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Rock On 2 is a 2016 Bollywood musical drama film directed by debutante Shujaat Saudagar and produced by Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani. It is the sequel to hit 2008 musical drama Rock On. Shraddha Kapoor is the newest addition to the sequel who has joined the previous star-cast including Farhan Akhtar,Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli and Prachi Desai. The movie released on 11th November 2016 and it received critical acclamations from the critics. The movie’s cast also includes Shashank Arora, Shabana Goswami and Kumud Mishra.
In the movie, actress Shraddha Kapoor is seen as the lead opposite Farhan Akhtar in the film. The movie is not a love story between them but it showcases the friendship between the rock band team members. Shraddha is the band's newest member who sings along with Farhan and others. Rock On!!! Released in 2008 was famous for its songs and soundtrack. Rock on 2 also gained critical acclamation for its music and soundtrack. The film's accompanying soundtrack on the film is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Akhtar and Kapoor sang all parts of their respective songs. The soundtrack was as pivotal as the script according to Saudagar. They didn't want just a few hit songs so Shankar composed the music side-by-side when Chaudhuri was working on the script. The soundtrack also features music from Shillong-based band Somersault. The cast of the movie includes Farhan Akhtar as Aditya Shroff, Arjun Rampal as Joseph "Joe" Mascarenhas, Shraddha Kapoor as Jiah Sharma, Prachi Desai as Sakshi Shroff, wife of Aditya Shroff, Purab Kohli as Kedar Zaveri/Killer Drummer, Shahana Goswami as Debbie Mascarenhas, wife of Joseph Mascarenhas, Shashank Arora as Uday and Kumud Mishra as Jiah's father. A major part of the film has been shot in Meghalaya and Mumbai. Since the script demanded picturesque locations with lots of mountains, Ritesh Sidhwani chose Shillong its adjacent places in the state of Meghalaya to be the ideal locations. Sidhwani visited the state in February 2016 for scouting filming locations. The film was initially set to take place in Himachal Pradesh. By August 2015, the whole cast and crew had arrived in the city to begin production. Farhan mingled with the people in the villages in order to understand their way of life. In October 2015, Kapoor flew to Mumbai after an internal injury in her eye – an unknown object flew into her eye which caused a scratch on her cornea. After her treatment, she returned back to the city the same month to continue filming. In June 2016, while shooting a live concert sequence, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli got into a major fight due to creative differences which resulted in the shooting getting stalled for nearly an hour. The incident took place at the Gateway of India in Mumbai where the film was being wrapped with a song shoot. Farhan Akhtar – who at first was oblivious to the upheaval situation – when heard about the incident met the two men in their respective vanity vans and was able to calm them down. The shoot then resumed thereafter and went on smoothly with all three actors returning to the stage
The film was released in theaters in India on November 11, 2016. The film was passed with a UA certificate by the CBFC with almost no cuts. On November 8, three days before the film's release, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country's two currencies of Rupees 500 and 1000 would be demonetized from the next day onwards as a means to counter fake currency and exterminate black money and corruption. This would mean that it would not be possible for patrons to purchase tickets from box office using the old notes until Thursday, November 10, when new 500 and 2000 notes will be issued. Ticket buyers would also sway away from buying tickets due to limited sources of money and from the other available option of purchasing tickets, via online, since a 'convenience fee' is charged for such method. In order to curb this problem, the film partnered with theater chain PVR Cinemas where ticket buyers will be able to evade paying convenience fees on the company's website and app respectively. The release dates were almost postponed following the demonetization of the said currencies as it would have caused hindrance and limit the purchase of tickets by patrons. However, this decision was later scrapped since the film had already been released in Gulf and such decision would lead to piracy. The film got released on 11th November across 700 screens and it is reported that the movie earned approximately 38.96 crore rupees and it was able to receive an above average start and one of the reasons for above average start is because of the demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee note by the Indian government. The movie received critical acclamations and the music and soundtrack of the movie received mixed reviews by the critics.
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