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"Beyond the limits of right and wrong."
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 2 hr 37 min
  • 7.7  (48,184)

Rockstar is a romantic drama musical film released in 2011 directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Eros International Media and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision. The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, and Shammi Kapoor in pivotal roles. The story revolves around Janardhan Jhakar, popularly known as JJ, who aspires to become a famous musician without compromising on his unique style and individuality.

Rockstar is a love story where the protagonist, JJ, falls in love with Heer Kaul, played by Nargis Fakhri. Heer is initially shown as a free spirit who loves to live life to the fullest. JJ yearns to impress her as Heer initially rejects him. Eventually, they become friends, and their friendship turns into love. He writes songs for her and performs in front of her. JJ has a vision, where he sees himself as a rockstar and Heer as his muse. They set out together on a journey to make it big in the music industry.

However, their path to success was not seamless, and they encounter many obstacles. JJ realizes that in order to express his emotions and music, he has to suffer. He becomes a victim of his own talent, and his passion for music takes him on an emotional ride. He tries to use his pain to create music that would resonate with his fans. As JJ becomes more successful, Heer's health deteriorates, and she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The turning point in JJ's career and personal life comes when Heer dies. This loss is so profound that it leaves a lasting impact on JJ's life. The movie showcases how JJ tries to cope with his loss and still make music. The movie depicts the protagonist's journey of self-discovery through his music.

Ranbir Kapoor has done an excellent job of bringing JJ's character to life. He transforms from a naive youngster to a confident musician in the movie. The film mostly centers around him and his relationship with not just Heer but also other people in his life. Nargis Fakhri, in her Bollywood debut, hones her character with her classic beauty and charm. She fits her part of a lost soul looking for meaning in life. It's said that veteran actor Shammi Kapoor had only enough strength to shoot for a few days, and yet he brought immense depth to his part of Ustad Jameel Khan.

The music of Rockstar composed by AR Rahman is the film's biggest highlight. The soundtrack is the main character of this movie, and every song in the movie has a different flavor. Even though the songs progress throughout the film, the background music remains constant, serving as a backdrop for the various changes in JJ's life. The album features some of the most iconic songs, including "Sadda Haq" and "Tum Ho."

The film's cinematography is stunning, and the scenic beauty of Kashmir has been captured admirably on the camera. The vibrant colors and smooth cam work complement the grandiose vibe of the Rockstar.

Overall, Rockstar is a film that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer's mind; it is a touching tribute to music, love, and loss. It has a melancholic touch and a relatable story. Imtiaz Ali's direction is masterful, and he has succeeded in weaving a seamless narrative that provides powerful messages. Rockstar is a movie that hits all the right notes with its excellent cast, music, and direction.

Rockstar is a 2011 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7.

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    7.7  (48,184)