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