I recently watched “Rock on”. I know that its kinda late cos’ the movie released a year back or sumthin’, who cares. I got a good feedback from friends who listen to good music, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Great storyline, script and acting. I think the movie is under-rated, but then, what would one expect anyway from a crowd feeding off ITEM NUMBERS and PHOREN DANCERS.
The movie starts with the Glory days of a band called MAGIC (Aptly named cos’ Arjun Rampal’s character creates magic with his hands, while Farhan Akhtar does the same with his voice!? I know!!). Then, reality kicks in with present day, each member busy with their own life, with a certain bad experience that left them crippled and broke the band apart.
Arjun, the lead guitarist, now runs a small music shop and performs at small gatherings. He has a kid now and is struggling to run his family with his wife, who was once a groupie of the band. Purab is an associate of some sort, not sure what. Anyways, Luke Kenny, the keyboardist and bassist, now makes jingles for commercials, with ANU MALIK, which he hates. Hehe.. And Farhan finally finished his MBA and now stuck in the corporate world, married to his job.
The reunion sowed its seeds when Purab happened to meet Farhans wife, who btw had no idea of her husband’s past, through a business deal involving her friend. She invited him and asked to get the gang along for Farhan’s Suprise B’day Party. And the REAL story begins.
The flashbacks were well thought-out. The reason for the break up was very real, the album contract, the record deal, the selling out of the band, the disagreement, the fight, the last words.. etc etc… It kinda reflects on the reason most bands break up, cos’ they eventually have to make a lot of compromises owing the record companies’ want to make the maximum profit. I think this is as real as any Bollywood flick would get. I think that budding musicians, at least in India where promotions are few and too far off, should watch this movie and see beyond the story. Because it is the simple disagreements that break bands apart, unmet promises, unfulfilled dreams and dying hopes. To really make it big in a country like India, and still be able to make the kind of music they want to make, THAT is a successful rock band.
I love music of any genre, but rock is ultimate because it stands against something and that is what makes it unique. I know our Local bands have a lot of talent, creativity and melody, Hell, I wouldn’t mind paying for their music if MP3s weren’t so damn convenient. Had it been the 90’s, I would’ve totally paid 45/- for a cassette. I just wish that with current advances in the internet and technology, we could use that to our advantage to showcase that potential to the world. If the NUMA-NUMA guy can get millions of viewers, why can’t our Rock-bands?