A movie with Farhan Akhtar, the comparisons with ‘Dil Chahta hai’ are inevitable and there indeed are similarities. It’s a story of friends who were inseparable in college are share a special bond until misunderstandings & circumstances drifts them apart…only to be reunited years later to discover that the initial glitches, the ‘magik’ between them is still alive… So, yes the story line is somewhat similar but the treatment is totally different. Rock On has a more mature feel to it and the emphasis is more on the ups & downs of their friendship & the common connecting chord between them – their love for music…
For me, the real winner of the movie is the music. Kudos to Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy & the director for making a movie with the central theme as rock music which isn’t soo popular in India, but they have done full justice to it. For the first time, have heard some really good bollywood Indian rock music.
About the movie, it’s high on emotions & all the actors have delivered a brilliant performance. Their transition from college going rock stars and then ten years later as 30 something men is very believable. Farhan Akhtar is truly a rock star and has understandably got the maximum mileage in the movie. Acting-wise, he doesn’t disappoint at all and his portrayal of the brooding investment banker in search for the missing link in his life (his music) and the subsequent happiness he gets with it has been beautifully depicted. He sings really well & you cant help but sing along with him while watching the movie. The fact that he has sung all his songs adds to the rock star persona.
Arjun Rampal is convincing as a guitarist and has delivered a very mature performance. Purab provides the lighter moments in the movie and Luke Kenny plays the supporting role well.
The central theme…its all about following your dreams & believing in them, for that’s where the real happiness lies.
Probably the only flaw in the movie is that it moves to & fro between the past & the present very quickly & initially it takes time to adjust & understand the present & the flashback sequences…but once adjusted, it’s a treat & a must watch for all MoLos (movie lovers… :) )