Movie Review ‘Rock On 2’ by : ‘G9 Divya Solgama’
Farhan Akhtar made his mark into the Hindi cinema by producing & directing a cult classic film in the form of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. This movie established a new style of films catering to young urban audiences He kept directing films for a while and then ventured into film production followed by acting in movies. ‘Rock On’ was his debut film as an actor which eventually was also his first big hit film, as a producer. Just like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Rock On’ also managed to touch the hearts of young urban audiences and ended up being one among the list of path breaking type of films. The massive success of ‘Rock On’ motivated Farhan to produce many more films and after a long gap of eight years decided to make its sequel in form of ‘Rock On 2’. So, let’s find out whether ‘Rock On 2’ will manage to carry the legacy of its predecessor or might end up being yet another sequel which are made only to cash-in over its past glory.
‘Rock On 2’, is a story of a musical band ‘Magik’ and its dispersed members. Joe (Arjun Rampal) is owner of a night club and a celebrity judge on a reality show. K.D (Purab Kohli) is composing music for various clients and Aditya (Farhan Akhtar) is leading a secluded life in hills of Meghalaya. Aditya is haunted by a horrifying past due to which he is staying away from his wife Sakshi (Prachi Desai) and working hard by forming a co-operative for farmers. Aditya’s hard work goes in vain due to a natural calamity in Meghalaya. He returns back to Mumbai and out there hears a music track composed by Jiah (Shraddha Kapoor) and Uday (Shashank Arora). K.D motivates Joe and Aditya to perform with Jiah and Uday, but what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story starts on an interesting note but once established, moves on a snail pace. The first half still has some enjoyable moments like Farhan, Arjun and Purab arguing over their individual careers followed by audition of Shraddha Kapoor along with couple of scenes like brawl after the the Mumbai concert and Shraddha – Farhan at relief camp. Also, Luke Kenny’s special appearance in the song ‘You know what I mean’ managed to give you goosebumps. But besides these minimal positive point, the movie is full of bland and boring moments. The narrative style is super slow and most of the tracks are predictable. The filler songs fail to work as additional screenplay like how it did in case of ‘Rock On’. Several tracks are unwanted and fail to connect with the flow of the film. The forced hindrance track along with the finale concert takes away the crux factor from the film. The cinematography is good and presents the movie in a decent manner. The rock concerts and performances are presented pretty well. Locations of Meghalaya were appealing.
Music was a major key element in the success of ‘Rock On’ but, sadly here, it fails to enhance the film. ‘Manzar Naya’ is a sweet song which adds the freshness to this bland film. ‘You Know What I Mean’ and ‘Jaago’ are nostalgic. ‘Ho Kiw’ by various rock band looks good. ‘Rock On (Revisited)’ fails to create the magic of its original track. ‘Udja Re’ in the end credits goes wasted.
Director Shujaat Saudagar enters into the world of Hindi films after directing AD films for more than a decade. He manages to add an extension tale to the life of Magik group members but fails to enhance it. The movie ends up being a repentance drama between Farhan and Shraddha. The focus over other band members and their personal lives is hardly shown in the film. Almost every scene is dragged to the fullest and is presented in a slow manner. It’s a huge opportunity loss for this film maker and all the fans of ‘Rock On’.
Farhan Akhtar is decent but, neither great nor excellent as he was in ‘Rock On’. Shraddha Kapoor does her part with total grace but ends up being a victim of a half baked character. Arjun Rampal was fantastic in ‘Rock On’, out here his role has hardly anything to offer. Still he does his act in some scenes. Purab Kohli lends good support. Shashank Arora, Kumud Mishra, Prachi Desai are wasted. Shahana Goswami ends up in a guest appearance. It’s sad that two main pillars (Arjun Rampal and Shahana Goswami) of ‘Rock On 2’ are not fully utilized in its sequel.
On an overall basis, ‘Rock On 2’ has some moments matching up to the brilliance of ‘Rock On’. It’s a decent film but presented in bland and boring manner. Due to which, ‘Rock On 2’ instead of rocking majorly ends up being a film which drags on and on and on.
Rating – 2/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)