Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar with the “Rock On!! 2” team. (Farhan Akhtar/Facebook photo)

NEW DELHI — Actor-filmmaker and musician Farhan Akhtar, who is currently gearing up for the release of his rock musical drama film “Rock On!! 2,” says it is a “new story but with the same characters” from the original 2008 film, “Rock On!!”

“It’s a completely new story, but of course the characters remain the same,” Akhtar told IANS over the phone.

The 42-year-old star added: “There is a history of what happened in the first film, but there is nothing really from the first film that is carried forward into this film.”

Directed by Shujaat Saudagar, “Rock On!! 2” also stars Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai and Purab Kohli from the previous installment. Actress Shraddha Kapoor is the new addition in the cast.

“Rock On!!” traced the story of Magiq, a Hindi rock band and its members, and their lives and friendship.

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