Rock On 2 quick movie review: Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor’s film tries hard to retain the charm of the original

Rock On 2

Rock On 2

Rock On 2 has been one of the most awaited movies of 2016 thanks to the fresh pairing of Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor and coz its a sequel to the 2008 hit Rock On. A lot of celebs like Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor have come out in support of Rock On 2. Our critic Sreeju Sudhakaran is watching the film at a multiplex right now and has sent us his first impressions of the film.

Sreeju says, “The sequel to Bollywood’s certified rock film is on. Magik is back, with most of its band members (Luke Kenny’s character is still sadly dead, though he appears in flashbacks). What remains to the be seen is that the old magic is still on, or if Rock On 2 turns out to be a needless sequel, especially since it is not directed by Abhishek Kapoor. The sequel, thankfully, doesn’t present an entirely new story a la Lage Raho Munna Bhai, but takes on from where the original has left. It has been eight years since the band performed Sindbad in a grand way. In the present day, Magik is no more a band following a harrowing incident, which has affected Aditya Shroff the most. He has left his business and band and have taken refuge in Meghalaya. He never wants to return to the world of band and songs. A chance encounter with music prodigy Jiaa (Shraddha Kapoor) changes his life forever.

Is Rock On 2 as good as the original? Till the intermission point, all we can say it tries very hard to retain the charm of the 2008 film. The actors have all performed capably, Shraddha Kapoor sings wonderfully and the glimpses of the old Magik (though in a really unnecessary song) do manage to make an impact. But the unnecessary drama and less than average music doesn’t keep you invested much in the proceedings. The movie needed a song like Woh Last Dino, but we have to be content with You Know What I Mean. The interval comes at a point when Magik learns that Jiaa’s past has a connection with theirs. Let’s hope the second half manage to do justice to this twist.”

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