Rok Sako To Rok Lo

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Rok Sako To Rok Lo
Rok Sako To Rok Lo.jpg
Film Poster
Directed by Arindam Chaudhuri
Produced by Arindam Chaudhuri
Written by Arindam Chaudhuri
Starring
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Cinematography Santosh Thundiyil
Edited by Raviranjan Maitra
Release date
  • 10 December 2004 (2004-12-10)
Country India
Language Hindi

Rok Sako To Rok Lo (English: Stop Me if You Can) is a 2004 Bollywood sports drama film produced and directed by Arindam Chaudhuri, in his debut. The film stars Yash Pandit, Manjari Fadnis, Sunny Deol, Carran Kapur, Aparna Kumar and Ram Menon in the lead roles. The music was scored by Jatin Lalit.[1]

Plot[edit]

The film deals with the dispute between two neighbouring high schools – Bharti School, a peaceful and silent school and Valley High School – a violent one. Dev (Yash Pandit), Suhana (Manjari Fadnis), and their friends come from Bharti, and are often disturbed by their enemies who come from Valley High. The Valley High students also defeat the Bharti students in every single inter-school event that happens every year, which is the main reason why they make fun of Bharti. One day however, the Bharti students are saved from the Valley High students by a mysterious man Kabir Mukherjee (Sunny Deol), who they initially feared because of his rough looks, thereby the reason they always called him "Phantom". The Bharti students get close to Kabir and befriend him, and with time he also becomes more gentle and normal, thereby getting rid of his "Phantom" look.

Dev, however gets attached to Sanjana (Aparna Kumar), a girl from Valley High, which results in him dropping Suhana. But Sanjana eventually rejects him because he once insulted her at a cafe and because he belongs to the rival school. One day while driving in an open road, Dev and his friends are again insulted and considered "slow" by the Valley High students who are also driving on the same road. Dev drives faster and overtakes them, but the car quickly meets with an accident and crashes. Everyone in the car survives, except Kabir. This leaves the Bharti students dismayed and defenseless against the Valley High students, with whom they have an upcoming 100 metres race competition. Dev however is still determined, so he trains up and attends the race with full confidence. During the race, he gets injured by one of the runners, but does not lose hope and through last-minute strength, he eventually wins the race, thereby finally letting Bharti get their revenge on Valley High. Incidentally the prize for the winner is a bike similar to Kabir's, so Dev becomes the new "Phantom".

Cast[edit]

  • Sunny Deol – Kabir "Phantom" Mukherjee
  • Yash Pandit – Dev
  • Manjari Fadnis – Suhana
  • Namrata Shirodkar – Sandra / Narrator
  • Carran Kapur – Ranveer Pratap Singh
  • Aparna Kumar – Sanjana
  • Ram Menon
  • Karun Punchi
  • Abbas Saria
  • Ajay Sheoparna
  • Jehan Hillowalla
  • Shreya Das
  • Dipti Bhatnagar – Dev's Bhabhi
  • Archana Puran Singh – Sweety
  • Tinnu Anand – S.V.P.S, Balasubramaniam Iyer
  • Rakesh Bedi – Ghodbole
  • Rajit Kapoor – Sweety's husband
  • Tiku Talsania – Sweety's husband
  • Anjaan Srivastav – Ganguly

Production[edit]

Rok Sako To Rok Lo was the directorial debut for Arindam Chaudhuri. It is also said to be a rip-off of the 1992 Aamir Khan-starrer Joh Jeeta Wohi Sikander.[2] According to Chaudhuri, "The central theme is friendship". He also mentioned that it would show how "the principal of management can help reduce wastage of money in the film industry." The film was one out of 50 different stories which he worked on. The cast had mostly teenage debutants, while "well-known faces" like Tikku Talsania, Archana Puransingh, Anjan Srivastva, Rakesh Bedi, Tinu Anand and Rajit Kapoor played supporting roles. To choose a title for the film, Chaudhuri conducted "market research".[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's musical score was composed by Jatin Lalit, while the lyrics were penned by Prasoon Joshi.[4]

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Haan Mujhe Thaam Le" Babul Supriyo, Alka Yagnik 04:25
2. "Jaane Kise" Shaan, Alka Yagnik 04:26
3. "Nazron Ka Yaarana" Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan 05:10
4. "Rok Sako To Rok Lo" Shaan, Babul Supriyo, Shreya Ghoshal, Lalit Pandit, Ishaan 04:31
5. "Tera Gham" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 04:03
6. "Yaaron Sun Lo" Abhijeet Bhattacharya 05:08
7. "Yaaron Sun Lo (Sad)" Abhijeet Bhattacharya 01:55

Reception[edit]

Rediff said, "Manjari has performed well, but Yash looks nervous in some scenes", and further wrote "I would recommend renting a Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander DVD instead of spending money to watch this film."[2] Subhash K. Jha of Nowrunning rated the film 2/5 and said, "Sadly, the film's basic tenor is too flighty to hold up such lofty ideas. Thoughts that go beyond eye candy entertainment float in and out of the narrative without getting a chance to lodge themselves in the plot."[5]

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