The Rock On riff was stuck in our head. It apparently had the same effect on Farhan Akhtar. What it led to is sheer Magik and a sequel called Rock On 2!
As Rock On 2 teaser came out on Monday, it was deja vu all over again. Farhan Akhtar is playing in front of vast audiences minutes after we see him rowing a boat on a placid lake. Water and music, the two motifs of Rock On are back in Rock On 2, just like the cast. Farhan, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli and Prachi Desai are reprising their roles in Rock On2.
So, what’s new in Rock On teaser? Ok, let us make it who’s new? It is Shraddha Kapoor, this film’s reluctant yet talented musician, and Shashank Arora, him of Titli fame. While Shraddha gets some play in the little over one-minute teaser, we only see Shashank performing and not really talking. Will Farhan be the driving force behind pushing Shraddha to perform? It sure looks like it.
The song which plays as the teaser unleashes is the much loved Rock On.
And as Farhan tells his audience, Magik has not performed for many years and is only back for a reason and, as he says, “This. Is. It.” Now there’s a mystery for we are not sure what he means by “It”. Will the trailer reveal it or will we have to wait till the film’s release?
In the meantime, here’s what else is new this time round — the band is together after a decade-long split. What tore them apart now? Also, the sequel has been shot in Shillong and also includes a folk song in Khassi. The music is expected to be more mature, just like its main caste. They have included instruments like keyboard and sarod and expect more matured writing.
Shraddha Kapoor tweeted the teaser saying, “THIS. IS. IT. Presenting… The #RockOn2Teaser ~ http://bit.ly/RockOn2Teaser ?❤️ #ReliveTheMagik #RockOn2.”Earlier, Farhan said about making the sequel, “It was equally exciting and challenging to make a sequel. We wanted the best in every segment of the film be it in music, casting, or the location. Most importantly, we have a certain responsibility to the sequel and the people who have really kept the memories of the film alive so that while watching, the audience would feel that we have made the film with same sincerity and love.
Check the tweets as Rock On 2 cast shared the teaser with tweets:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 5, 2016
— Shraddha Kapoor (@ShraddhaKapoor) September 5, 2016
Rock On!! came out in 2008 and was an immediate success. It launched Farhan’s career as an actor as well as a singer. It also gave a new lease of life, and a National Award, to Arjun Rampal. The film also had Prachi Desai, Luke Kenny and Purab Kohli.
Directed by Shujaat Saudagar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, Rock On 2 will release on November 11.