Rock On 2, directed by Sujaat Saudagar, is a sequel to Rock On!! released in 2008 which later on became one of the cult musicals for its songs and a refreshing tale. So, when Rock On 2 was announced one questioned its relevance and need in today’s time and age. A movie on rock music in 2008 seemed refreshing but this time, the director and the lead cast has nothing new to offer. Everything from the music to the storyline is quite unimpressive. Even a few songs which the movie has REFUSE to grow on you and then the filmmakers take refuge in creating ‘Rock On’ title track again coz you know, for the nostalgic value of it all.
The movie starts off exactly from where it left us five years ago. This time, the boys are a bit grown up with bigger issues to grapple with. Farhan Akhtar’s Aditya Shroff (who is the lead singer of their band Magik) has turn into a recluse and is living alone like in the awe-inspiring, quaint locales of Meghalaya cut off from the human world. His friend KD (Purab Kohli) has a sucessful recording business who is also the narrator of the movie. Joe Mascarenhas (Arjun Rampal) is still SEXY AF and a very successful reality show judge. Shraddha Kapoor’s character ‘Jia’ is introduced as a troubled soul who finds solace in music. She has daddy issues and a disturbing past to deal with. After much trepidation and efforts by KD these peeps come together to re-create the lost ‘Magik’ but do they succeed? Hell no. Shraddha has given it all to the role. She is a half decent singer but her acting abilities fail her especially in emotionally charged scenes. But yes, both Farhan and Shraddha share a chemistry throughout the movie, at times unwarranted. ALSO READ; Rock On 2 quick movie review: Farhan Akhtar-Shraddha Kapoor try really hard but fail to create any MAGIK!
The lead actors try hard to deliver but they are let down by shoddy script and a flimsy story-line. Also, in order to capture the ‘generation gap’ or map the crazy ‘Twitter/ social media’ influence, the director has goofed up with the plot. The crazy enthusiasm of youngsters mobilised by the social media portrayed in the movie is not believable and also trivialities grave issues of poverty and corruption rampant in the country. Yes, music binds all but the makers have not interwoven this concept with a strong plot and impressive music. So, the efforts falls flat and the message does not come across well. ALSO READ: Rock On 2 music review: Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Magik’ creates magic all over again!
Want to watch a movie this weekend? Please make do with Netflix. Rock On 2 is not even a one time watch. If you still want to, then please watch Rock On!! again coz trust me, the sequel has nothing new to offer you.