Rock On

  • Directors: Abhishek Kapoor
  • Producers: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
  • Writers: Abhishek Kapoor
  • Genres: Drama, Music
  • Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny, Prachi Desai, Shahana Goswami, Koel Purie, Nicolette Bird

The film is about four friends, Aditya Shroff, Joe Mascarhenas, Rob Nancy and Kedar Zaveri aka KD (“Killer Drummer”) who start a rock band and struggle to make it big in the rock world. Two parallel plotlines follow them at different times during their lives. They are both woven together at strategic points, which lends the film its much-praised nostalgic quality.

The first narrative thread shows the four friends in their early twenties when they were young, wild and carefree, and their main focuses in life were music and friendship. During this time, they create a band called ‘Magik’ and meet to practise regularly in an old basement.

A competition is announced, specifically for Indian rock bands, to be organised by Channel V, where the winner would be offered a contract for an album and at least one music video. The band need money for new instruments and they earn it by playing old Hindi songs at random Dandiya parties, even though it kills them to do so. They enter the competition and win, though it eventually turns out be their downfall.

They are forced to make a number of compromises while signing the contract, which creates some tension within the band. Joe feels the most slighted as his song is not included (making way for a remix of a random wedding song to capitalise on the upcoming “wedding season”) and his girlfriend, Debbie (for whom he had written the song), an aspiring fashion designer, is refused the chance of being the band’s stylist. Later, when the cameramen focus solely on Aditya during the filming of the music video, Joe confronts him, accusing him of trying to take over the band. Things get worse when the director rudely intervenes. Joe lashes out at both him and Aditya before marching out of the studio with Debbie.

The plot is heavily borrowed from the 1988 British film Still Crazy

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