Directed by: Shujaat Saudagar
Produced by: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani
Written by: Abhishek Kapoor and Pubali Chaudhuri
Starring: Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Prachi Desai, Shashank Arora
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Marc Koninckx
Production company: Excel Entertainment
Distributed by: Eros International
Release dates: 11 November 2016
Storyline: Musical centered on conflict in northeast India.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:
Shujaat’s collision with the world of filmmaking took place more than a decade ago. Starting from scratch, working from the bottom up, under the mentorship of Prahlad Kakar (Genesis Film Productions), filmmaking imparted crucial experiences that helped shape Shujaat’s destiny. He had found his calling. His consistent efforts played an integral part in the brand building exercise for Sony TV, especially SET MAX and this rewarding collaboration led to several Gold & Silver Promax Asia & L.A. awards (2003-2005). Pushing his passion for filmmaking further, Shujaat made a successful foray into feature films with a 60-minute featurette, ‘BALI’, for Star One’s, Studio One Productions. ‘Bali’ was awarded ‘Best Film’ of the year at the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2005. ‘Belle de jour’ a film directed by him for ‘A day in the life of India’ won the prestigious Spike Gold at the Spikes Asia 2011. Shujaat ventured into the feature film world when he was approached to be the 2nd unit Director for the Bollywood Superhit “Don 2” (Directed by Farhan Akhtar and Produced by Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.). He was, later on approached by them once again, to direct 2 promotional music videos for their 2013 feature film, “Fukrey” which were produced by Boot Polissh Films. It is his aim to create films that are a pinnacle of consistent quality.
My Gut Feel and comments:
It’s always an enormous pressure when you do a sequel. The demands are so high. The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original. Dean Koontz
Rock On!! It self was a complete story where a rock band group reunited after a gap of time. Now with Rock on 2, taking the story forward keeping the similar drama and emotions intact is a daunting task. Last one was directed by Abhishek Kapoor and this one has been directed by Shujaat Saudagar who assisted Farhanon Don 2 as assistant director. Rock On!! was quite fresh in its presentation and storytelling. Even keeping the same star cast in tact it difficult task to recreate that magic.
Going by my gut feeling I am giving Rock on II 3 stars out of 5, five days before the release.