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Movie: Rock On!!
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny, Purab Kohli, Prachi Desai, Sahana Goswami, Koel Puri
8 reasons why you SHOULD reserve the best seats for this movie:
1. A rocking plot- the 4 members of the band Magik- Aditya (Akhtar), Joe (Rampal), Rob (Kenny), and KD (Kohli) break up and come together after a decade…and then they get another chance. The second half of the movie revolves around how they deal with the hurdles that come across their path.
2. The storyline is definitely hat-ke (different)…after the make-beliefs-in-multiplexes this year we seriously needed something that struck a chord.
3. 2 hours of rock music, man!!
4. The Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio have kept the ‘Magik’ alive. The background music score suits the theme. Choosing the best songs is out of the question.
5. The casting is to the T. Farhan has proved that he can direct, produce, act, AND sing, Rampal looks like the NXg Jose Walsh of Eagles fame, Luke’s donned the role of a quite, shy, talks- less background musician, and Kohli plays a cheerful, happy guy, whose jokes are sometimes not-that-amusing (mark my word, only SOMETIMES).
6. The supporting ladies- Desai, Puri, and Goswami have done justice to their characters.
Desai has a small but pivotal role, and Goswami plays the role of a supportive wife with élan.
7. How many musicals have you seen in Bollywood?
8. Rock On!! is extremely true-to-life. It shows, very effectively, the thin line between friendship and rivalry. It’s not superficial, not preachy, and only sort-of predictable. Everyone can relate to it. Abhishek Kapoor has concluded the story splendidly. It has mate-ship, melody, and morals- all in a healthy blend.
This is one more write-up that adds to its list rave reviews. Guys, you have no choice but to watch it.
Vrindaa S., Std IX, Pon Vidyashram
Bottomline: clichéd. Not as good as everyone says
First thing i would say about the movie is that technically, it was brilliant. The art direction is just stellar and the background score is remarkable. As a normal film, it is good. Not bad. But as a film on rock n roll in India, well…it was bad. I appreciate Akhtar’s effort to support Indian rock but he should have understood the scene here before going out and making it.
The film’s story is awesome. When the film ends, one cant help but to wonder how good the movie could have been. They tried to make the film inspiring and touching like Chak De India but ultimately it fell flat. The film is not interesting at all. In fact it is pointlessly long and boring.
The plot is about the lives of the members of a nineties Indian band called Magik (oh come on! You can be more creative than that!), who lead different lives ten years after disbanding. After Aditya’s (Farhan Akhtar, lead singer of Magik) wife finds out about his musical past she persuades him to get back with his old friends to bring the old days back. Well, the “magik” is not felt.
If you are a real rock fan or a rock musician in a band, you will NOT enjoy the film. The songs are great though. The background score is amazing. Very beautiful mellow guitars and piano backed by superb bass lines. And there is no bassist in the band. The film makers tried too hard to replicate what Cameron Crowe did with his landmark rock film Almost Famous. Better luck next time.
Shiva Nallaperumal, XII, Bala Vidya Mandir
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