Farhan Akhtar, who successfully wielded the director’s megaphone with Dil Chahta Hai , has now turned actor playing the lead role, that of a music band’s lead singer, in the musical Rock On. He has actually sung 6 of the 9 tracks of the album himself.
Debutant director Abhishek Kapoor was insistent that each of his actors learn to do the part they’re playing, that is learning how to sing. So while Farhan trained with Shankar Mahadevan, Purab Kohli who plays the drummer in this one was tutored by Linzie D’mello. Arjun Rampal learnt the guitar from guitarist Chandresh Kudwa, and the much talented Luke Kenny was already an ace at the keyboard.
Four months of rigorous training has given this gang of Five confidence enough to perform live. The call themselves Magik Band and they have plans to go for live shows in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta and Delhi.