wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?)
What's done well is done pretty neatly, what's not is pretty average, even mediocre. And yet, the entire set-up kind-a, sort-a works.Read more
Rock On!! brought a warmth with the way it was told. It resonated with what we know – some relationships are worth wading through the tiffs. And sure the same story can be made into another movie. But, with the same background, the same characters and actors? I am not so sure it won't feel stale.
As is usual with stories that have been told over and over again, Rock On 2 will also have to bank on “how” the narrative unfolds. The dialogue and the situations. The trailer reeks of “same ol', same ol'” with Farhan Akhtar's character egging Shraddha Kapooor's character on to perform on stage. Will it then be a story of the latter's coming of age. I would welcome that one, even if it is nothing new.
The other aspect of Rock On and thus other expectation from Rock On 2 is good music. With lukewarm responses to the music in general, and adverse reaction to Farhan Akhtar's voice, I hope the music isn't a sign of things to come. Rock On felt fresh because it was sort-of the first time around, Rock On's music felt fresh because Farhan Akhtar's voice was different. Now, the same voice sounds overdone and stale. Hope we don't have to say the same for the film.
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
BollySpice - “3.5/5”
FirstPost - "A soundtrack like Rock On 2, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, should be boasting of stellar vocals. But what we get, instead, is washed down (courtesy Akhtar), forced album in the name of rock."
glamsham – "3.5/5"
India today - "Shraddha Kapoor, the singer, is the revelation of Rock On 2's soundtrack."
Live Mint - "Rock On 2’s use of rock music is fairly cosmetic and afraid to do anything new"
Milliblog – a 200-worder that ends with "Despite Farhan’ish vocal shortcomings, the trio keeps Rock On 2 rocking."
Music Aloud – "3/5"
Times of India - "3/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Usually when a film mixes genres and/or issues, it gets annoying because it doesn't manage to do justice to any one of them and spreads itself thin. Rock On 2 however, manages to subtly touch upon many a point relevant to the world we live in today. Now, if only its writing didn't rely so heavily on coincidences and a generally sloppy plot.
Rock On 2 shows glimpses of both urban and rural dystopia. One corrupted by consumerism among other things and the other by corruption itself. The disconnect between the two worlds can be felt when Adi (Farhan Akhtar) visits Mumbai after a long hiatus from the city. He seems to immediately long for the world he got out of, even if he left it when it was in dire straits. The universal societal issue of generation gap is touched upon too, even if it has a rather unsatisfying climax. And of course, there is friendship and the strains that a true friendship can wade through.
As you'd imagine there is no respite from seriousness, as hard as KD (Purab Kohli) might try. Rock On 2 has a very intense air about it. So glum are three out of the four leads through the film, that you barely get a smile out of them - other than maybe in a flashback, which makes it sorrier because now, you too wish their past returned unbroken.
The transitions from one thread to the other are seamless. Thus it doesn't feel like the writers have taken on a lot and aren't able to be fair to any one sub-plot. This doesn't make the use of voiceover from start to finish or the ridiculous coincidences any easier to digest. Also, despite the seamless switches, the film has uneven writing.
For example, the parts that sew the first part to this sequel are written well. For a change, a sequel feels like a sequel – characters have aged and grown up and yet they give you a sense of “nothing has changed”. On the other hand there are those jerks in story-writing that the smooth screenplay covers up for. Efficient direction tries to mask some of these shortcomings, but in that attempt, the film becomes a little too long. Individual scenes/sequences linger on a little longer than needed thus reducing the effect and increasing the length. This also makes the film seem like it wants to say something, make a point, in every minute of the film, instead of just telling a story.
For a film that relies heavily on music, the music is well below average. The songs of course, appear more or less randomly, the music they are set to doesn't have a punch or repeat value. The lyrics of “woh jahaan” are worth looking up again, but the rest of the songs seem to have taken the beaten path. The grand climax starts of well, but loses steam till Magik takes stage. Interestingly, the finale does make you feel like you are at the rock show but it is not shot half as well as “jaago”.
Also, it is ironical that Farhan Akhtar's voice as a singer was heard so often during the film, despite it being so flat. Shouldn't a better singer have gotten a chance for playback? His character, Adi is right though, their band, Magik does need a new lead singer.
The actors all do well even if they are at the borderline of looking like they are trying a little too hard to be casual, serious, anxious, morose and so on. But it can pass. Even Arjun Rampal does his bit convincingly. It is nice to see Shashank Arora on this stage even if he's playing a character who seems to be lost – it gets a tad repetitive but will do till his next film. Shraddha Kapoor has a lovely voice and I wish we had heard more of her in the film. In the acting department, not a lot is demanded from her and she takes that load well.
