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Rockstar (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 11 November 2011 (USA)
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Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer.

Director:

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 ... Jaat
Sushil Dahiya Sushil Dahiya ... Cop
Ranveer Kashyap Ranveer Kashyap
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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-звезда 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

Gross USA:

$986,697

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,651,601
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The name of lead actress in the movie is Heer, In the movie Tamasha there is a song Heer To Badi Sad Hai. 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: Beyond the world of right doing n wrong doing, there is a world & we will meet there
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References Apna Desh (1972) See more »

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Hava Hava
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Irshad Kamil
Performed by Mohit Chauhan
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Imperfect Love of Perfect Lovers
12 November 2011 | by saba2115See all my reviews

I have to say that watching this movie ALONE in an empty movie theatre added several dimensions to the whole experience of watching ROCKSTAR.

My first comment is to Imtiaz Ali-- What were you thinking, bro? To actually have the gumption to create a love story around the idea of ethereal and eternal love as envisioned by the great Sufi Master Rumi in the land of DABANGG and BODYGUARD? Did you really think that audiences (read THE COMMON MAN) would throng cinemas and multiplexes to get a taste of sublime love?

For sublime love is the thread that binds this beautiful bitter sweet tale together. It is a love story written in the idiom of NorthIndian/Kashmiri/Sufi culture, of dargahs, of spirituality, of Delhi University Campus insider jokes, of the topography of North India, especially Kashmir and I fear the film could be condemned with the "E" word--elitism.

The starting point of the story is a young ordinary low middle class callow youth who is a wannabe singer, strumming his guitar to ordinary lyrics hoping to make it big. He is accused of being shallow by his mentor and advised to seek out "PAIN" in order to light the creative spark, that divine glow that accompanies great art. Unbeknownst to him, his casual and frivolous flirtation with this search for angst leads him into the deep end where he has to come face to face first with true love and then with the inevitable pain that comes with it.

The dialogues are fabulous. So is the cinematography. The snow clad mountains of Kashmir and the misty mornings of New Delhi, the green fields full of flowers in Prague place the story in the here and now when in truth the story could belong to any era, any century, any epoch. The universality of love, the self realisation that comes with it, the realisation that this life is but a dream is what the movie is really about. The essence of the story is not in the physicality of love but love beyond the here and now, beyond right and wrong and love for the Creator who was there when there was nothing else.

See what I mean when I ask Imtiaz--what were you thinking, bro?

And now for the piece de resistance-the music, the lyrics, the singer.

If there were any doubts being expressed by the hoi polloi about A R Rehman's diminishing creativity well then, here is his rebuttal.

The music is earthy, rooted in our traditions and culture, and designed to rock. It's astonishing how Rehman is able to dive into the musical traditions of the Punjab to create the "Saada Haq" and "Katiyaan Karoon". Irshad Kamil's lyrics, if you take the time to listen to the songs and understand the words, are beyond compare. Mohit Chauhan's voice is eminently suitable for all the songs. My favorite is "Naadaan parinde, ghar aajaa" Listen to the lyrics and cry.

We have been enjoying a lot of junk food lately. Now it's time for some haute cuisine.


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