Mumbai: Actor Arjun Rampal, who will be reprising his role in "Rock On!! 2", says the upcoming film's new director Shujaat Saudagar and actress Shraddha Kapoor are valuable additions to the sequel.
The film will go on floors next month in Shillong and the 42-year-old "Roy" star said Shujaat will bring a new perspective and direction to the story of the musical drama, about a rock band
Magik formed by four friends and their relationship.
"Shujaat is a great addition. It is nice when you get a different perspective and a point of view. Shraddha Kapoor also is a great asset and a wonderful actor. I have seen some of her works and she has got a really nice voice," Arjun told PTI.
Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, who directed the first part, had moved the Bombay High Court to stall the making of the sequel to the film, accusing Farhan Akhtar's production house Excel
Entertainment of giving writer Pubali Chaudhuri sole credit for the script. Kapoor claimed he had been working on the script since 2011.
Asked about his equation with the director, Arjun said, " Abhishek is like a brother, I love him, we made a special film together. Sometimes someone else can take a film forward by taking the mantle... There is no harm in doing that. They move on. I don't think anyone should take it to heart."
The actor said even though sequels can be a tricky business, he did not have an inch of doubt in his mind about starring in the film.
"It is tricky. 'Rock On!!' was such a special movie for all of us and that's why it took us 8 years to get the script right. I think we got it and I am very pleased and happy. I am looking forward to going back into that space and getting back to Joe Mascarenhas," Arjun said.
He said in the new part his character Joe has been given the right treatment.
"There is no point of doing a sequel if the character does not become better. My role is very well defined. Joe is older and you will see him nine years later."
Arjun is also looking forward to reuniting with the old cast, which includes Farhan Akhtar, Purab Kohli and Pracchi Desai.
"I am very comfortable with the production team. I have done a lot of films with them. So, yes it is going to be fun," he said.
Besides "Rock On!! 2", Arjun has also another film in his kitty at the moment- "Daddy" in which he will play the role of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli.
The actor revealed that he is in talks for two other films as well.
Asked about not being seen on the silver screen frequently, Arun said, "You have to wait for the right things to come. And sometimes a lot of it comes together and I am really busy. Sometimes you just don't find the things that you want to do. But now yes there are some films happening... They are very interesting," he said.