In fact, there's this one scene that has little to do with her but it tugs at your heart. The events around her shock you and you see it reflected in her reactions. There is this other scene with Arjun Rampal reacting in a similar way and you sense a lump in your throat. Who would have thought he could have that effect on you.
There are a few, little surprises of this kind in the film. Also, it feels so good to see so many North-Eastern actors (even if some of them are non-actors) in a mainstream film. If only, Rock On 2 had better music and a little more effort in the parts of the puzzle that bring the film together.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K.Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Come to think of it, Rock On 2 is pretty much the most engaging and authentic sequel I’ve seen coming out of Bollywood in recent times. If as Shakespeare volunteered, music is actually the food of love, then this film is a feast. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...The entire narrative of Rockon2 has been kept deliberately subtle.Scenes which could have become high drama in normal routine movies have been handled with great maturity and for that director Shujaat Saudagar deserves applause. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Rock On 2 might not have a strong conflict in the storyline, but it definitely works as the narrative of a unique camaraderie among the boys. They have grown older, but haven’t lost their charm.... full review
So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...Shashank Arora has major scenes with Shraddha which he pulled off well. Even though the filmmaker tried hard to match up to the standards set by Abhishek Kapoor in 'Rock On', he unfortunately failed in his attempt. ... full review
So-So, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ...Rock on 2 may have been far more enjoyable if it had been shorter. Lesser drama and a crisper telling may have increased the intensity of the story and of course some more music would have kept us entertained. It’s a decent movie, there’s just too much of it. ... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Like in the original film, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music plays a key part in the experience of Rock On 2. Every situation in the film is bridged or resolved with the songs. The music of Rock On 2 is not SEL’s best but it is unique and within the context of the film blends well. Songs like Manzar naya, Woh jahan and Tere mere dil add melody to the film. ... full review
So-So, by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia : ...As the sequel of a modern-cult film, Rock On 2 does not quite match up. However, as a standalone film it has good entertainment value to offer to the audience. The film does not strike the high notes that Rock On!! did but is far from being a film that can be given a miss. ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Making his feature debut, director Shujaat Saudagar is fairly immersed in storytelling. But in the second half, the film nosedives like the film's lead, pouncing into the audience during a show. ... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...‘Rock On’ showcases some good performances, but it doesn’t recreate the youthful simplicity of the first part. And, most vitally, where is all the ‘rock’? ... full review
So-So, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...'Rock On 2' is a musical journey with hits and misses. The nostalgia factor here takes it a notch up on our entertainment scale. If you were impressed with the spirit of 'Magik' in 'Rock On!!' then 'Rock On 2' will prove to be an effective outing for you this weekend. ... full review
Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, ROCK ON 2 has no story, no good music and no entertainment value. With its slow paced narrative, limited buzz and the demonetisation move by the Indian Government, the film will be a disaster at the Box-Office. - See more at: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/rock-on-2/critic-review/#sthash.J4LRn0hf.dpuf... full review
Thumbs down, by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA : ...Rock On 2 might have been a great concept on paper, but it just doesn't become the sequel we all expected. Instead revisit the original and head bang to those tunes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The film has no effect on your senses. The drama appears alien and the music doesn’t have the suppleness and beat to make the experience affective. Director Shujaat Saudagaar proves he isn’t quite cut out to mine nostalgia for a fancied re-telling! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...Technically sound with Marc Koninck's decent photography. Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and Ehsaan Noorani is a big disappointment. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...As far as performances go, every one does their bit but they are let down by a confused storyline. Watch this only if you are a Rock On groupie, otherwise skip it. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...In terms of making an impact on its viewers, Rock On 2 will do nothing. The one thing it will do is boost the Meghalaya tourism. In all, watch Rock On 2 for the picturesque locales of Meghalaya. Else skip it.... full review
