Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rock On - the Farhan Akhtar movie

Rock On is a movie by Farhan Akhtar, and most people envisioned this to be another Dil Chahta Hain, after all, Rock On was also a story of friends (4 friends), who go through great bonding in life, and then split apart. However, this was a different movie. It has won great acclaim, and for many reasons. There are not too many movies made on a musical note, that too focusing on rock music. Lyrics for the movie were also great, the music was excellent; there were also some innovations such as the use of two parallel tracks in the movie that kept the viewer from learning some of the crucial facts of the movie till much later in the movie. An interesting touch was the use of Farhan Akhtar to be doing the singing as opposed to some industry singer.

Rock on (2008) (starring Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Ramphal, Prachi Desai)

The movie was written and directed by Abhishek Kapoor, with music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and starred mostly newcomers or unknown people - besides Farhan and Arjun, the movie introduced Prachi Desai (from the Hindi Serial, Kasam Seh), and also starred Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny, Prachi Desai, Shahana Goswami, Koel Purie and Nicolette Bird.
The movies takes off with these 4 people in middle life, all leading their own lives. They show the lives of Farhan (a successful finance professional, married to Prachi Desai, and well settled into the fast life), Arjun Ramphal (married to his sweetheart, but not having achieved much in life; his wife handles the household finances and is frustrated over his inability to make much of himself). In the younger track, there are 4 close friends (with their girlfriends) who are fond of music and form a band called 'Magik'. They decide to try out for a competition to make a music record, and qualify. However, when they see Aditya (Farhan) being favored over the others, and him not objecting, the angry Joe lashes out at the record director and Aditya and walks out - this breaks up their band and their friendship.
Aditya has become a successful investment banker now, after 10 years, but he is also cold, and his wife Sakshi (Prachi Desai) does not feel a comfortable relationship with him. She finds out about his old band (which he had hidden), and decides to call them for his surprise birthday party. However, his wounds are still there, and he remains uncomfortable. Sakshi knows not much about this, and is shocked. She feels that he is indirectly also rejecting her, that he has not got over his old wounds and this is hurting their relationship, and when he does not respond, she leaves him (while telling him that she is pregnant).
Aditya has an about turn, patching up with his old band (KD, Rob, and Joe) and being an active member along with them; this about turn brings Sakshi back. However, Joe is hiding all this from Debbie, and she is very angry when she finds out, since she has not forgiven Aditya for his treatment of Joe. They decide to enter another music contest, but when Debbie finds out about this, she is strongly against this, since Joe could join a ship and make a lot of money from working there. However, he ditches the taxi going to the airport and joins the band members at the contest, dedicating the song to Debbie. The gang sings their last song together, since Rob dies 2 months later from a brain tumour.
In the epilogue, rob has died, Sakshi delivered a child, KD and Joe start a company to promote new talent, and they all meet once a week.
The movie was different, but there were some chinks in the armour. There was no need for Rob to suddenly get brain cancer, the sudden reason for Sakshi to go away was not clear, the sudden change in Aditya was too sudden, and the ending seemed a bit forced. However, the acting seemed natural, and Prachi Desai made a nice entry, with a short role that allowed her to demonstrate many emotions.

Songs from the movie Rock On:

Tum Ho Tho

Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein

Pichle Saat Dino Mein

Socha Hain

1 comment:

Hindi Movies said...

Love this movie...
You are a star.