Deepika Padukone : I have been disappointed with two to three films that I did

Deepika Padukone, Bachna Ae Haseeno

Deepika Padukone : I have been disappointed with two to three films that I did
If Deepika Padukone is satisfied after doing romantic comedy “Cocktail” in 2012, she wishes she had been part of the Ranbir Kapoor starrer 2011 musical hit “Rockstar”.

“I am more than happy I was part of ‘Cocktail’. It was the most satisfying experience to do the film. The audience really appreciated me a lot in ‘Cocktail’,” Deepika told reporters.

“So this year, I am extremely happy about ‘Cocktail’ and have no regrets. But if you ask me about last year, then yes, I would say, I wish I was part of ‘Rockstar’.”

The actress had dated Ranbir for some time and even featured with him in the hit movie “Bachna Ae Haseeno” before parting ways.

“Rockstar”, a musical extravaganza that rocked the box office, was helmed by Imtiaz Ali who roped in Pakistani American Nargis Fakhri as Ranbir’s love interest in the movie.

If Deepika pats herself for doing “Cocktail”, she candidly admits that some of her films disappointed her.

“I don’t regret anything but, yes, I have been disappointed with two to three films that I did in the last two years,” the 26-year-old said.

“I put equal amount of effort to each and every film but when it doesn’t work, it is very disappointing. All of us face ups and downs in our lives, but all we can do is we can learn from our experiences.”

However, she refused to name those disappointing films, saying it would be “unfair to name any films because ultimately it’s me who had chosen the film … so I would never name them”.

Rockstar (2011 film)
Rockstar is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language musical romantic drama film written and directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by former Eros International head Sunil Lulla and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Limited chief Dhilin Mehta, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film also stars Moufid Aziz, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel, Kumud Mishra in supporting roles, and also Shammi Kapoor, who makes his last silver-screen appearance. The plot follows Janardhan Jakhar a.k.a. JJ or Jordan, who dreams of becoming a rockstar like his role model, Jim Morrison. Eventually attaining all that he dreamt of, however, Jordan ends up anguished and despondent by the loss of Heer Kaul, whom he loved passionately and whose death is inadvertently caused by Jordan himself.

Rockstar (2011 film) casting
Ranbir Kapoor plays the male lead of Rockstar, with whom Eros International worked previously on Anjaana Anjaani. His role of Jordan is loosely based on Imtiaz Ali’s Jat friend, who lived in a small settlement in Pitam Pura. He had seen Kareena Kapoor’s performance in his Jab We Met and wanted to cast her in the film. However, the script required some romantic scenes between the leads. As Ranbir and Kareena happened to be cousins, this was touted as a problem. Moreover, the filmmakers did not want to replace Ranbir with any other actor as the character he portrayed was reportedly suitable only for him. They then made a joint decision to replace Kapoor with Nargis Fakhri, after initially approaching Sonam Kapoor and Diana Penty for the replacement. The film marked Shammi Kapoor’s last appearance in a feature film; he died on 14 August 2011.

Rockstar (2011 film) filming
The shooting for Rockstar began in May 2010. A major part of the shooting took place in Kashmir at Kulgam, Kupwara and Srinagar, while the last phase was shot in Delhi at places like the Kotla Mubarakpur, Nizamuddin Dargah, Greater Kailash, Munirka, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Amity School (deleted scenes), Connaught Place, Shri Ram College of Commerce, BL Kapoor Hospital, Rajendra Nagar, St. Stephen’s College and Hindu College, which was Imtiaz Ali’s alma mater. Foreign sequences were shot at Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and the Old Town in parts of Prague and in Liberec (at Dr. Beneš Square, in front of the Liebieg Villa). The film was shot in reverse as the crew didn’t want to break the continuity of Ranbir’s hairstyle. The climax with long hair was shot first. Kapoor had to transform himself into a rockstar: he practiced guitar at A. R. Rahman’s studio in Chennai for many days, read Kurt Cobain’s biography and familiarised himself with Jats.

Rockstar’s costumes were designed by Aki Narula and Manish Malhotra, who dressed Ranbir in “small-town denim-and-sweater combination and later, Pathani-style kurtas with arm bands”, thus completing the rockstar look. Nargis Fakhri, who plays the role of a Kashmiri Pandit girl, wore a traditional Kashmiri Pandit wedding outfit in the wedding scene, which included Pandit Pheran, Dejhor (ear ornament) and Taranga (head cap worn underneath the veil). This also happens to be the first time in Bollywood that a Kashmiri Pandit wedding was shown.

Rockstar (2011 film) soundtrack

The music for the film is composed and scored by A. R. Rahman. This also marks the first Imtiaz Ali film since his debut Socha Na Tha, to have the same composer for both film score and songs.

The soundtrack features 14 tracks, with all lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil. The recording of the album took place in Chennai, London and Mumbai. Mohit Chauhan had lent his voice for nine songs. The audio rights were bought by T-Series. Upon release on 30 September 2011, it received highly positive reviews from critics. “Sadda Haq” became the most popular song of the album and was named as a “youth anthem”.

23 Dec 2012 – by Ankur Das * stylemeindia.com

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