Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 | Filed under Comic 35 Comments

The formula for making Rock Band movies

Now before I get howls of protest from Rock On fans, allow me to put in a disclaimer. I liked Rock On, it’s a great movie. We need more movies like Rock On. It’s great there are other genres of movies being made – Sports team movie, Rock Band Movie, Umm.. Sports team movie.
So anyway, not saying Rock On was bad, just saying it had too many Déjà vu moments…  Would love to hear your views… leave a comment.

Update: There’s some discussion in the comments about the lack of a Bass Guitarist. I’d like to ADD that topic to the Doors box. They also didnt have a bass guitar. The keyboard guy did bass. Mostly.

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  1. 1
    Sree // October 23rd, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    I really wondered where all the others were leading… Cool man!

    BTW, am I the only one who noticed there was no bass guitar(ist) in the band?

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    Deepak // October 24th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    @Sree : You are not the only one. Almost everyone with an ear for music has written about it in the blogosphere.
    But this is clarified when Purab introduces the band to Prachi.

    More details here : http://iyerdeepak.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/rock-on-and-the-bass-guitar/

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    Deepak // October 24th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Oh forgot to add.
    Great one Saad !!
    It was pretty much like Drona, a mixture of scenes you have seen, only done way better than Drona.

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    Rahul Munshi // October 24th, 2008 at 3:37 am

    Well, the bass was the real ‘magik’. And when did a bollywood character need a chord, let alone an amp to play the guitar onstage.
    Farhan is an ass of a singer (hear the saanson ki zaroorat hai). Behind his shot to fame are modern mixers and programming technologies.
    School of rock is a classic. This was crap (in a pathologist’s test tube).
    But the direction was right. This made people familiar with some simple rock riffs and drum rolls (whatever little) and they appreciated it.
    Evil bitch=Yoko Ono…..ROFL, quite right.

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    Abhiroop // October 24th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    oOh…clever anna….

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    Rockus // October 24th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Cool one! It adds up quite nicely indeed!

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 24th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    @sree: Regarding the mysterious bass player, I saw/heard about that too, but didnt add in the formula, because 1. As Deepak points out, Luke Kenny/Rob was the keyboardist and did the bass. And 2. The Doors didnt have a bass guitar guy too – Ray Manzarek did the bass with one hand and the wierd organ keyboard with the other.

    @rahul munshi: Umm.. So the man has a wierd voice.. but hey, sings OKish. At least it sounds like something you might hear in a rock band. Unlike that other Reincarnated Nasal Singing Dude.

    @abhiroop, rockus: Thanks :)

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    ame // October 24th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    lol. great interpretive.
    and how to forget the dumb uh-so meeky lyrics, for a supposedly musical movie, that too from one of the best lyricists around. shame!!

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    Saurabh Nanda // October 24th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Dude, really nice.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 24th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    @ame: The dumb lyrics are the result of the final residual cleaning to filter about references to rock, sex and drugs. Once that is gone, there’s nothing left in rock music. You end up rocking about your lost laundry bill, and asking your audience to contemplate why water is wet…

    @saurabh: Dude, thanks.

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    Satyajit // October 24th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    haha….love your take on the movie. i got beaten & abused cause i did not fall in love with “Rock On”. It was better than what the “Phookh” but nothing to write home about.


    btw. love your work……

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    Amit Singh // October 24th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Oh my God. Lmao. Yoko Ono is so crap. Love the Doors tho. And Almost Famous. Tho Guns N Roses bit got me mixed up in between

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    Hades // October 24th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Deepak said:” You are not the only one. Almost everyone with an ear for music has written about it in the blogosphere.
    But this is clarified when Purab introduces the band to Prachi.”

    Yup, you’re right about the first part. Everyone, including me, has blogged about it.

    In retort, many have also pointed out that the Doors didn’t have a dedicated bassist.

    However, and forgive me if I’m being too pedantic, you might want to consider that Manzarek played the bass on a keyboard, which sounds rather different from a bass guitar. Are you meaning to say that Rock On’s songs have the bass being played on a keyboard?

    Of course, truth be told, these points are too insignificant for a movie (any movie not just a “Hindi Movie”).

    But no harm making fun of it, right?

    About the Doors specifically: For the later, studio albums of the Doors they did use a bass guitarist. “The Doors” and doesn’t have one but please do listen to “The Soft Parade”. You should be able to pick up a bass guitar.

    Anyways, using the Doors as an example when it comes to music isn’t the best policy. In my opinion, at least, in the music dept. the Doors aren’t all that great. What makes it a great band are the lyrics, which is one reason why the Doors without Morrison is totally fucked up.

