Film Director Shujaat Saudagar, who marked his Bollywood directorial debut with ‘Bali’ in 2004, had taken a very long sabbatical and come back with the much applauded musical franchise ‘Rock On 2 movie’. The film is set in the relatively less explored north-east India and has an emotional plot.
The movie starts from the rock overall performance where the first Rock On ends after Rob (Luke Keny) dies of most cancers. 8 years later, Aditya (Farhan Akhtar), KD (Purab Kohli), Joe (Arjun Rampal) are settled different locations of India. Having seen their dream of Magik band reviving, the three nonetheless have aspirations of launching and promoting new singing talent.
Because of some unfortunate incident, Aditya settles down in Shillong where he purchase a few land and help poor humans. Lead drummer KD continues to make compositions for his clients and Joe is busy being a judge of a famous singing reality show. The three relive their unpleasant beyond when Jiya (Shraddha Kapoor) and Uday (Shashank Arora) enter their band in Mumbai city. The unravelling of the sour beyond of Magik band is what forms the major crux of the sequel ‘Rock On 2’.
Film Director Shujaat Saudagar’s attempt is noticeable. He is a success in taking the story which ended 8years ago in ahead. Pubali Chaudhary, who has written the screenplay, is predictable yet refreshing. ‘Rock On 2’ will take you on an exciting adventure for the reason that film deals with emotions, conspiracies and social cognizance. But, dialogues penned by way of Farhan Akhtar aren’t that remarkable. The film might have been much better in several aspects and subsequently remains a decent one-time watch. The humour inside the film is like a breath of clean air. Marc Koninckx has visually captured North-East India fantastically, mainly the folk performance by Usha Uthup towards the climax.
Since the movie is an extension of the prequel ‘Rock On’, viewers expecting the equal flavour as the first one might get dissatisfied. The reviewer feels that being a musical movie, the sequel should have had extra rock band performances and focussed less on dragging the personal issues of the characters. The movie kicks off certainly nicely and loses its grip post interval however the climax acts as the saviour. Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is peppy but the songs are minimal which will leave you craving for greater band performances.
Farhan Akhtar has generally done intense roles up to now, his redemption for a mishap during the movie makes it seem as if the actor has not moved on from the likes of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘luck by risk’. No doubt, he acts properly but his grief-stricken expressions have now started to bore.
The character progression of Purab Kohli and Arjun Rampal within the story eight years later looks more natural and realistic. You will surely omit the presence of Prachi Desai and Shahana Goswami on screen as the two don’t have lot to do however they look adorable of their parts. Shradhha Kapoor is natural however could have completed much better in emotional scenes.
Shashank Arora has major scenes with Shraddha which he pulled off nicely. Despite the fact that the filmmaker attempted tough to in match as much as the standards set by Abhishek Kapoor in ‘Rock On’, he unfortunately failed in his attempt.
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