It’s Friday but surprisingly there are more people inside and outside banks rather than cinema halls today. Call it the after effect of PM Narendra Modi’s surgical strike on black money. The first show of Rock On 2 saw a poor turn out with some multiplexes registering an attendance of not more than five people. Three multiplexes that we checked had attendance that struggled to reach double figures. What’s hard to tell is whether the dismal turn out was due to the abolishment of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 rupee notes or lack of interest in the film itself.
A few viewers who caught the first show of Rock On 2 felt greatly let down by the music of the film, which they felt was strictly average. Said a viewer, “The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Rock On is good music. Unfortunately that is exactly what was missing in this film. In Rock On, music made the difference. The drama that was created while singing Sindbad The Sailor and things like those are missing in this film. Musically this was a below par album and could have been better.”
The story too failed to cut much ice with audience. Among the few viewers whom we spoke to, one said, “The first half is brilliant. The stories of all characters connect well. There is a justification for everything. The story gets melodramatic and for those who are not into these kind of stories, they may not like it.”
Performance wise, audience felt Farhan did a decent job along with Purab Kohli and Arjun Rampal. Viewers were neither impressed nor unimpressed with Shraddha Kapoor’s outing. “It’s an okay role for her. To some extent, the makers under-utilised her.”
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The only plus point in the film for one and all was the scenic North East portrayed in its full glory. “The visual spectacle that North East is makes me want to book my tickets to the place for a vacation as soon as possible,” remarked another viewer. What remains to be seen is if Rock On 2 will attract viewers to cinema halls in days to come.