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Movie Review: Aashiqui 2

Updated May 15, 2013 01:19pm


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Love, songs, and the devious draw of the drink! The only three things returning with Mohit Suri’s vaguely dissimilar Aashiqui 2 are:

1) The poster image of a young couple, supposedly cuddly, under a jacket. 2) The half-wit tagline “Love Makes Life Live” and 3) A fleeting glimpse of the lead’s insecurity, imported from Rahul Roy’s character’s, named, Rahul Roy.

A better title, at least from what one may guess from the film’s middle act, would be “Abhimaan 2”. However, give it a chance; and that goes double ditto for the album.

Mr. Suri’s film takes some getting used to, but when the senses finally fine-tune to Aashiqui 2’s orientation, the enterprise becomes less cumbersome – even when the interest curve dips.

While Mr. Bhatt’s Aashiqui was about cute, sappy and somewhat unattainable love, Mr. Suri’s Aashiqui entertains none of the stereotypical evils from the 90’s – gone are girls hostel supervisors like Tom Alter and media scoundrels like Homi Wadia. The villain here is a lack of self-control and a bottle of rum.

Aashiqui 2’s straightforward opening begins on concert day and Rahul Jaykar (Aditiya Roy Kapoor), a self-afflicted, creatively bummed out pop-star tethering on career suicide.

Rahul, desensitized by liquor, is fashionably late, sans reason. An uproarious crowd, and his manger-cum-friend (Shaad Randhawa)’s push later, Rahul performs “Sun Raha Hai” (debutant Ankit Tiwair is the voice and the composer) – a rocked-out sad solo single, custom crafted for album sales, and one of six best tunes in the movie (the album has eleven songs).

Rahul, for some inexplicable rationalization, has lost his muse at the peak of his celebrity. A short fuse with another striving singer later, Rahul runs over Arohi Shirke (Shraddha Kapoor).

Arohi is a bar-singer, working for pennies under a contract. She also sings Rahul’s songs, but in a different beat (her version of “Sun Raha Hai” is an easy on the soul version by Shreya Ghoshal). Rahul, smitten, frees Arohi from contract, brings her back to Mumbai and pushes her into professional music.

As it usually happens in romantic dramas, conflict attack in intermissions; some more pedantic than others, as Mr. Suri’s direction, and his immaculately framed scenes balance shifty performances within a repeating story thread and a succession of songs – which, during the movie, sound tonally repetitive, unless heard off-screen (“Hum Mar Jayeingay”, “Meri Aashiqui”, “Piya Aaye Na”, “Chahun Main Ya Na” are valuable assets, whose only flaw is singer Arjit Singh’s unwarranted aping of Atif Aslam).

Ms. Kapoor’s Shraddha, though neatly laid out on paper, as one half of the pair, is adequate. Her appeal, though, comes from a lack of Vishesh Film’s routine sexed-up sensuality.

Mr. Roy Kapoor’s Rahul fares better, with a genuinely good core; his alcohol dependency, on the other hand, is a dangling McGuffin that gratuitously slogs the film’s running time.

Twenty minutes less, a little dimension to the supporting cast (Mahesh Thakur is fine in limited capacity, and Salil Acharya is wasted) and any other conclusion then the stamped upon finale, would have made Aashiqui 2’s day.

By the end, it’s the cliché – and rigid defeatist mindset – that breaks these characters, not the alcohol. I bet this line gives comfort to the multi-billion dollar beverage industry.

The film stars: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Shaad Randhawa, Mahesh Thakur, Salil Acharya, Shubhangi Latkar, Chitrak Bandyopadhyay, Shekhar Shukla, Gagan Gupta, Bugs Bhargava, Gaurav Sharma. Directed by Mohit Suri. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt, Krishan Kumar. Written by Shagufta Rafiqui. Music by Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly and Ankit Tiwari. “Aashiqui 2” is rated U – even with a slight under-the-covers scene that necessitates – and substantiates – for love these days.

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Despite living movies 24/7 (, the writer is still truly, madly, deeply in love with cinema; the root cause of this anomaly requires further clinical trials.

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Comments (10) Closed

Sehrish May 16, 2013 04:41am
Is it copied from some indian site? Coz it is less review of movie and more of directors and movie makers.
Sabih May 16, 2013 09:11am
read again rahul roy is rahul roy from first Aashiqui
Sabih May 16, 2013 09:14am
it was an ok film. and not as bad as everyone wants it to be. songs were nice but nowhere near the original Aashiqui's level. LOL on the last line of the review.
Sabih May 16, 2013 09:10am
and what else do you want from a review sehrish? perhaps a star rating?
Mandeep May 16, 2013 12:46am
cumon have some courage to appreciate if some one does something completely different from whats on presently, It is a great piece of work, will play in cinemas for long! I fully support the good work, stop passing judgement's , grow up
Mandeep May 16, 2013 12:47am
Its Rahul Jakar not Rahul ROy by d way :P
Anahi. May 16, 2013 08:27am
amazing. this is for all hopeless romantics. shraddha <333 and aditya were perfection.
sanketh May 16, 2013 07:00am
i love aashique2
THAKUR May 15, 2013 04:59pm
well movie aashiqui 2 is going great guns and see d review.......... for me it is d best movie with best performances and songs so i dont need any review to check it out............but i am 100% sure and i will see to it that how u review yeh jawaani hai deewani??? coz it has ranbhir u will surely give it good ratings...... one thing i dont know why people r bias?? and why u r comparing it with abhimaan?? have u compared rockstar with old aashiqui?? coz in both movies the old actor is a singer...... haha
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune. May 15, 2013 09:57am
On these days, Indian Cinemas Romantic is almost end up. Today only Realistic hindi films are demanded. There is very little hope of Ashiqui-2 will become successful.