Maheswara Rao Nadella | Published On: Nov, 4, 2023 | 01:12 PM
Ranbir Kapoor, the versatile Bollywood star, underwent a transformative phase in his career with Imtiaz Ali’s musical drama “Rockstar,” a film that not only redefined his on-screen persona but also left an indelible mark on the industry. As the film approaches its 12th anniversary on November 11, here are some lesser-known insights and intriguing facts about the iconic movie that captivated audiences worldwide.
One of the remarkable aspects of the film’s production was its unique shooting process, which was conducted in reverse to accommodate Ranbir Kapoor’s evolving hairstyle. Notably, the climax, featuring the actor’s character with long hair, was filmed first, exemplifying the meticulous approach adopted to ensure the visual continuity and authenticity of the narrative. Ranbir’s commitment to the role extended to his comprehensive preparation, including guitar practice at AR Rahman’s studio in Chennai, in-depth study of Kurt Cobain’s biography, and familiarization with Jats to embody the essence of his character.
“Rockstar” served as a pivotal milestone in Ranbir Kapoor’s career trajectory, solidifying his distinct identity in the industry. Despite facing initial challenges with his debut film “Saawariya,” Kapoor persevered and demonstrated his exceptional talent, ultimately winning critical acclaim and widespread recognition for his compelling performance in “Rockstar.”
Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, the 2011 release “Rockstar” witnessed commercial success, earning global revenues of Rs 110 crore against a budget of Rs 50 crore. Notably, the film attained the distinction of being the first Bollywood production to film its climax before other scenes, reflecting the filmmakers’ innovative approach to storytelling and production.
The movie also marked the debut of Nargis Fakhri, whose on-screen chemistry with Ranbir Kapoor garnered significant attention and praise from the audience. With its resonant musical narrative and engaging storytelling, “Rockstar” captivated the hearts of a young urban audience, achieving critical acclaim and multiple awards, including accolades for Kapoor’s performance and AR Rahman’s musical brilliance. Additionally, the film serves as a poignant tribute to the legendary actor Shammi Kapoor, marking his final appearance in Bollywood cinema.
Amidst his diverse filmography, Ranbir Kapoor continues to captivate audiences with his versatile performances in acclaimed films such as “Barfi,” “Sanju,” “Wake Up Sid,” and “Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.” Furthermore, his upcoming projects, including “Animal,” “Stardom,” “Ramayana,” and an untitled project with Anurag Basu, further testify to his enduring impact and unwavering commitment to cinematic excellence. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, “Animal” is set to release on December 1, featuring a stellar cast including Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and Rashmika Mandanna, promising an enthralling cinematic experience for audiences worldwide.