Saturday, September 13, 2008

My take on Rock On

The caption of this movie says 'Live your dream,' do we all? I have watched this movie twice ;-) I think that if you love rock music you will instantly like the movie as this is probably the first attempt to create a film on amateur rock bands. I did sometimes feel that the movie was 'inspired' by Jhankar Beats and of course Farhan Akhtar's directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai. To begin with the first half of the movie was a heavy dose of rock songs playing away one after the other in a gap of 5 mins each.

Rock On is a film about four friends, Luke Kenny, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli who come together to form their band, Magik. They are passionate bunch of people who are trying to get that big break which could change their lives. But that so-called break commands a heavy price and that sees the end of Magik. Almost. A decade later, when things have not exactly turned out the way they hoped would be, they meet again. Thanks to the efforts of Aditya(Farhan Akhtar)'s wife Sakshi (Prachi Desai), who in spite of being married to him for four years, had no inkling about his past, his creative talent and his friends. This film makes all of us retrospect about the compromises we make in our lives for a successful career and are never happy about it.

The music of Rock On has already hit the spot. And you have to watch the film to see how intelligently and sensitively the songs have been used for special moments, when words would never be adequate. There is a scene when Prachi comes back to Aditya, only to see him jamming once again with his rocker friends. It is a special moment, because for the first time in four years, she sees him smile, for the first time, he actually has let his guard down and welcomes her into his life, inviting her on his journey. And that's when one of the most beautiful love songs in the film, Yeh tumari meri batein.. takes over. My next favourite track is Phir dekhiye which come at the fag end of the movie. Apart from this the title track is rocking. The last ten minutes of the movie where Magik reunites and performs again, is a treat to watch and is very beautifully shot.

Farhan Akhtar looks, acts and sings a million bucks. 10/10 for his earnest attempt. Prachi Desai is a good break from the Size Zero mega glam super models who are lately 'gracing' the screen. Her style statement was subtle and classy. She looks great with her trademark 'Juice - Adhuna Akhtar' hairstyle. Purab Kohli is ever green and gives his best as always. Although I heard a lot of people around say that Arjun Rampal looked and acted the best I thought his character seemed like a total loser. Not taking a stance in life and not giving his best. His wife Debbie (Shahana Goswami) steals your heart with her earnst craving to stop working on her husband's fish business. I love the sceane in which she tries appying the moisturiser on her hand says whatever I try doing I cannot get rid of the smell of fish. To sum it up I'd like to say that Farhan Akhtar has kept the trust of his audience intact. He does not disappoint. It is an out and out multiplex film. We can watch a movie like this coz it tries to be different. Go for it !!

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