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Rock on!!

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbhishek Kapoor
Produced byFarhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani
Screenplay byReema Kagti
Story byAbbas Tyrewala
StarringArjun Rampal
Shahana Goswami
Farhan Akhtar
Prachi Desai
Purab Kohli
Koel Purie
Luke Kenny
Nicolette Bird
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographyJason West
Editing byDeepa Bhatia
Distributed byExcel Entertainment
Reliance Big Pictures
Release date(s)August 29, 2008
Running time145 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box officeINR30.46 crore (US$5.51 million)
 
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Rock on!!

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbhishek Kapoor
Produced byFarhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani
Screenplay byReema Kagti
Story byAbbas Tyrewala
StarringArjun Rampal
Shahana Goswami
Farhan Akhtar
Prachi Desai
Purab Kohli
Koel Purie
Luke Kenny
Nicolette Bird
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographyJason West
Editing byDeepa Bhatia
Distributed byExcel Entertainment
Reliance Big Pictures
Release date(s)August 29, 2008
Running time145 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box officeINR30.46 crore (US$5.51 million)

Rock On !! is a 2008 Indian rock musical film written and directed by Abhishek Kapoor, produced by Farhan Akhtar, and with music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The film marks the successful Bollywood debut of Farhan Akhtar and Prachi Desai.

Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar, Luke Kenny, and Purab Kohli star as members of the Mumbai-based grunge rock band, "Magik" (formed in 1998) who reunite in 2008. The winner of seven Filmfare awards, Rock On was critically acclaimed but had an average performance at the box office. The cast of Rock On was featured on the cover of the September 2008 issue of Rolling Stone (India).[1] Its screenplay has also been added to the Academy Film Archive.[2]

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Plot

Rock On begins in Mumbai, with the rock band "Magik" in 1998. Aditya Shroff (Farhan Akhtar) is the lead singer who rebelled against his well to-do family to play music. Joseph (Joe) Mascarhenas (Arjun Rampal) is the lead guitarist who feels he has to prove his worth as a musician. Rob Nancy (Luke Kenny) and Kedar Zaveri or KD/"Killer Drummer" (Purab Kohli) comprise the remainder of the band. They are in their early twenties, young, wild and carefree, and only think about succeeding in the music business. After a competition is announced, specifically for Indian rock bands, to be organised by Channel V, they decide to enter it as the winner will be offered a contract for an album and at least one music video.

While they win the competition, they must make a number of compromises when signing the contract. This creates tension within the band. Joe feels the most slighted as his song is not included (making way for a remix of a random wedding song to capitalise on the upcoming "wedding season"). In addition, his girlfriend, Debbie (Shahana Goswami), an aspiring fashion designer, is rejected as the band's stylist. Later, when the cameramen focus solely on Aditya during the filming of the music video, Joe becomes furious and lashes out at Aditya before marching out of the studio with Debbie. Aditya, who had failed to notice anything was amiss, is shocked and decides to leave as well. He packs his stuff, writes a note breaking up with his girlfriend Tania (Nicolette Bird), and leaves for Delhi. "Magik" thus disbands and its members, once the closest of friends, become estranged from each other.

Ten years later, the four meet again through a series of coincidences. Aditya is now a high-powered executive with an investment banking firm. He has become cold and unfeeling. His wife Sakshi (Prachi Desai) feels hurt and confused by his behavior. Hoping to make him happy, she decides to plan a party for his birthday. While buying a watch, K.D. (who is now working for his father's jewellery business) overhears Sakshi talking about Aditya and wonders if it is his now estranged friend. He introduces himself and leaves his name with her. Sakshi later conveys the meeting to Aditya who denies knowing K.D. When Sakshi finds a box filled with "Magik" photos, she realizes Aditya was lying and invites K.D. to the birthday party.

K.D. meets up with Rob (who now makes a living composing jingles for advertisements) and they go together to invite Joe. Joe is largely unemployed, performing occasionally at weddings. He has an eight-year-old son, and the family is largely supported by Debbie, whom he has married, and who runs his family's fish business. Debbie (who still holds a grudge against the band for what she perceives as their ill-treatment of Joe) sends K.D. and Rob away and discourages Joe from staying in touch with them.

K.D. and Rob thus attend the party without Joe, greatly surprising Aditya who is shocked to see them there. Aditya is angered by their presence and chastises Sakshi for inviting them. She retorts by telling him that all she wanted was to see him happy, especially now that they are having a child . She leaves for her mother's house, saying that she cannot have a relationship anymore with a man who won't let her in. The next day, Aditya goes to Sakshi's friend, Devika (Koel Purie), for advice. She tells him to stop running away from his past, so he decides to meet his ex-bandmates at the basement. Joe is also there. He shakes hands with Aditya, wishes him a belated birthday and the band's differences seem to have been resolved. They start practising regularly at Aditya's house. Learning about this, Sakshi also returns home.

