Movie Review : Rock On

Rock on is a beautiful story about friendship, love, and music. The intro of the movie is similar to that of a song, which gives the audience the idea that the movie is going to be as good as the intro. The realistic musical performance also shows the closeness the band mates have.

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Directed By: Abhishek Kapoor

Produced by: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani

Written By: Farhan Akhtar

Starring: Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar, Prachhi Desai, Purab Kohli, Koel Puri, Nicolette Bird, Sahana Goswami.

Music By: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

A Brief Plot:

Rock On starts with 4 friends KD, Aditya, Joe, and Rob, who are also in a band called Magik, jamming in an old house, where KD(Purab Kohli) is the drummer, Aditya(Farhan) is the singer/guitarit,Joe(Arjun) is the lead guitarist, and Rob(Luke Kenny) is the keyboardist of the band. They decide to enter a contest organized by esteemed TV network in India, Channel V, such that they could win the album contract. They enter the contest and win. However, Aditya’s signing of the album contract knowing some things were against the band’s principles, made Joe a little upset and angry. On the video recording session, Joe shows his dissatisfaction and hits the band’s music director which leads to a fight between Joe and Aditya. Joe in anger , leaves the band and takes his girlfriend Debbie(Sahana Goswami) with him.
The movie then jumps to 10 years ahead where all 4 have taken separate paths. Aditya is a corporate businessman, Joe runs a music shop and is married to his girlfriend Debbie who runs a small fish business, KD has joined his father’s jewelry business, and Rob creates music for TV shows, advertisements, radio, etc.

When Aditya’s wife, Sakshi (Prachi Desai) , coincidentally comes to know about her husband’s past musical life through KD while visiting their jewelry shop to buy gift for Aditya for his birthday, she firstly thinks that KD was a random guy who has mistaken Aditya for someone else. Then while cleaning her room one day, she comes to find out old pictures of Aditya and video tapes which consisted of pictures of when Aditya was in the band. She tries to surprise Aditya by inviting his band mates. When KD and Rob show up to the birthday party, Aditya gets a little shocked. When they try to get him and the band together once again, he refuses thinking it’s way too much for him now after what happened between him and Joe. Aditya gets angry and shows his frustration to his wife Sakshi. Sakshi gets upset that he wasn’t happy and she wanted to let him know in that moment of happiness that she was expecting a baby.

 

The next day, Sakshi leaves home and goes to stay at her mother’s house. When Aditya is convinced by Sakshi’s friend, and Joe is confronted by Rob that they should stop acting like a child and leave what’s behind and leave things in good terms, they all meet in their old hangout spot. While Rob, KD and Joe are jamming along, Aditya shows up and makes up with Joe. They all decide to go back to Aditya’s house and make music once again. When heard about a contest, they once again decide to enter as Rob convinces them to do so saying it might be the last time they could ever be on stage together. When they are invited to the pre-contest party, everyone else show up but Rob. Aditya meets his ex-girlfriend and resolves their awkwardness. The same night, the band discovers that Rob is suffering from brain cancer and doesn’t have too long to live. On the other hand, Debbie arranges a cruise job for Joe which could be good for their financial situation. Joe is unable to appear on the show on the contest day.

The band performs without Joe. But when Joe hears his song being played on the show broadcasted on the radio on the taxi he was taking to leave the city,he gets out to play along with his band mates. 3 months after the show, Rob passes away. They all meet every weekend and make music, hang out together. Aditya and Sakshi have a baby boy who they mane after Rob.

How I Percieved Rock On

Rock on is a beautiful story about friendship, love, and music. The intro of the movie is similar to that of a song, which gives the audience the idea that the movie is going to be as good as the intro. The realistic musical performance also shows the closeness the band mates have.

When Farhan Akhtar signs the contract without any second thoughts, it shows that he is a man who thinks opportunities might not knock twice. Thus he seizes the moment. But like many others, he gets carried away by fame and popularity and doesn’t abide by the rules of the band and brotherhood.

The feud between Farhan and Arjun is very realistic in my opinion. Situations as such might occur between two friends who are in their situation. Also the way they made up was very mature. They both let go of the past and became friends again, just how real friends break up and make up again.

This movie is an acting debut for Prachhi Desai and Farhan Akhtar, both of whom has shown exceptional performance.

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is exceptional as every beat and tune matches the movie accurately. Also Farhan’s singing debut shows a great dedication of him towards acting. Furthermore, Arjun Rampal’s actual guitar playing in the movie also shows a great promise in the movie. The screenplay is also quite interesting as it leaves the audience thinking what might have happened in the cast’s lives. The movie is best suited for audience with a musical taste. Although any general audience will enjoy the movie.
It has left with a message that life is short, friendship lasts longer and sometimes you have to let your heart lead your way. Never live a life that you don’t want to live. Finally, it tells us that at times, we must do what we want to do instead of what we should do.

Rating:

The overall analysis and me being a musician myself, allows me crediting 4 out of 5 stars to the movie.

At last, one can said to be that Rock on is a beautiful story about friendship, love, and music.