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Aashiqui 2 review: Charming but not convincing!

Aashiqui 2
Mohit Suri
Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Shaad Randhawa
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This is one of those films that build that a franchise on the basis of name alone. So Aashiqui 2 has nothing to do with Aashiqui— a hit whose music is green even today and made instant stars of two awkward-looking debutants.

Here, the story is inspired by the Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya Badhuri starrer Abhimaan (’73). Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapoor) is a singing star whose career is on the downward spiral. His alcoholism and unprofessional attitude is leading him to lose shows and contracts. It doesn’t seem to bother him much.

He accepts the helplessness of the situation that is spiraling out of control. A scene in the film later explains that his success, which he achieved quite suddenly and without struggle led him to the addiction. Now it looks like a point of no return.

That’s till he meets Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor), a local bar singer whose voice he falls in love with. Convinced that she’s star material, he convinces her to come to Mumbai. It’s now a testing time for Rahul as Aarohi’s career rises, and his continues to fall. Will he be able to come to terms with the tables turning?

Writer Shagufta Rafique and director Mohit Suri concentrate more on the relationship and less on the story as a whole. Which is why nothing much happens throughout the film. You have sweet moments between the lovers— their willingness to sacrifice for each other, love for music and the love and respect they have for each other. A departure from the instant romance formula of today’s films, the film takes it easy, giving the characters time to breathe and develop the relationship.

But in doing so, the film remains with too many conversations, repetitive situations, and the story going around in a loop.

What stays with you are the lovingly formulated characters. Rahul comes from a wealthy family, has had success early, but has a Zen-like approach to the material things probably finding something deeper. Aarohi is a decidedly talented and ambitious girl, supporting her parents by singing in bars, who gratefully takes the opportunities that come her way. Loving and feisty at the same time, it’s a refreshingly ‘real’ character written for a heroine

Their romance too is modern and interesting, based on a mutual love for music and a connection that evolves over time.

The story is beautiful and tragic, but one wishes there was more to it. The finale seems unconvincing and that’s the film’s biggest undoing. The film has several clumsy moments – the dialogue when Rahul is at the hospital and he says, for no reason, ‘Iss fracture ne mujhe pairon ki ahmiyat sikha di’ (this fracture has taught me the importance of my legs). Or the emotional dialogue after which Rahul suddenly jumps and promises to join a gym. Unintentionally comical, this. The lead cast does well. Shraddha Kapoor who looks like she’s dropped down from heaven, proves to be a powerhouse performer. Last seen in Teen Patti and Luv Ka The End, Kapoor is total star-material! Aditya Roy Kapoor (Action Replayy, ) is very good as the troubled singer who generously promotes a new talent. It’s a challenging role with a lot of intense emotions and Kapoor does well.

The music is a bit disappointing. One would have expected the Aashiqui franchise to have music as memorable as the first one; especially since this a film based on music.

Neither a searing romance, nor a damp squib, this one falls somewhere in the middle. Worth relishing are the two young talented actors, and the sweet romantic story. Forgive the bizarre ending and awkward spaces in the film, and you have a fairly decent watch.

Rating: Two and a half stars


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