“Mumbai needs rock music to stay alive”

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Farhan Akhtar who made his acting debut with the musical film ‘Rock On!!’ recently performed at the ‘Independence Rock’ festival held in Mumbai. He thinks rock music is what keeps the city of Mumbai alive and he is right because the cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of different cultures and rock music makes it vibrate.

The ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ director is a die-hard rock-n-roll fan and was thrilled to perform with Indian rock band ‘Parikrama’ at the festival which returned to Mumbai after a nine-year hiatus.

Speaking about his experience at the festival, Farhan said he was happy to be there in the company of like-minded music lovers of the genre. For him, “to play a song with ‘Parikrama’ was exciting”, but more than that, he was there as a rock-n-roll fan and “out of love”.

Speaking of the need to keep the festival as ‘I-Rock’ a normal fabric of a city, he said: “The fact that the quintessential rockfest has received such a response is so reassuring. The city needs rock music to stay alive. I’m glad it’s happening again.”

As a voice that represents youth, Farhan believes that “we need to keep rock music burning”.

He added, “Just keep the fire burning. Rock still stands for freedom. It stands for independence. It stands for having your own voice.”

Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ star Saif Ali Khan also attended ‘Mahindra Independence Rock’ with his son Taimur.

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