Farhan thrilled with 'Rock On', but doesn't want sequel

Mumbai, Sep 21 (IANS) Farhan Akhtar is still surprised by the overwhelming response to "Rock On" and says the movie has not only set a benchmark for other music films but also spurred an Indi-rock revival. But the actor-director-singer is not too keen on a sequel.

" 'Rock On' has created a certain parameter within which other films based on music will be gauged. People within the industry feel more adventurous and conscientious after 'Rock On'," Farhan, who made his acting debut with the film, told IANS in an interview.

He said that "Rock On" had gone much beyond films.

"Suddenly there's an upsurge of rock. We suddenly have an Indi-rock revival. Regional bands are again playing ... Newspaper articles are being written about desi rock. Suddenly I feel we've started something we can't control. It's all very encouraging.

"It's a great thing happening here. Credit must go to our director Abhishek Kapoor, who was very adamant on doing a film on a neglected cultural phenomenon," said Farhan, who has made films like "Dil Chahta Hain" and "Lakshya".

But he stressed that he wasn't too keen on a sequel and that he had had enough of the "Rock On" saga.

"The director Abhishek Kapoor should know about the sequel. As for me, I'm not for it. I feel 'Rock On' is a sequel to my own 'Dil Chahta Hai'. Both transported me to the same emotional space. So I've had enough of it. I think Abhishek has a lot more to do as a filmmaker than a sequel."

Farhan had a great time jamming with his "Rock On" co-stars - Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny and Purab - and wouldn't mind working together as a band too.

"A camaraderie has set in among the four of us. This bonding is very special. We want to carry our musical togetherness forward. What we saw at the Delhi concert was unbelievable. Before the film's release, we had performed in Mumbai and Pune. But the experience in Delhi post-release was something else. The audience knew us and the songs...They were screaming my character's name Adi," said a thrilled Farhan.

"Like I said, it's gone beyond our expectations."

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