Dil Music Chahta Hai
Rock On is Bang On.
It captures a poignant story of four friends who came together with music and to create 'Magik'.
Well, ten years back they formed a group called Magik and won a contest held by CHannel V (good in-movie branding and integration to the plot). Things don't go as expected and they split.
Ten years later, they have their own lives and they hardly interact with the others. Aditya's (Farhan Akhtar)'s wife Sakshi, who has been leading a comfortable but unhappy life of a super successful investment banker, discovers her husband's passion and makes an attempt to re-unite the friends. Do they gel together? Do they bury the past? Do they create Magik?
The film lives up to your expectation.
The past life and the episode that rocked the four is shown is flashbacks (full marks to screenplay). The dialogues are a mix of thought-provoking and witty. Some of the moments have been created well and executed. The performances are A-grade. Cinematography is commendable but nothing extra-ordinary. The Sound-track, which is the back-bone of the film is daringly different and excellent. Shankar Ehsaan Loy had earlier composed outrightly different music in Johnny Gaddar last year and are in great form in this one. Special mention to the non-mainstream singers they used for the sound track. Even the extremely talented Shankar has refrained from singing in this movie.
The production design and editing is flawless.
The film has shades of Dil Chahta Hai (2001) (hence my chosen header) - a landmark movie in Indian Cinema (debut of Farhan Akthar and Ritesh Sidwani) and which made a great impact on all young film makers. DCH is a story of three inseparable friends, two of who (played by Aamir Khan and Akshaye Khanna) differ on a single thought and single moment. They decide not to communicate with each other. The third friend (Saif) tries being a mediator and eventually brings them together. Rock On follow the same story structure.
Rock On surely belongs to Farhan Akhtar. He excels in double debuts (acting and singing). As creative producers/directors, Farhan and Ritesh supports director Abhishek Kapoor to the hilt.
Of the cast members, ex-CHannel V colleagues, Purab Kohli (KD) and Luke Kenny (Rob) are excellent. Prachi Desai (Sakshi) (who makes a transition from TV Soaps and dance reality shows) to the Big Screen also shows sparks. Arjun Rampal (Joe) continues his good performances in non-leads roles (like Don and Om Shanti Om). Shahana Goswami as Joe's wife Debbie steals the show with her quiet showdown with Farhan on the night before the final show.
I sincerely hope that actors like Purab, Luke and Shahana get good roles from film makers to showcase their talent.
Lastly the person who deserves all the accolades is writer-director Abhishek Kapoor (aka Gattu) (btw he is actor Jeetendra's nephew, and Tushar and Ekta's cousin, who acted in a few films in the 90s and directed a forgettable film called Aryan). He has shown that Bollywood has a place for second time directors also. Last year another second time director Shimit Amin made Chak De India, which touched everybody's hearts. This year's Chak De is Rock On.
Finally, when the film ends, we see an appeal by the makers: Dont Download the Music, Buy the CD!
I have a small appeal as well : Don't watch this movie on Cable / Pirated DVD/VCD. Watch it only on the BIG screen (pun intended), your money will be worth it.
Performances - 5 / 5, Overall Rating - 4 / 5