Talk about running away with the imagination! Recent reports suggest that the sequel to Rock On is all set to take off, with Alia Bhatt joining the cast. Not only that, the reports also suggest that Alia will be singing her own songs in the film.
But here’s the reality. Alia is not on board for Rock On 2. Not yet, at least.
A source adds, “There will be a new recruit in the band, a female recruit. Alia Bhatt is one of the possibilities. But her dates are not working out.”
Says a source close to the Rock On 2 project, “We don’t know where these reports are coming from. Alia Bhatt has been approached. But that’s about it. There is no question of her singing her own songs. We don’t even know what kind of music the sequel will have and how much of it the characters other than Farhan Akhtar will be singing.”
So here’s what’s finalized for Rock On 2.
Says the source, “Though the basic idea is by Abhishek Kapoor who directed the first Rock On (he opted out of the sequel and took Kai Po Che to another producer because he asked Ritesh Sidhwani’s production house Excel for a big fat fee hike after the success of Rock On) Rock On 2 will be directed by Shujaat Saudagar who has not directed feature films before this (he did direct a one-hour telefilm entitled Bali, though). Ritesh Sidhwani (the film’s producer) has asked the cast members to block their dates in April 2015. The core cast of Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli remains (the Luke Kenny character is dead). There will be one major female character, a singer in the rock band.”
This is where Alia’s name is being thrown around. Sources insist Alia is in the realm of possibilities.
“Alia’s dates are not working out. She has committed herself to Homi Adjania’s next with Sushant Singh Rajput which starts at around the same time as Rock On 2. Shraddha Kapoor, Deeepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are also being considered,” says the source.
Both Ritesh Sishwani and Alia Bhatt deny Alia is in the cast.
Says Ritesh, “Nothing for Rock On 2 has been finalized except the director. No cast has been finalized.”