Aashiqui 2 is out in cinemas and expectations for this film were relatively high. Especially with the 1990’s film, Aashiqui, becoming such a huge commercial success. Unfortunately, the movie did not quite perform and the audience was left wanting much more.
Trust me Aashiqui 2 doesn’t even have the capacity to stand next to 1990’s money-spinner Aashiqui. Yes Ashiqui 2 very much reminds you of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1973’s classic Abhimaan starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan).
The film also reminds you of Ananth Mahadevan’s long forgotten flick Dil Vil Pyar Vyar’s that had R.Madhavan and Namrata Shirodkar (if any of you remember the film).
Aashiqui 2 follows the story of two singers. Rahul Jaykar (Amitabh Bachchan), ooops..sorry, I got carried away, Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a singing star. He falls in love with the voice of Aarohi Shirke (Jaya Bhaduri), sorry again, Aarohi Shirke (Shraddha Kapoor) who aspires to be a singer and sings at small joints.
Aarohi sings one of Rahul’s song in a different but unique way (this was new in the script, of course) and on hearing this, Rahul falls for her instantly. Rahul takes it upon himself and decides to make Aarohi a singing star.
He convinces her by building her confidence and even arranges for her audition with the music baron. With Rahul spending so much time and care over Aarohi’s future, predictably they both fall in love.
Aarohi’s career takes off with flying colours. Rahul’s career, however, begins to drop rapidly. There comes a point where Rahul starts hating his own identity, and falls into a dangerous depression. Aarohi makes a difficult decision to save her love life at the expense of her singing career! Because as the films tag line suggests: ‘Love Makes Life Live!’
|The story line fails to offer anything new and exciting to what the audience has already seen before.|
|Both Aditya Roy Kumar and Shraddha Kapoor offer brilliant performances in their respective roles. Shraddha is a promising new star with huge potential to be a credible actor.|
|Mohit Suri’s excellent directing skills is the only thing that held this film together, making the most of his great cast.|
|The camera work was okay in most parts, but the locations were predictable and unexciting.|
|The songs Tum Hi Ho, Sun Raha Hai and Piya Aaye Na stand out in the music by the three directors.|
|Review Scores by Faisal Saif|
As far as the performances are concerned, Aditya Roy Kapur has already proved that he is a brilliant actor and there are no second thoughts about it. He gave a stand out performance and looked at ease in front of the camera. Aashiqui 2 is only worth watching for some breathtaking performances by the leads.
Shraddha Kapoor sounds very promising once again. She has done this challenging role at her ease. This actress will go a very long way provided given her good scripts and roles. Other supporting cast including Shaad Randhawa and Mahesh Thakur who are both good in their respective roles.
Director Mohit Suri who is used to directing thrillers and chillers, tries out a complex romantic story with this film. There is no doubt that he is a good director and he does a great job on the film, but the poor writing by Shagufta Rafique ruins his entire hard work.
There is seriously nothing new in Aashiqui 2 that you haven’t witnessed before in other films. However, Mohit Suri tries extremely hard to save this show with his amazing film-making skills. Sadly, with little success.
The music soundtrack has been created by Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly, and Ankit Tiwari. Overall, it is enjoyable and entertaining. The stand out songs during the film are ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Sun Raha Hai’ and ‘Piya Aaye Na’. Unfortunately they probably won’t be remembered much in the long run.
The camera work is good. The locations were nothing new that you haven’t seen earlier.
To cut the entire review short, don’t even think of comparing anything (including the music) with the 1990’s classic Aashiqui. Those who are die-hard Bhatt-Camp movie fans, please ignore my humble review and proceed to the cinema at your own peril.
To everyone else, let me warn you there are some people out there who are trying to recycle their old brand into a new bottle. This might give you some digestion problems. Skip it.