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Movie Review: Rock On 2

Rock On 2Release Date:  November 11, 2016
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Prachi Desai, Shashank Arora
Director: Shujaat Saudagar
Genre: Drama, Music
Duration: 2 hours 23 minutes

After Rock On touched the right chords and acquired cult status in 2008, its sequel Rock On 2 is here to add an entirely new chapter in the lives of the dynamic, talented members of the legendary rock band, ‘Magik’. The movie is based on a new theme altogether and does not appear to carry any baggage of the past. Yet, the hope to come together and create music again persists, even as all the members of the rock band go through their respective trials & tribulations, trying to get over their guilt and find their true calling.

The story begins, as Aditya (Farhan Akhtar) encounters a terrible event in his life, which leaves him deeply disturbed. He loses his grip on life and is filled with guilt and sorrow. He travels to a remote place for some introspection and starts working on humanitarian projects. On the other hand, Joe (Arjun Rampal) has left his past behind and has become quite popular. He is rich, owns a posh club, and is a judge in a reality show, even though he essentially lives a life of mediocrity. Next is KD (Purab Kohli), who continues to dream about the day when they will create music again.

Good acting is a plus point for Rock On 2, especially when talking about Farhan, Purab and Arjun, who have performed remarkably well. A new addition to the cast is Shraddha Kapoor, who has also rendered a fine performance in her role as Jiah. Credit also goes to Marc Koninckx for his outstanding cinematography.

Creating a sequel that is equal to or better than its predecessor is a daunting task, something that can be seen in Rock On 2. The movie comes close, but it is not able to create the same level of interest among the audience. There are issues with the script, narration and most importantly, the music.

Overall, it looks like Rock On 2 is watchable, but certainly not as engaging as its predecessor.

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