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Rock On!! – Directed by Abhishek Kapoor

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normal_Rock20On20First20look-full;init_I am a big sucker for those ‘coming of age-breaking free-follow your dreams’ kinds of movie. That’s precisely the reason that I enjoyed ‘Rock On’ so much. And of course the great music helped. The story of four twenty somethings’ tryst with their own ambitions is inspiring and heart-warming.
The movie starts off in an abandoned basement with Rob (Luke Kenny), Aditya (Farhan Akhtar), KD ( Purab Kohli) and Joe (Arjun Rampal) setting up their music equipment.  There is trivial banter, a bit of leg-pulling and some awesome music. You are drawn in from the first take.  It’s not difficult to relate to a bunch of goofy guys sprouting smart one liners, making music on the go, living for a dream. You see faces of your friends in them. You feel young  and inspired.

The narrative goes forward to the present, ten years have passed, the band and the friendships broken.  The four are living clichéd lives that are far from what they had dreamed, their ambitions frustrated, their frustrations vented out on to the family. Aditya’s wife’s despearate attempts to bring happiness into her husband’s life makes for a chance reunion for the foursome. They find some more reasons to perform together. The movie goes back and forth , unraveling the reasons for the band’s split up. The story is simple, un-original and yet it makes you feel for the characters.

The main appeal of the movie is that it appears to be real, the characters are not over the top and you can empathize with them.‘Rock on’ is Farhan Khan’s acting and singing debut and he is brilliant. Arjun Rampal perfectly plays the part of the talented loser and his performance is very well supported by Shobhana Goswami. You instantly empathize with a wife who is caught between the practical realities of life and has no time or patience for her husband’s dreams. Prachi Desai is convincing in the role of a rich socialite though the acting is a little rough around the edges. Purab & Rob also fit their roles well.

Verdict: Must Watch

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Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “Rock On!! – Directed by Abhishek Kapoor

  1. A very innovative concept that Bollywood could come up after a long time! but it so reminds me of the Beatles story. The music is great though.

  2. Hmm…Beatles huh? Well Beatles were much bigger and lasted much longer. Do you remember the movie by Tom Hanks “The Wonders” I think? It is really much closer to that – atleast for the first half.

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