Shraddha Kapoor opens up to say, “Every film is like a debut film for me. Though I have worked in six films so far, every film is different. And Rock On 2 has me excited and a little nervous for various reasons. Though I sung before for my earlier films, this is the first time I am singing rock songs. I took vocal training to adapt the style correctly. Thankfully, people like our songs and I am happy for it,” she added. “I was very young when Rock On!! released, it is one of the favourite films of my growing age that I watched repeatedly. I did not even think of being a part of the sequel of my favourite film not only as an actor but also as a singer! It is a dream come true moment for me,” she said.
The album’s first track ‘Jaago’ is possibly supposed to be an anthem, and with it being shot at important places in Mumbai, it may just become one. Let’s get this out of the way: the song is catchy. But Siddharth Mahadevan’s 30 second chorus (where he literally sings only two words again and again: Jaago, jaago) is far better than Farhan singing the whole song. His voice brings it down.
Shraddha Kapoor, however, is a surprise. Her voice is like a mix between Colbie Smoulders and Amy Lee (of Evanescence fame) and works really well with the tone that this album takes. Udja Re is my personal favourite song in the Rock on 2 soundtrack because it doesn’t try to be a rock song, and in the process ends up being extremely unique. In fact the chorus riffs actually stand out, as opposed to sounding like noise (like in the other tracks).
‘You Know What I Mean’, again sung by Farhan, is like an ad-jingle that you will forget the minute it stops to play. Possibly the least impressive song on the album. But ‘Manzar Naya’ is still passable. It reminds you of ‘Khabon Ke Parindey’ from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, with whistles et al, but how I wish they’d chosen Siddharth Mahadevan to sing the whole song instead. There’s a falsetto part in the song that Farhan attempts that is just cringe-worthy.
If you had any doubts about whether Shraddha Kapoor’s voice had been tuned to perfection from just her first song, her second one ‘Tere Mere Dil’ will confirm it. It’s a dreamy, sing-song track that is hummable, but the stringy, sitar bits stand out. However, Kapoor’s voice is at its best in her duet song with Farhan, ‘Woh Jahaan’. It’s pristine, smooth and when we hear Farhan’s voice in the second verse, you immediately want to switch back to Kapoor’s.
‘Hoi Kiw/Chalo Chalo’ is one of the two tracks on the album to have neither of these voices, and offers a respite with Usha Uthup’s voice. A quirky, upbeat number — this is the most dance-worthy song on the Rock On 2 soundtrack. The Shillong-band Summersalt that sings in Khasi is the winner of this track. ‘Ishq Mastana’ helmed by Shankar Mahadevan and Digvijay Singh Pariyar, is an intense, powerful ballad and (finally!) the vocals match the ambition of the track.