Producers: Sunil A Lulla, Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Director: Shujaat Saudagar
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arujan Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shashank Arora, Shraddha Kapoor, Shahana Goswami, Prachi Desai, Kumud Mishra
Music Directors: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
The Magik Band gets separated after 5 years due to a bad incident. Aditya (Farhan Akhtar) leaves Mumbai and his music career and works for local farmers in Meghalaya. Jo (Arjun Rampal) runs a nightclub and is a judge of a reality show. KD (Purab Kohli) still works in the music industry and hopes for Magik band’s reunion. Jiah (Shraddha Kapoor) comes as a new member of this band. Another bad incident happens, and the band reunites. What does happen then? Will Magik recreate their magic this time? Who is Jiah? What are those two horrible incidents, because of which the band’s future changes forever. To know answers, you have to watch ‘Rock On 2!’
Critic’s Conclusion- The prequel had become a cult movie among youngsters that time. But unfortunately, Rock On 2 has disappointed us in the terms of story and music. The director has chosen the weak storyline. The script is confused, contrived and directionless. It is the mishmash of various topics such as the conflict between Indian Classical Music and Western music, broken friendships, tensions between Husband-wife relationship, social cause etc. The director could concentrate on one topic at one time.
Also, Meghalaya’s sub track is looking forced. It seems this social cause issue has put unnecessarily in the movie. The movie goes haywire due to this track. The essence of rock music loses somewhere in the movie. It shows local corruption, politics, the status of local farmers in Meghalaya, but it depicts superficial and fake in the movie. What’s more, we can’t connect with protagonists’ emotions this time. The slow pace and the dull narrative are other loopholes, which distracts us easily from watching this movie.
Rock On’s music was an integral part of the movie. Its songs are still memorable among us. However, we can’t say the same thing about the sequel. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have disappointed this time. Is there any solo song which can we remember from the sequel? None!
Talking about performances, Farhan Akhtar has done an honest job as a depressed man. Arjun Rampal’s character is half-baked this time, who won the National award for the prequel. Shraddha Kapoor is amazing in acting as well as singing. Prachi Desai is ok. Purab Kohli, Shashank Arora, Shahana Goswami, Kumud Mishra are decent.
The Cinematography has captured Meghalaya beautifully. Dialogues are powerless. The editing is average.
All in all, The Magik band couldn’t create any ‘Magic’ this time. Skip it!