Thumbs down, Indicine : ...Conclusion: If you were expecting Rock On 2 to maintain the same essence of Rock On, then you should brace yourself for a few changes. The music here takes a backseat and the movie becomes a story about Farhan’s character rather than an entertaining ensemble movie. It takes a lot of time to set up the main story and get to its point, but the climax prevents this staid sequel from becoming a complete letdown. You can watch it for yourself and judge, or you can save your notes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Rock On 2‘s band Magik is completely tragic! If you were ever interested in forming a band, this one could kill your dreams! I’m going with a 2/5 ... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...With Akhtar and Rampal doing strong-men-in-agony routines, it’s left to Kohli to inject some fun, which he gamely does, even though it makes him look silly at times. Shashank Arora is intriguing as an ambitious shudhh Hindi-speaking semi-classical musician who joins Magik, but it’s an underwritten part. Kapoor does her own singing—fairly well, it must be said—as does the hoarse-voiced Akhtar. What is perhaps most surprising is that a film about musicians has nothing insightful to tell us about how music is made. In the fantasy world of the film, abandoned takes and flubbed notes don’t exist. It sounds right but rings false. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...One assumed this movie would capture the essence of that sub-culture. Or at least touch upon it. It would strike such a sticky (umbilical) chord, especially with the oft neglected land mass of India.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...The performances are adequate at best, and the picture-postcard photography of Meghalaya is refreshing. But as you leave the cinema in the end, you can’t help missing the distinct sense of fun that the earlier film delivered…and yes, those infectious tunes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...Thankfully the Meghalaya band sings 'Hoi Kiw', which is peppy and catchy. The refrain begins to sounds like 'Hoi Kyon' (Hoi why!) and you add 'Hoi kyon banayi yeh picture!' (Hoi! Why did you make this movie!)' ... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...There is a wariness to his sighs, to his body language and to his overall tonality as he patiently deals with the petulant overgrown kids around him. I enjoyed watching him, grizzled and thoughtful and annoyed at being judged for judging. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...There is a hint of the old camaraderie and banter in the interactions of the old band members but not enough to bring back the nostalgia for the original in any big way for the fans. Nor does the sequel update itself enough to appeal to the millenials. No wonder Rock On!! 2 feels totally lost in an echo chamber of its predecessor’s popularity. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...There was no real scope for a sequel, and this film could have been made as any other film about any other music band. Come to think of it, that would have been a more liberating film to watch. Here, the baggage it carries is too much to shake off, and too good to match up. ... full review
VJBishal: Rock On 2 is Rocking---enjoyed☺☺
TheAnushkaDesa1: I have a crush on @Purab_Kohli @FarOutAkhtar and @rampalarjun. Can't pick between them. Rock on 2 was so goooood.
tammsrinivasan: Rock on 2 Nice Movie
Sp33dDem0n: Rock on 2 - decent movie, second half was a bit slow :(
sonalivishwaka7: Rock the movie rock on 2, l love it movie.
SinghAvijit1992: After long 8 years rock on 2 rocks ... :)
Shanayaax: 12) I could go on..But honestly speaking if your tired of romance, horror & want some inspiration movie in your life. GO & WATCH ROCK ON 2
Schoudhury986: rock on 2 movie......is amazing....maine toh dekh liya....jisne nahi dekha jaldi jaldi dekho
SahilGa56906932: Watched rock on 2 wonderfull movie, Can't manage for first show coz no currency. But awesome movie. Paisa vasul!!!!!
rucsb: I watched Rock on 2 and liked it. @iamrana
Riya_skgem: I have watched Rock On 2 guys ❤️
RenukaJain6: Guys if #DeMonetisation has stressed you. You are a music lover. Go & watch Rock On 2. Amazing movie. @FarOutAkhtar thank you. You Rock
PrathyuLovesSk: Stay positive my baby @ShraddhaKapoor ❤ Rock On 2 is very good and it is inspirational Be positive
prakashgowda: Rock On 2, twice!
Poonamchandel74: #farhanakhtar Saw rock on 2. Good movie. Blame #PMModi if it does not do well. There were only 20 people in the hall.
P_aras_enal: Rock on 2. Every single frame. Soulful :) Thank you @FarOutAkhtar for this movie.
nishparadox: Rock On 2 excavates the soulful heart with deeper scars to sow the seeds beyond the rhythms of feelings.... There you go. I said it. 2 > 1
MukherjeeJhilam: Too excited for rock on 2...
madhavgmail: Loved Rock on 2! Shraddha and Farhan simply brilliant performances and singing . Kudos to the crew . Audiences pls go and appreciate !
kp1200: Rock on 2 is such a fabulous movie. Loved every bit of it. Thanks @FarOutAkhtar for making such cult movies.
jhoana0408: Rock On 2 is out with my lovely @ShraddhaKapoor. #MustWatch #RockOn2 #ReliveTheMagik #Jiah
iamrana: By the way I saw Rock on 2 and loved it
HorrorGeek12: Rock On 2 was surprisingly good & Arjun Rampal was brilliant. And fantastic cinematography!
