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Rocking on

Everyone’s talking about it, some bitching about it and those who haven’t seen it are made to feel that they are missing out on something. Rock On is the name of the movie and it’s clearly the talk of the town, writes Malvika Nanda.

music Updated: Sep 05, 2008 17:20 IST
Malvika Nanda

Everyone’s talking about it, some bitching about it and those who haven’t seen it are made to feel that they are missing out on something. Rock On is the name of the movie and it’s clearly the talk of the town.

And I think it’s sure worth a dekko. I recently bumped into a bassist from a city band and he told me about this little war between Delhi rockers and director-turned-actor- turned-singer (phew!) Farhan Akhtar. So, there is a war of sorts on one of the social networking sites, which talks about the loopholes in the movie from the musicians’ perspective.

From Facebook’s Rock On group (also Rawk On) to Rolling Stones community and even rsjonline.com, people have a lot to say. Some feel it’s a bad narration of how Indian rock bands are or have been; others talk about the movie being closer to the Hindi rock bands that are coming up.

To start with, one can very well hear a bass line but the band in the movie, called Magic (jeez), has no bass player. The most interesting of all posts was the one that talked about Anil Kapoor being the invisible bass player in the movie (Mr India, lol). And Arjun (Adonis) Rampal has been under fire for trying too hard — or maybe not trying at all — to fit into a guitarist’s role.

On a serious note, what the movie has done is that it has brought Indian rock to a totally new audience and probably made a whole lot of them take this ‘cult’ movement seriously. Some of the posts suggest the same. For a mainstream audience that doesn’t understand the ‘r’ of rock, there is enough to love in Rock On. The film did manage to get some stuff right, for purists’ sake, although overladen with dialoguebaazi and drama.

But then, what is Bollywood without drama? Nevertheless, a gig this Saturday by Rock On composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy ‘featuring Magic’ has got several takers. At their first concert in Mumbai, they managed fairly decent reviews. And come September 6, Delhi will have its share of Magic, too.

The concert will be held at Select City Walk mall, Saket, from 7 pm. At least you’ll be spared the typical Bollywood dance numbers! Dance numbers reminds me of the Saskia Laroo gig last Thursday.

As a part of Chivas Live Alive nights, this Dutch jazz trumpet player got everyone moving with her band, which played everything between modern jazz and reggae, and then some. Her brand of ‘dance jazz’ worked very well, but it was her emcee that stole the show with his mouth percussion techniques and the vivacity that he carried with him.