Soon, another contest hosted by Channel V is announced, and at Rob's insistence, they enter themselves. Debbie, who is adamant that Joe get a regular job, arranges for him a guitar-playing job on a cruise liner, but the ship is to sail on the same day as the contest. When it is discovered that Rob has a brain tumour and his last wish is to perform with "Magik" one last time, Joe's choice becomes very difficult. Debbie insists that he go for the job, especially as their financial situation is so bad and they have a son to bring up. The contest is aired on the radio, and while Joe is in the taxi on the way to the airport with his family, he hears "Magik" play the song he wrote for Debbie so long ago, and dedicate it to him. He leaves the taxi and goes to the concert, reaching just as the song ends. On seeing him, the band immediately perform another song, which turns out to be their last together onstage.

The short epilogue reveals that Sakshi gives birth to a baby boy, named "Rob" as a memorial to their friend who died two months after Magik's final performance. Devika is dating K.D., who starts a record company with Joe. Debbie becomes a successful stylist. The band members and their families meet at least once a week.

Cast

Response

Box office

Despite critical acclaim, the film only grossed about INR30.46 crore (US$5.51 million) domestically; Box Office India labeled it as an "average grosser".[3] Overseas the film was a huge failure grossing just 1 crore nett.[4]

Critical reception

Rock On was well received by a number of critics. Subhash K. Jha (film critic and author of The Essential Guide to Bollywood) gave Rock On a rave review. He states: "Seldom has a film blended the music of life into the fabric of a film with such seamless expertise. Rock On!! is that rarity where every component character and episode falls into place with fluent virility."[5] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave it four stars and argued, "if you really want to see how Bollywood has matured and come of age, then here's the perfect litmus test. For Rock On is a film that not only breaks new ground in terms of its subject matter — now when has desi movielore ever tackled something akin to Hollywood's That Thing You Do — it creates a whole new EQ (emotional quotient) for mainstream cinema."[6] Khalid Mohamed, of the Hindustan Times gave the film three and a half out of four stars and describes it as "hard candy." He also states that "the performances are of the highest order".[7] Manish Gajjar of the BBC gave Rock On!! four out of five stars and describes it as "an enthralling watch, with entertaining moments to make you smile. Predicted to be a cult movie for many years to come, it truly deserves the Bollywood awards this year! A must-see whether you are a rock fan or not!"[8] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave Rock On!! four out of five stars and states: "Put your hands together for one of the finest films of our times. Put your hands together for a director who pulls off a challenging subject with élan. Put your hands together for the actors who pitch in superlative performances."[9] Kaveree Bamzai of India Today called Rock On "refreshing" and "surprisingly quiet and thoughtful."[10]

Other critics gave the film mixed reviews. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film three out of five stars and states: "With Rock On, director Abhishek Kapoor promises a true-blue band film, but ultimately delivers a masala Hindi film that just happens to be about a band [...] Yet, Rock On is rescued by some marvelous moments that stay with you until the end."[11]

Awards

2009 National Film Awards[12]

2009 Filmfare Awards

2009 IIFA Awards

2009 Star Screen Awards

Others

Soundtrack

Sequel

After the success of Rock On, a sequel was announced but has not yet begun production. As of early 2010, director Abhishek Kapoor had no concrete plans for the sequel.[12] However, he has confirmed that he plans to make a sequel to Rock On. Farhan Akhtar and Arjun Rampal are returning for the sequel since they have been keen on starting the sequel since 2008. Priyanka Chopra may star as the female lead in the sequel.[14] The film is yet to begin production.[15] Sequel will also see Sharman Joshi as band's fourth member, to replace the character of Luke Kenny, who dies in the first installment.The music will be composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,with Lyrics by Javed Akhtar.[16]

References

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  2. ^ "After Heroes, it's Rock On to make it to the Oscar Library". Screenindia.com. 2008-11-26. http://www.screenindia.com/news/after-heroes-its-rock-on-to-make-it-to-the-oscar-library/390910/. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
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  6. ^ Nikhat Kazmi, Aug 29, 2008, 09.49pm IST (2008-08-29). "Rock On!! review: Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/moviereview/msid-3423303,prtpage-1.cms. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Rock On!! review". Hindustan Times. 2008-08-29. http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=NLetter&id=13330bee-ed38-419b-8136-94ec16c35149&Headline=Review+EMRock+OnEM. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  8. ^ Rock OnReview by Manish Gajjar (2008-08-29). "Rock On!! review". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/content/articles/2008/09/05/bollywood_reviews_rock_on_feature.shtml. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Rock On!! review". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/review/13782/index.html. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Ear Candy—Rock On!!". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 2008-09-05. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&issueid=115&id=14584&Itemid=1&sectionid=27&secid=. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Rock On!! review: CNN-IBN". Ibnlive.in.com. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/masands-verdict-rock-on-rocks--wanted-is-good-fun/72473-8-single.html. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  12. ^ a b "Rock On!! 2 has to wait, it’s The 3 Mistakes of My Life for now" Hindustan Times. March 16, 2010.
  13. ^ Rock On!! Awards
  14. ^ "Priyanka Chopra to play lead in the sequel of ‘Rock On!!’". Zee News. 2010-09-08. http://spicezee.zeenews.com/articles/story70483.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  15. ^ "A Sequel to Rock On?". Mumbai Mirror. 27 January 2010. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/A-Sequel-to-Rock-On/articleshow/5501623.cms. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Sharman Joshi in Rock On sequel". The Times of India. 27 September 2011. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Sharman-Joshi-in-Rock-On-sequel/articleshow/10136809.cms. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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