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Elvis Presley must be having a great satisfaction seeing from above that every film star worth his grain has this latent desire to be a rock star on the screen, though the quotient of success associated with it is rather mixed. Even then, the sheer elixir of holding the guitar before a audience that shrieks and shouts, indeed lets the adrenalin flow even if the cash in the coffers through the box office flows or not.

The latest to join in this party is Ajay Devgan, who along with Sanjay Dutt and Fardeen Khan has chosen a beach in Goa for his upcoming film ALL THE BEST to become rock star and the initial buzz that has been created has indeed left the audience salivating for encore. It really is an amazing rock concert that has been filmed on a humungous scale.

The original rock star however in the Indian film industry was none other than Shammi Kapoor who just walked into the heart of youth all over the country with the song in CHINA TOWN- Talli Ho. Surprisingly enough, the notion of Rock Star got swept under the carpet till Shammi Kapoor gave it a revival through TEESRI MANZIL. But after Shammi Kapoor hung his boots the notion of Rock Star indeed was forgotten in the annals of history, till his nephew Rishi Kapoor decided to step into his uncle' shoes and indeed he emerged as the original rock star for India. It all started with HUM KISSI SE KAM NAHIN and reached a crescendo with KARZ and the song 'Om Shanti Om', became a rock anthem of the youth when it was released. Big B also tried to do it with 'Saara Zamana Haseeno ka Deewana', in YAARANA. In between there were symbolic representations but the notion of Rock star indeed again went out of contention.

It is being said so as Kumar Gaurav tried to become a Rock Star with STAR and there were all ingredients for it to be a commercial success, as it had music by Biddoo, Nazia Hassan was the singer and it was coming in the wake of phenomenal success of QURBANI but STAR could not make any impact whatsoever. Interestingly enough, Zeenat Aman was the first female Rock Star to appear in the role of Rock Star in QURBANI and somebody should have followed it up, but it was not done. Interestingly enough, if Zennie Baby had done it how could her contemporary Parveen Babi be far behind! She got a chance to become a Rock Star in SHAAN and she also brought out lot of panache to her rendition of the role.

Among the trio of Khans it was Salman Khan who became the Rock Star on the screen first, and he demonstrated a sophisticated version of the same through LOVE and a real hard-core rock star with his song 'O O Jaane Jana', in PYAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA. He became a rock star in true sense of words as he tore off his shirt while strumming the guitar, flowing in the passion of the moment and indeed it became his signature statement which nobody else has been able to follow with same passion.

Salman Khan's act was followed to a certain extent by Shah Rukh Khan in KAL HO NA HO, where he was probably the first star who chose the country of Rock, USA to give his rock performance what with all the Punjabi Band beating in the background. Aamir Khan got a chance to become the rock star in true sense of words along with Saif Ali Khan and Akhshay Khanna in DIL CHAHTA HAI.

May be the success of DIL CHAHTA HAI would have inspired Farhan Akhtar to himself become the rock star and ROCK ON was the result that indeed became the first rock film of the country in true sense of words. It indeed was one of the apparent paradoxes that one of the true blue fans of rock music, Saif Ali Khan, who has also performed with the popular band Parikrama and did a commercial displaying his rock star abilities, got a chance to play the role of a rock star in his home film LOVE AAJ KAL.

Indeed the penchant to play Rock Star has taken wings and the new breed of actors of the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh etc., all should take it to new heights. As a matter of fact that Neil Nitin Mukesh showed the same with his performance along with Katrina Kaif and John Abraham in NEW YORK. Let the ilk expand.



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