Eight years ago, Rock On!! created a magic with its songs and lyrics.
Maintaining the principal cast of Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli, debutant director Shujaat Saudagar attempt to recreate the same Magik as the first film had created back then. The film also includes two new actors- Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora- in the cast.
Story of Rock On 2
Post Magik reuniting in the last film, they start a talent management firm to promote new talent. After a young artist commits suicides due to negligence by Magik, the incident leaves the band in shock.
They once again part ways as Adi (Farhan Akhtar) moves to Meghalaya, leaving everything behind and starts working for the welfare of the locals there. Joe (Arjun Rampal) is now a reality show judge and owns a bar that plays live music.
KD (Purab Kohli) is still in the hope that there may be a chance for the band to reconcile. He gets a ray hope when he listens to a recording sent by Uday (Shashank Arora) which has Jiah’s (Shraddha Kapoorr) composition.
Movie review of Rock On 2
The script of Rock On 2 fails miserably at establishing anything. In an attempt to show the lead characters matured, what we get to see is another level of immaturity.
Adi’s escapist nature from at first leaving the band to becoming an investment banker to rejoining then again leaving and now becoming a hope for Meghalaya’s poor is appalling.
Jiah’s character seems completely lost and the forceful emotional elements attached to it don’t move you. Issues such as Jiah’s character having stage fright or Uday’s struggle as a Sarod player in the time of electronic dance music should have been focused on much more than Adi and his problems.
Overall, the mixture of music and Meghalaya’s poverty don’t at all blend in the film.
The only good elements include the turning point shown in Joe’s case. His working on a reality show is quite the apt future of any member from a failed band.
Farhan Akhtar as Adi gives a mediocre performance. Arjun Rampal had done a much better job in the prequel. Shraddha Kapoor’s tragic act of Jiah hits boredom quite early on. Shashanak Arora and Kumud Mishra are two good actors wasted in the movie.
Even music by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy is not so great.
My last word would be not to waste your money and time for Rock On 2 as it fails to create ‘MAGIK‘