch it for Ranbir and Imtiaz’s direction. A must watch for all true lovers.”
3.0 “ROCKSTAR does not live up to the confidence and expectations from the otherwise very skilled and accomplished film-maker Imtiaz Ali.”
3.0 “If only Imtiaz had curtailed his obsession and let some scenes go, ROCKSTAR could have achieved cult status like ROCK ON.”
3.0 “Rockstar may not be one of the finest attempts but is definitely worth a watch for its pleasing first half and the ace performance of Ranbir Kapoor.”
3.0 “Rockstar aspires to be a modern-day epic. While not an entirely wholesome experience, Rockstar does have plenty of moments worth savouring.”
3.0 “Rockstar is a one-time watch and worth a treat for both the fans and non-fans of Ranbir Kapoor, as he does complete justice to his character.”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “Watching Rockstar is also the next best thing to watching the Mozart of Madras live in concert.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Rockstar is more Devdas than Jim Morrison.”
2.5 “Rockstar, for the most part, steers well clear of the cliches that usually hound the average Bollywood love story.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “Watch it for the great performance of Ranbir Kapoor.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Take whatever mode of transport you will, you come right back to the single fact: this is a film that lacks discipline.”
2.0 “The movie does not meet our expectation but it deserves a watch for Ranbir’s efforts, his chemistry with Nargis, a well crafted first half and A.R.Rahman’s songs.”

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