9 Years since Rock On!!

Dost kyun hai rootte, taare kyun hai chutthe, badalon mein bijli hai kyun..? Humne soch liya, and these questions are probably answered – but did you know…?  Rock On!! released on August 29th 2008– 9 YEARS back! I’m just 20, but I still feel old. The music, however, just never gets old. And watching the movie even today will give out these fresh, feel-good, youthful vibes… Watching KD growing from the confused and funny guy to the ‘I want it my way’ guy, Adi aur Joe ka jhagda (!), having each other’s back at all times, the scene in which they’re all jumping into the water… It was one of those movies which redefined friendship like Rang De Basanti and Dil Chahta Hai—it made us want to chill with our friends IMMEDIATELY, and… made us want to start a band! 😉

Anyway, here are just some things I didn’t know about Rock On which make for a really interesting read! Take a look (:

  • A lot of the parts of the movie are influenced by the band “Eagles”- the dialogue in which KD responds to the rival Ajay from Chakravyuh saying, “guess you were wrong. Hum ek break par the, but now we’re back,” was inspired by a famous dialogue an Eagles band member said during the release of their album after a long break, “For the record, we never broke up, we just had a 14 year vacation.” Aditya’s birthday in the movie, July 22nd, also happens to be the birthday of Don Henley, the lead vocalist of Eagles. And Joe Mascarenhas, the lead guitarist of MAGIK, shares his name with one of the lead guitarists of the Eagles, Joe Walsh.
  • Before learning the guitar, Arjun Rampal said he used to play guitar with his tennis racket. I mean, haven’t we all been guilty of this!? But all the actors underwent training with musicians to make their acting seem more authentic. Purab Kohli (KD) trained with a drummer, Luke Kenny (Rob) trained with Loy from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Farhan (Aditya) trained with Shankar for vocals and Ehsaan for the rhythm guitar, and Arjun (Joe) trained with a guitarist from the band ‘Dream out Loud’.

  • Alongside all the fame it got in India and across the world, the film also had the honour of getting its script included by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the Oscar Library. The script joined other Indian movies such as Devdas, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Chak De India in the Oscar library, which is accessed by many actors, students, filmmakers and writers for research.


Anyway, make your Rock On!! playlist, turn up the stereo and enjoy the mix of the soulful, the foot-tapping, the thought-provoking, and the romantic numbers. I know I’m going to! (:

-Project Intern, Anjali



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