Dil Kehta Hai, Rock On...
Surely, Rock On is about dreams, passion and friendship and not necessarily in that order. Life is what someone throws at you and how you sort it, organize things and move on depends totally on you.
Watch out for...the story moving back and forth effortlessly between the formation of band Magik by 4 friends and their current lives far away from each other. Aditya (Farhan) has achieved material success in corporate world, and living with his pretty wife Sakshi (Prachi) in their picture perfect apartment. He doesn't want to remember his past and has forgotten to smile. Kedar (Purab Kohli) has joined his father's business and settled for a normal life. Joe (Arjun Rampal) hasn't moved far in life and living on small jobs and his wife's small business income. Rob (Luke Kenny), though involved with music has settled for a level lower than his dreams.
The movie talks about regular things, which impact all of us, like how small incidents can cause rifts in friendship or any relationship. How, physical proximity need not make soulmates or people come close to each other. This creates a bond with the audience. Sometimes, circumstances can creat misunderstanding, which leads to conflict between people. There is a continuous struggle between creative freedom and commercial success.
All the 4 men have done well in their roles. Prachi has done well in her role, while Shahan Goswami (Debbie, Joe's wife) has delivered a good performance. Koel (Debika, Sakshi's friend) also supported well. Music, a critical aspect of the film, delivered by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is rocking, especially 'Rock On' and 'Tum to ho' is wonderful. Abhishek Kapoor makes a good comeback after Aryan.
The movie is almost flawless, though it may not have as much mass appeal as Don or even Dil Chahta Hai, the two earlier films Farhan Akhtar is remembered for. If you are in college, and you have a dream...you must watch it. If you have been in college few years back, had a close group of friends and followed something with passion, and not necessarily music, you wouldn't like to miss this movie. You may realize, that you have moved far away from where you wanted to be, and moved apart from people with whom you shared your lives and who were so much part of your growing up, hit the theatres this weekend for Rock On! Rock On is about second chance, when some people make the most of it, many are too scared to grab it with their two hands.