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    Hades // October 24th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Oh! and nice comic!

    Lol @ Yoko

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 24th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    @hades: “Doors without Morrison is totally fucked up”, you say? Oh it’s ON now!

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    Hades // October 24th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t put my finger on it, but I think you’re a Doors fanboy!

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    Abhinav // October 24th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    great movie…great music…great acting..great music again..and now a great comic!!!

    p.s. hmm.. true.. lyrics are a bit sad.. and hey…farhan akhtar has sung really really well.. sounds like a real rocker

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    pri // October 24th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    saad as usual the work is great ….
    wel i m not very much into rock but certainly as u said in disclaimer i loved rock on

    i dnt exactly gt the theme of this comic …. strip

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    Vipul Nanda // October 25th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    There was a drug reference, incidentally. Mary Jane ka ek packet, or some such.

    Lovely comic. Been following it for a while.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 25th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    @abhinav: Thanks. I agree, for a non singer, he sung quite well.

    @pri: Thank you, you always need a disclaimer, specially on topics like these. Like Satyajit said in a comment above, you can get beaten and abused if you dont fall in love with rock on instantly :)

    @vipul: No shit, they mentioned sweet ol’ maryjane in a squeeky clean movie like this? Now what will our anti-smoking health minister think of this?

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    Vipul Nanda // October 25th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    If our Health Minister figures out what he means, only then can he do something about it. :-) It’s all quite amusing, really. Recently, the Supreme Court said TV these days was ‘totally objectionable’ and called for the I&B Ministry to effectively censor it.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 25th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    @vipul: I agree. I also find TV these days totally objectionable! Also moronic and unfunny..

    Although censoring is not the solution. Better taste and quality control is.

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    Kiran // October 26th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I don’t know why, all my friends loved Rock on but not me. Something was missing.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 26th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    @kiran: That happens. Nearly all humans liked The Dark Knight, except a few.

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    Abhinav Rastogi // October 26th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    hey… i liked the movie “the dark knight”… joker was awesome!! might not deserve an oscar, but not too many movies out there which keep you glued to your seat.. (i cant seem to find my bottle of superglue ever since… hmmm..)

    p.s. the last lines were AMAZING!! (the ones about what the city deserves/needs) :D

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    Jack Black // October 27th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    The School of rock band loses in the end.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 28th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    @jack: Hmm..true true. But the crowd screams for them to come back! So they lost the contest, but they won the hearts of the audience.

    OMG Are you really Jack Black!!! :O

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    Guru // October 28th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    haha..Good one Saad.. though it must be pointed out that the movie atleast was bearable even considering the very cliched story. Btw the top 6 words in your tag cloud are – Agony uncle rant rave sex wisdom – i dont know if this is some weird ass “six steps to nirvana” :)

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // October 28th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    @guru: A little wordplay, perhaps? Agony Uncle Wisdom – Rant, Rave & Sex. Weird weird.

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    Srinivasan // January 9th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Thank you! Finally someone to agree with my thoughts on this trashy attempt at a movie about rock (See mouthshut.com/review/Rock_On-151168-1.html )

    Great blog by the way, I respect you pumping out a fresh cartoon so often filled with cynicism & satire for our enjoyment.

    Thanks for this post and the blog as a whole, it’s a great contribution to mankind.

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    Aditi // September 9th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Very very funny :) great observations…though I most emphatically did NOT like Rock On..

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    ishan // November 28th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    wow ! brilliant !

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    Nishtha // December 17th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    the practical moral police ought to do something bout such movies

    i think it was sheer waste of good gear :X

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    Shirin // January 13th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    that was awesome….. and the much needed disclaimar too.
    i guess few people here are not getting the pun behind it….

    “The dumb lyrics are the result of the final residual cleaning to filter about references to rock, sex and drugs. Once that is gone, there’s nothing left in rock music.”

    i beg to differ on this point. rock is lot more than just about drugs or sex….trust me… m married to a rocker. but u can’t expect nething revolutionary from Mr. Javed Akhtar. no offence, he’s a great lyricist but rock and him doesn’t go hand in hand.

    Music sucked… though two out of three music director’s are rockers themselves.

    Farhan Akhtar sucks too…. as a singer and as an actor as well. if neone out of those four was supposed to sing, it should’ve been Luke Kenny. he’s a great singer.

    movie was ok…. just separate the music n lyrics….

    but the ultimate point is Rock On gets a release, is a blockbuster n ppl love it…. while a movie like Paanch, tht’s a real rock story… is still finding its way out of censorship…

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    trex // January 27th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    It’s not loose, it’s lose!!!

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