Rock On 2 (2016) Movie Review
Now what’s the point of making a sequel to an overrated film which itself, became a sleeper hit eight years ago primarily for its songs rather than a story. Rock on 2 is a “zabardasti” sequel – a film which lacks a plausible script to take forward the memoirs of Magik band members. Worse, it is not a patch on the original even in terms of its music (Shankar Ehsaan Loy, what happened??). [Also Read: Shivaay (2016) Movie Review ]
Well, as things stand, Magik has disintegrated long ago. Joe (Arjun Rampal) has progressed to owning a live music club and hosting rigged reality shows. KD (Purab Kohli) is still trying to make a mark in the music industry while Adi (Farhan Akhtar) is living a self imposed reclusive life in Meghalaya after he holds himself responsible for a tragedy. Jia (Shraddha Kapoor), the latest addition to the band, is also battling her own demons on the domestic front. The guys come together to create rock again for a humanitarian cause.
Farhan Akhtar as Adi is competent enough to leave an impression. But his character’s guilt for suicide of a struggling musician is the screenplay’s biggest fallacy. Why does he feel responsible for it when any successful musician would get thousands of such aspirants flocking to him everyday?
Arjun Rampal, Magik’s own Slash, suits the role perfectly. After all, he had won his only National award for it in 2009. Shraddha Kapoor is strictly okey dokey. Prachi Desai from the prequel, gets just two scenes here. Shahana Goswami gets one. The normally reliable Kumud Mishra shocks with an OTT performance. [Also Read: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) Movie Review
Moreover, the writing is downright unsatisfactory. A rock concert by a defunct band in Shillong attracting so much of nationwide buzz and attention is unreal. The editing too, is wishy washy.
On the film’s few positives, the ‘Jaago’ song is superbly choreographed. The mesmerising Meghalaya may make you plan your next trip there. And Arjun Rampal talking music to his show contestant strikes a chord. The rest of Rock On 2 doesn’t.