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Beat it! Bollywood movies based on musical bands


Apart from an appealing star cast and all that masaledaar romance, drama and action, it is music that keep us linked with the essence of movies. Bollywood keeps thronging movie buffs with different genres and concepts and to hit the chord with viewers, filmmakers take cues from music so that viewers could enjoy and feel connected. But sadly, there are very less successful movies based on musicians or musical bands. With the tinge of dramatic storyline, many directors are now trying their hands on to explore the musical genre. To celebrate the spirit of melodious ensemble, new age directors have had evoke the journey of reel life bands on screen. So, if you like to thump on the beats of drums and guitar and your heart has a special corner for all the magnificent bands then rejoice! As we have enlisted some of the movies which are high on music and is all about bindaas band attitude.

Lucknow Central

Another jail based movie that stars Farhan Akhtar as lead Kishen Mohan Girhotra a music enthusiast who dream to form his own band but, he gets falsely framed as accused in murder case that lands him in infamous jail of Lucknow Central. The movie also features Diana Penty as NGO worker as Gayatri Kashyap, who from a band of prisoners for the band competition which is going to held in Lucknow Central. Kishen befriends with four other inmates of jail who later joins his band. Kishen’s life takes a positive turn as he gets a chance he enjoys living a musician’s life. Apparently, in the guise band preparations and practices Kishen and his gang have some other hidden plans. They plan to escape the jail and set themselves free, it will be interesting to see how Kishen and Co. will escape from Lucknow Central.

Qaidi Band

Qaidi Band: Band of Prisoners is an out of the league musical flick which depicts the plight of seven innocent undertrials surviving under prison. The movie tries to shed light on how prisoners are badly treated and how politicians interfere in criminal’s trial for their personal benefits. The movie is written and directed by Habib Faisal, which marks the debut of Aadar Jain who is Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin and grandson of Raj Kapoor, along with the newcomer Anya Singh. The seven prisoners form a band and perform in prison so that they appear in good books authority to make their acquittal easier. The band compose a song that becomes a national hit. But all their hope of acquittal crashes down when a politician cancels all the trials and use their songs for election campaign. Later, they release some more power packed songs as sign of their revolt to set themselves free from prison.

Rock On and Rock On 2

Rock On!! marked the successful debut of Farhan Akhtar and Prachi Desai. The movie is written and directed by Abhishek Kapoor is a musical drama which depicts the journey of four friends who reunite for their band “Magik”. Along with Farhan, Arjun Rampal was also seen playing pivotal role as Farhan’s band mate. Apart from Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli and Luke Kenny were also seen playing the role of band members of the fictional rock band. Though Rock On!! won accolades by critics but made an average box office collection. The music and catchy lyrics were the main attraction of the movie. Songs like Socha Hai and Peechle Saat Dino Mein were the songs that became popular among younger generation. Rock On’s sequel was released last year, the sequel Rock On 2 was directed by Shujaat Saudagar and in the second instalment Shraddha Kapoor shared the screen with Farhan as playing vocalist’s role in the movie. Rock on 2 received mixed reviews and the music too failed to entertain. The music for both the movies was given by the ace musical trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.


Banjo is a 2016 musical film starring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri in lead roles. The movie directed by Ravi Jadhav, the story revolves around Mumbai based five-member local band which is headed by Taraat, Riteish Deshmukh. Luke Kenny as Mickey searches for an expert who can play banjo flawlessly and then he come across with a local concert organised by Taraat and his band. When Nargis Fakhri arrives in Mumbai, Taraat falls in love with her. And Nargis who needs fresh and raw band for her music festival feels Taraat and she feels the band is the right choice that will enthral all with desi numbers. This musical tale takes a twist when Taraat’s rival band frames him as accused of murdering an MLA. All the false accuses takes a toll on Tarrat and his band, his band mates believes that he has done wrong and they leave the band. The movie failed to entertain Bollywood buffs but, the songs like Raada, Udan Choo ruled the heart of music lovers.

Jhankaar Beats

This another musical comedy directed by Sujoy Ghosh was released in the year 2003. Jhankaar Beats was actually a tribute to late music composer R.D. Burman. The movie is all about love, friendship and music which stars Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna, Shayan Munshi and Riya Sen in pivotal roles. Sanjay as Deep and Juhi as Shanti lead a happy married life. Whereas, Rishi, Rahul Bose and his wife Nicky, Rinkee Khanna his short-tempered wife keeps quarrelling over small issues. Deep and Rishi are best friends and both are music lovers who are obsessed with R. D. Burman. Both the best friends perform in a pop music contest called ‘Jhankaar Beats’ which they are trying to win from past two years. All in all, the movie unfolds many colourful characters that keeps you glued to the movie. The movie features the soulful track ‘Tu Ashiqui Hai’ sung by KK and the beautiful lyrics is being penned down by Vishal Dadlani.

London Dreams

This movie portrays the story of two childhood friends played by Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan. Arjun (Ajay) who is 17-year-old dreams to become a singer but his father doesn’t allow him to pursue singing. But his friend Mannu (Salman) supports him whole heartedly and after Arjun’s father dies his uncle Om Puri takes charge and he moves to London. After spending many years in London, Arjun forms his own band with two fellow Pakistani’s Zoheb and Wasim, played by Rannvijay Singh and Aditya Roy Kapur. Asin who is also seen sharing the screen, joins Arjun’s band. Story takes a turn, when Salman i.e. Mannu goes to London and he too joins his friend’s band. Gradually, Mannu gets more popular then Arjun among audience and hence, Arjun’s ego gets hurt. The friendship gets sore which badly affects their band London Dreams.