Rock On 2 Review

Rock On 2 starts off the period of sequels that is about to continue for the next month. It was a curious decision by the makers to bankroll this sequel considering the first part wasn’t highly profitable and neither does it have a cult status as such. People who saw it, liked it and then forgot about it. The promos of the sequel haven’t helped the matters either as nothing about this movie has caught on. Can it surprise then? Let’s see.

Story: After the first movie ended, the band Magik have once again drifted apart. Adi (Farhan Akhtar) now lives in Meghalaya and has a cooperative farming thingy to help the farmers there. Joe (Arjun Rampal) lives in Mumbai and judges a reality show. KD (Purab Kohli) makes jingles and hopes to bring together the band once again. When tragedy strikes in Meghalaya, Adi comes back to Mumbai. The band comes together again with two new members – Jia and Uday (Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora). But they all have demons which they want to conquer. Are they able to do it?

Screenplay and Direction: Shujaat Saudagar takes over the duty of direction from Abhishek Kapoor and badly fumbles in his attempt. The music which was so omnipresent in the original becomes a bystander in the sequel as the main characters come to terms with their own fallacies. Also, Farhan Akhtar’s character becomes the de facto lead of the movie whereas the original was a completely ensemble movie. Rock On 2 is slow, it stutters and it takes time to get into its own but it ends things on a good note and does not end up as a total wildfire.

One department in which Rock On 2 does better than the original movie is in the department of cinematography. Marc Koninckx shoots the scenic beauty of Meghalaya with great care and portrays the vivid beauty of the north east. The production design and costume design is good too. The concert scenes are not as organic as they were in the first part. This is in part due to the comparatively weak music. Rock On had a fantastic soundtrack and Rock On 2 has a below average soundtrack with no songs ending up as bonafide chartbusters.

Acting: Unfortunately the two actors who do the best work in Rock On 2, Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora, have the least to do in the movie. Shraddha channels her Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain roles and brings a mature subtlety to this part. Shashank Arora who was amazing in Titli and Brahman Naman continues his form and ends up becoming the Indian Pete Davidson. Farhan Akhtar is good, but there’s a sameness which has crept up in his acting recently. Arjun Rampal won a National award for Rock On and in this movie he shows that he has improved by leaps and bounds as a performer and as an actor. Purab Kohli is decent, Prachi Desai doesn’t have a lot to do, and Shahana Goswami is almost forced out of the sequel inspite of the fact that she was a true revelation in the first movie.

Conclusion: If you were expecting Rock On 2 to maintain the same essence of Rock On, then you should brace yourself for a few changes. The music here takes a backseat and the movie becomes a story about Farhan’s character rather than an entertaining ensemble movie. It takes a lot of time to set up the main story and get to its point, but the climax prevents this staid sequel from becoming a complete letdown. You can watch it for yourself and judge, or you can save your notes.

Pros:

  • Beautiful cinematography of Meghalaya
  • Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora
  • The production design is top notch

Cons:

  • The below average soundtrack
  • The chemistry of the ensemble cast goes cold
  • Film takes long to find itself
  • It is slow and stutters
  • The concert scenes are not as organic as they were in Rock On
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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9 Comments

  • Excel is having a bad year. First Raees was postponed, then BBD flopped, now Rock On 2 is a sureshot flop. Even Raees is clashing with Kaabil next year, and best case is 125cr. Their best chance is Gold with Akshay Kumar, and Zoya’s street rappers movie with Ranveer, though that may be far away.

  • No. of ATBB in 90s
    SRK-2(DDLJ, KKHH)
    Salman-3

    No. of BB/Superhits in 90s
    SRK-Darr, KA, DTPH, Pardesh=4
    Salman -Sanam Bewafa, KA, Biwino.1=3

    No. of record openers in 90s
    SRK-3(Trimurti, koyla, karan arjun)
    Salman-2(KA, Biwi no. 1)

    Versatility
    Salman-0
    SRK-Romantic plus Negative roles
    Aammir-Each and every kind of roles
    Aamir was vey consistent and he started ruling bollywood after 2006. SRK went thru a bad phase and Salman is always chasing SRK

    Aamir had been doing not so pan audience oriented films like Rangeela, AHAT, Mann. He was experimenting whereas Salman-SRK playing same BAKWAASH safe game. Once aamir did mainstream cinema he ruled

    Net box office collection doesnt matter. By that logic akki has highest-3000 crore
    Success ratio?? By that logic srk has highest whole career-55%. That doesnt matter
    What matters is consistency. Aamir is the king, does less films but forms clubs-100, 200, 300crore club
    I think SRK ruled 90s as aamir was doing unsafe multiplex oriented movies in 90s and aamir was doing less films.He was doing quality classics not usual craps

  • No. of ATBB in 90s
    SRK-2(DDLJ, KKHH)
    Salman-1-HAHK

    No. of BB/Superhits in 90s
    SRK-Darr, KA, DTPH, Pardesh=4
    Salman -Sanam Bewafa, KA, Biwino.1=3

    No. of record openers in 90s
    SRK-3(Trimurti, koyla, karan arjun)
    Salman-2(KA, Biwi no. 1)

    Versatility
    Salman-0
    SRK-Romantic plus Negative roles
    Aammir-Each and every kind of roles
    Aamir was vey consistent and he started ruling bollywood after 2006. SRK went thru a bad phase and Salman is always chasing SRK

    Aamir had been doing not so pan audience oriented films like Rangeela, AHAT, Mann. He was experimenting whereas Salman-SRK playing same BAKWAASH safe game. Once aamir did mainstream cinema he ruled

    Net box office collection doesnt matter. By that logic akki has highest-3000 crore
    Success ratio?? By that logic srk has highest whole career-55%. That doesnt matter
    What matters is consistency. Aamir is the king, does less films but forms clubs-100, 200, 300crore club
    I think SRK ruled 90s as aamir was doing unsafe multiplex oriented movies in 90s and aamir was doing less films.He was doing quality classics not usual craps

  • whether this film did good or did not at the box office.. I was interested to see it because I was quite sure that it’s a good film and nothing less than part 1. Saw it today, in fact it’s much better than my expectations.. a quality good film and as good as part one.. why it didn’t do well at the box office?!!!! I just don’t know. Shrada’s performance was one of the best. The film was good and didn’t lack anything.. in fact Rock On 1 was a bit slow, but this one was not at all and I enjoyed watching it.

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