Farhan Akhtar does everything in style, from arriving in a scooter at Rock-On’s premier to acting & singing (well the voice is just OK) in the movie itself. Rock on is a story that so many of us can relate to our own lives; we all make comprises at some point in time and trade our dreams and passion for more worldly obligations, do we live each moment thinking about what we could have done or do we go out & relive our dreams.
Rock on is a story about 4 friends who are passionate about rock music, they go on to form a band called ‘Magik’. The band members are
a) Farhan Akhtar aka Aditya Shroff (lead vocalist… well this movie is his launching pad, after all)
b) Arjun rampal aka Joe (lead guitarist and a principled musician)
c) Luke Kenny aka Rob (keyboard player)
d) Purab Kohli aka Kedar Zaveri ( drummer and heir to a jewellery empire)
The band members are on the verge of landing themselves a big contract when it all crumbles and the band disintegrates due to issues amongst the friends. The friends go different ways with Aditya choosing investment banking as his career (hmm… really radical), Joe typifies rocks bands in india (unfortunately, getting nowhere), Kedar wastes his time at his father’s jewellery shop and Rob, the only one sticking to music. All the four individuals go about leading their lifeless lives until Aditya’s wife Sakshi aka Prachi Desai figures something is wrong with her husband, she goes onto discover Aditya’s past through a clutches of photographs and a chance meeting with Kedar, she sets out to reunite the band and getting the 4 individuals back to life.
First the positives; Music plays a big role in this movie and thus demands something extraordinary from the music directors, and the three musketeers of Bollywood movie – Shankar Ehsaan and Loy don’t disappoint, it’s lively and peppy. The roles of all the lead stars are well sketched, the screenplay is enough to keep the movie in good shape and the movie does have it light moments. The star cast do well in justifying their roles with the surprise package being Prachi Desai (having already proved her acting prowess in tinsel town serials like Kasautii Zindagi Kay and Kasamh Se) & Sahana Goswami. The director ‘Abhishek Kapoor’ also deserves a special mention for striking a chord with the audience through this movie.
On the negative side, the movie is a tad slow and sometimes drags a bit; this movie could have done with a few lighter moments as well. Overall this movie seems to have clicked with the audience but it would be interesting to see whether this movie stands its time outside the metros and multiplexes.