Rockstar Movie Review
Release Date:November 11, 2011
Janardan, 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 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.
Rock star 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...
Practically nothing in Rockstar is done the way its story synopsis would appear to demand, and this blithe abandonment of convention is what makes this love story singRead more
The film's chief lapses are its meandering script, and its less-than-impressive leading lady, both of which cost the film dearlyRead more
A heart-felt, inflexible vision of an insightful filmmakerRead more
In Rockstar the setting, imagery, costumes, get overwrought and orchestrated, the emotions become magnified. What Imtiaz forgets is that simplicity can sometimes talk much moreRead more
Director Imitiaz Ali manages to retain a personal, auteur's touch in a genre vastly commercial, mainstream. This is a rare featRead more
Rockstar disappoints; Ranbir doesn’tRead more
Watch it if you’re an Imtiaz Ali/ Ranbir Kapoor fanRead more
Ranbir above all else, is the reason the transition, Imtiaz Ali’s vision - Janardhan to Jordan - is convincing. If you need one reason to watch Rockstar, RK it isRead more
Rockstar is worth a watch— despite the story’s inherent shallowness, and worse, the shocking randomness of its execution—because of the leading manRead more
It is a simple, unspectacular tale, sometimes even predictable, but Ali masterfully weaves in details that draw us in while his leading man basks magnificently in the glow of a bespoke scriptRead more
Imtiaz makes it work, interweaving the fantastical romantic part of the film with the more gritty, dark bits deftlyRead more
Why, when there are so many kinds of love in the world, must we strain again and again to create the epic kind – and fall so desperately flat?Read more
AR Rahman's music is the soul of the film. What is missing is the spine, leaving just a jelly in place.Read more
Despite all the frenetic movement in space that Rockstar offers, the film really goes nowehere. It feels strangely staticRead more
The film suffers immensely due to a disorderly screenplay, especially in its post-interval portionsRead more
The highpoint of Rockstar is it's high tension, high-on-passion romance between two unlikely peopleRead more