hanimayuni18: Rock on 2 super film! music, performances, direction! Loved it. @cruzmonica03 @cruzmonica03 congrats!
geetu_iyer: Rock on 2 was worth the wait.. Relieving magik was euphoric..! @FarOutAkhtar you were amazing! #RockOn2
fipuqotydov: Rock On 2 quick take: A musical journey that keeps you grooving
chhabs63: #RockOn2 Rock On! Gave us catharsis. Rock On 2 takes you on the journey after. Brilliant movie. Music sucks.
chawlaaman721: Finally Saw ROCK ON 2 ; Really Osum Movie
charu3101: Rock on 2 for people who understand and love music and I watched it for @FarOutAkhtar loved it
BhartiNavaid: #RockOn2All of have to see Rock on 2. It's a fantastic musical movie.
arnabbashistha: I really loved everything about Rock On 2!!
ArbazKh50781499: Best film rock on 2
Alaknanda_Inst: Ok!!!! Some people will kill me BUT I L❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️VED " ROCK ON 2" A
AakashJha11: Rock on 2 is a good movie,but the 1st half is kind of boring. #RockOn2
md_minhaj: Rock on 2 was okay.. Great effort put on by @FarOutAkhtar wasted in slow dim story telling.
gambaroo: Just back from rock on 2. Magik comes in parts .. a bit too serious .. but great music .. tentative performances... not a typical FA movie
5315c296d04a43a: Rock On 2 is a decent watch. But there are indeed few highlights which are worth mentioning - "Shillong", "Arjun Rampal"..
WalavalkarRohit: Rock On 2 just ruined my sunday evening
Suman_Kher: Rock on 2! Why..oh...why! The world could do without something like this!!
suhas1602: Please don't watch Rock on 2.....faltu movie ever
souravshakti: Rock on 2 is the kind of movie which people won't watch even if they start accepting their old 500/1000 notes at ticket counter.
sonthaliarahul: Rock on 2.. one of the worst movies I have seen this year.. a complete let down compared to the first one... please avoid..! Total crap.!
sk25_: ROCK ON 2 was hard to watch. Some great characters reduced to a haphazard script and a terrible soundtrack. HOW DO YOU GET THE MUSIC WRONG.
saurabhkalra5: Rock On 2 leaves just one question unanswered... Why was it made!!!
ruchikokcha: Rock On 2 is pathetic. Pro level pathetic.
prof_peeves: Rock On 2: A sequel that did not need making! #Bored #WhyDidIWatchIt
Prem_Tips: Rock on 2 didn't all at rock.
Lassitude_: Rock on 2 was unnecessary
JabTakHaiKhan: Extremely disappointed with Rock On-2. Opputunity lost! Farhan and Purab were great though.
Gulli_khatri: Rock on 2 = Sulk on for 2hrs!!
GujjuBoss: Rock on 2 ... 2/5
greatbong: Rock On 2 seems to be the perfect movie to buy tickets for with demonetized currency bills.
GmaneGawade: I got a good print of Rock on 2. Hence it has been watched. Why do I make such choices?
EvilYogiBear: Avoid Rock On 2! #JanhitMeinJaari
dayal_my: Rock on 2 is the kind of movie which people won't watch even if they start accepting their old 500/1000 notes at ticket counter.
coolprady06: Watched rock on 2 yesterday. Seriously disappointed, slept in second half. Lost faith in @FarOutAkhtar. One of the worst movie i have seen
breenz01: The only thing good about Rock on 2 was Arjun rampal..he's so handsome. The rest of the movie was so crappy..totally bakwas
baigyriders: Rock On 2 is a disaster...
BabaAnealChe: Don't watch Rock On 2........... BAKWAS
AsliAnup: Firr bhi rock on 2 flop hai
ashismohapatra: Very disappointed with Rock On 2. Ruined an otherwise cult movie with complicated plot and pointless characters. #RockOn2
Arjun_dixit_kkc: Bollywood ki bhi lag gayi. .Rock on 2 flop ..Tum bin 2 n force 2 will be flop also
Anu_rag7: what was Farhan Akhtar thinking when he made rock on 2? Tbh movie could have been over in 15 mins.
ak_akshay07: Rock On 2 is the Kind Of Movie You Shouldn't Watch Even If The Theatres Start Accepting Old 500/1000 Notes
AficionadoYash: Rock On 2: Lull, Dull and not ‘Magik’al
aaashishh: Rock on 2. # epicfailure # utter nonsense #5 thumbs down.
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