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Rock around the movies

So, was Rock On refreshing for you? We were wondering, have there been rock, pop, Bollywood mambo movies before? Nikhil Taneja walks you down memory lane...

entertainment Updated: Sep 04, 2008 14:26 IST
Nikhil Taneja

So, was

Rock On

refreshing for you? We were wondering, have there been rock, pop, Bollywood mambo movies before?

Nikhil Taneja

walks you down memory lane...



Morning Raga

(2004)


Shabana Azmi led the show in this offbeat film by playwright-turned-director Mahesh Dattani. Traumatised by the loss of her son and her friend in an accident, a Carnatic vocalist (played by Shabana) becomes reclusive. Years later, her friend’s son convinces her to sing for his rock band.



The climax, showing the concert where classical vocals melded with metal guitar riffs, was well received by critics but didn’t sell too many tickets. The CD of the music also wasn’t marketed to bring it within the reach of fusion buffs.



Jhankaar Beats

(2003)


Sujoy Ghosh’s directorial debut defied many Bollywood conventions. It was a small-budget comedy with an offbeat cast led by Sanjay Suri, Rahul Bose and Juhi Chawla, tackling the theme of two friends who want their band to win a music competition. The music, you could say, was pop Bollywood.



The score was composed by the two-film-old Vishal-Shekhar. Vishal doubles as the vocalist of the rock band

Pentagram

. It was the second production of Pritish Nandy Communications. Fairly successful, it’s something of a favourite with the campus crowd. The music has recall value for its solo vocal pieces by KK and Shaan in

Tu aashiqui hai

and

Suno na

respectively. Incidentally, this was one of the first films to be classified as a ‘multiplex movie’.



Paanch

(2003)


Trailers of a dark, noiresque film by scriptwriter-turned-director Anurag Kashyap were all over the place. Featuring the then unknown Kay Kay Menon, Tejaswini Kolhapure and Vijay Maurya, the film was about a rock band and its frustration with making its voice heard against the establishment. It was as real as it gets, and paid homage to the spirit of Jim Morrison of

The Doors

.


It was denied a censor certificate since the censor board felt that it glorified violence and drugs, but it was praised by all those who saw it on the preview circuit. Eventually, it was cleared by the censors... but why producer Tutu Sharma has not released it remains a question.



Tere Liye

(2000)


This obscure movie, directed by a newcomer and starring newcomers, tackled the theme of teenage children of workers at a film studio who form a band and their subsequent struggle. Its music, which was largely sung by Sonu Niigaam, did quite well since the album was promoted as his album.



The movie went unnoticed, but some of the names associated with it did make an impact eventually. Its leads Arjun Punj and Shilpa Saklani have made their mark in television. And Hiten Paintal was recently seen in

Bachna Ae Haseeno

.


Also, this film was helmed by debutant director Sanjay Gadhvi. Pritam and he were noticed by Yash Raj. And they were selected for

Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai

, and then

Dhoom

. Take that!