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Rock On!! (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 29 August 2008 (USA)
Four friends reunite to relive their moments of glory as a rock band.

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Abhishek Kapoor

Writers:

Farhan Akhtar (dialogue), Pubali Chaudhuri (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arjun Rampal ... Joseph 'Joe' Mascarenhas
Farhan Akhtar ... Aditya 'Adi' Shroff
Luke Kenny Luke Kenny ... Rob Nancy
Purab Kohli ... Kedar 'KD' 'Killer Drummer' Zaveri
Prachi Desai ... Sakshi
Shahana Goswami ... Debbie
Koel Purie ... Devika
Nicolette Bird Nicolette Bird ... Tanya
Sai Gundewar ... Bartender
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Supreet Bedi Supreet Bedi ... Contest MC
Vinod Bere Vinod Bere ... Domestic staff
Randolph Correia Randolph Correia ... Band #2 Performing in contest 2
Lindsay D'Mello Lindsay D'Mello ... Chakravyuh band
Suzanne D'Mello Suzanne D'Mello ... Singer in Jazz club
Terence D'Souza Terence D'Souza ... Band #1 Performing in contest 2
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Sakshi Shroff, the lonely and neglected wife of busy banking executive, Aditya, decides to give him a surprise on his birthday on July 22nd, but ends surprising him not once but multiple times. While Aditya is thrilled to know that both are going to be parents, and did appear surprised by the celebration, bitterness creeps in when he notices that Sakshi had also invited some ghosts (Rob Nancy and Kedar Zaveri) from his past. This gives rise to unpleasant memories involving a failed music group 'Magik' that he had associated with about a decade ago. Sakshi will soon find out why Aditya is displeased with her; why the music group broke up, ending in violence and acrimony especially between her husband and his former friend, Joseph Mascarenhas; why they cannot perform together ever again; as well as contemplate moving out and living with her mom. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

Live your dream

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

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Release Date:

29 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Играем рок!! See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Trivia

To give the film and its characters authenticity, the actors underwent personalized training for their portrayal of the band members. Purab Kohli trained with Lindsay D'Mello on drums, Arjun Rampal trained with Chandresh from the band 'Dream out Loud', Luke Kenny worked with Loy and Farhan trained with Shankar for vocals and Ehsaan for rhythm guitar. See more »

Goofs

When the group goes on to perform in the competition after reunion, Debbie asks Joe to take the job on the cruise. When they board the Taxi, Debbie asks Taxi driver to take them to Airport instead of Sea Port. See more »

Quotes

Rob Nancy: Really, man... sometimes, it feels as if it all happened in another lifetime... and sometimes as if, just yesterday.
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Rock On
Written by Javed Akhtar
Performed by Farhan Akhtar
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Rock On: Live your dreams, live your ambitions
3 September 2008 | by SparrowmaniacSee all my reviews

I had been waiting to see this movie ever since the promos and trailers hit the theaters. This is the first proper Indian rock band movie, and with a compelling star cast this was bound to be a joy to watch. And I was not disappointed. It was 140 minutes of pure fun. This is finally a movie where we don't have any catchy item numbers or some stupid unwanted songs. Its a movie about a rock band, so we have rock songs. Songs with guitar riffs, drum solos, and kick-ass vocals.

The story is quite simple. 4 college buddies dream big, they dream high. They want to form a band and become the next big thing in the upcoming rock culture. They do all that, against all odds, going against their careers their parents chose for them. But somewhere along the line, we have ego clashes amongst the band members, which results in the band breaking up, even before they released their first album. Years later, things have changed. But they make a last gasp reunion, and leave the stage on a high.

Whilst the story is critical, for any movie, its not something which is flashy. Its your regular story, one which you can expect out of a Bollywood movie. But the presentation makes the difference. Coupled with some wonderful songs and a brilliant background score, and some superb acting, Rock On! gives you a startlingly different flavor from the regular Bollywood masala movies. The acting has been overall brilliant, there were some patches were it was becoming evident that most of them are newbies in front of the camera, but we can bother to overlook that small mistake. Farhan Akhtar debut performance as the lead singer, Adi, the successful investment banker, the one with the flamboyant vocals, gives a brilliant performance. He is the protagonist of the story, and he controls the tempo of the movie.Add to that he has sung most of the songs himself.

Arjun Rampal, as the lead guitarist, Joseph "Joe" Mascarenhas is another complicated character. He is another central character to the story and he gives the movie far more credibility. He's this brilliant guitarist, who has rock in his blood. But he's financially insecure, and this results in his poor family background, his family's fishing business. He has a great sense of pride in his musical talent and like the forefathers of rock, he refuses to sell his pride. He refuses to play in pubs and clubs, and insists on playing for his own happiness rather than for cash, in spite of his family troubles.

KD,"Killer Drummer", he's the heart of the band. Purab Kohli, makes it a point to play the drums, and make an honest effort to look credible enough. He's the wacko junkie, with the weirdest possible fashion sense, like wearing a tie over a tee shirt to every gig. Like all others after the Magik era he's wasting away in his family business.

Last and definitely not the least Luke Kenny as Rob. He was the manager/keyboardist of the band. He organized gigs for them, and he was the one who became successful musically, recording with Anu Malik on small time jobs. And he was the one who brings the band together after 10 years, amidst tragedies.

Special mention must be made of Prachi Desai and Sahana Goswami. Both have been brilliant at the roles they have reprised. Prachi as Sakshi, the wife of Adi, and Sahana as Debbie, Joe's wife gives a superb performance. Especially Sahana, she did a brilliant brilliant job, portraying two very different characters in the two eras. The acting, the music, the camera work, has all been superb, excellent. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy bring forth their magic as the amazing music directors, so does Javed Akhtar with the catchy lyrics.

One negative aspect may be, that this movie is somewhat shortened. We could have explored certain characters more, but the makers probably thought to leave this at that, and not make the movie a bit more predictable. For example, Dalip Tahil as Adi's boss has basically just 2 scenes. And Nicollete Bird as the old flame of Adi is almost an extra. Those 2 characters could have been explored a bit. I'm sure there will be long deleted scenes in the DVD.

Apart from the brilliant music, the acting, and the character portrayal, the movie also follows a important message. To always follow your dreams and your heart. We see that with Joe, a financially insecure person, who leaves behind a job where hes guaranteed a large sum of money to play with his old band, to ignite his flame, his passion for playing on stage in a proper rock gig. We see Rob, who's dieing away slowly, to overcome all odds and play with his old buddies for one last time, on stage. And lastly KD, in his last lines, "I don't care what you fellows think. But I've been among your personal ego clashes for a long time, and I'm going out there on stage even if I have to drum all alone for 20 minutes, I'll do it." This movie might not appeal to the older audience who might shun this as a youth film. Yes, this movie is based on today's youth, but it carries a message which is universally applicable. It uses the rock culture to promote this meaning, this message. Kudos to Farhan Akhtar again for treating us to another delight. 10/10.


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