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Aashiqui 2 Review : Bouquet of Love, Pain and Music!!!

Dated : April, 26, 2013 BY Divya Solgama

Ratings : star


I still remember the time when the first audio cassette of 'Aashiqui' was released in end of 1989. Film was produced by the T-Series honcho - Gulshan Kumar, whose last few produced films like 'Lal Duppata Malmal Ka' & 'Bahar Aane Tak' which were big musical hits. Thus, right from the first music promo of 'Aashiqui' the songs made their mark. The album was instant hit at the time of its release and few more songs were added later. There was no information about the lead pair, but the poster with the boy and girl inside a coat was interesting and raised the curiosity level. The movie got released after 6-9 months, which helped the music of the film to grow more. The film was a big comeback for the director Mahesh Bhatt. It was first of its type where people went to watch this film just for its songs. The songs of 'Aashiqui' were one of the biggest reasons for the change of music scenario in the film industry, which was going through very bad phase. It's been almost two decades and the songs are still as fresh as they were at the time of its launch. Thus making it difficult for its fans to accept anything else in the name of 'Aashiqui'. Bhushan Kumar, son of Gulshan Kumar too must have faced the same problems but he still went ahead and made 'Aashiqui 2'. So let's find out whether, 'Aashiqui 2' may carry forward its original versions legacy or might be just another sequel from the bhatt's came trying to cash in over its initial films past glory. Aashiqui 2 Review


'Aashiqui 2' is story of a singer Rahul / RJ {Aditya Roy Kapoor}, who is facing a downfall in his life. A great person by heart, but a hard core alcoholic due to which he ruin his successful career. One fine day he meets Arohi Shirke {Shraddha Kapoor}, a singer in a local bar. Attracted to her voice and dedication towards singing, RJ invites her to Mumbai to launch her as a singer. RJ grooms her so well that Arohi is accepted all over and becomes an established singer. In this process both fall in love with each other and want to spend their lives together. But RJ has to get rid of his alcohol addiction, what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

Story might remind you films like Amitabh-Jaya's 'Abhimaan', Dev Anand-Tina Munim's 'Manpasand', Aamir Khan-Manisha Koirala's 'Akele Hum Akele Tum' and even Mohit Suri's 'Woh Lamhe'. But despite of having similarities with all these films, 'Aashiqui 2' has its own style and storytelling. It's simple and straight to the point. Mahesh Bhatt's films are known for good performance, hard hitting scenes and fantastic music; one can find all these positive points here, too. Film has fantastic dialogs, which are realistic and heart touching. The film comprises of scenes like the whole Aaditya-Shraddha meet at the bar followed by Aaditya trying to convince her to come to Mumbai, Aaditya firing Shaad Randhawa, Aaditya's frustration in a party followed by Shraddha crying outside her residence, Aaditya weakens out and opt back for drinking at the concert followed by the finale chapter. Aashiqui 2 Movie Review On the flip side things move pretty fast in the first half and looks bit unconvincing. Also some scenes looked repetitive and over stretched at times. The journalist scene where he tries to instigate Aaditya was terrible along with the autograph scene which was straight lift from the classic film 'Abhimaan'. Second half could have been more intense and crisp, rather than becoming bit boring at times. Camera work is superb and works in favor of the film.

Music & Direction:

Now, if we compare the music of 'Aashiqui 2' with 'Aashiqui', this one does not stand even close to it. But the whole purpose of 'Aashiqui' was to re-establish melody in that era and even out here 'Aashiqui 2' tries to attempt the same and succeeds in its own way. Songs like 'Tum Hi Ho', 'Sun Raha Hain', 'Hum Mar Jaayenge' and 'Piya Aaye Na' are mind blowing. They are haunting and melodies and will stay with you for a long period. One can feel the love and pain in these songs thanks to its brilliant lyrics by Mithoon, Sandeep Nath and Irshad Kamil. Music directors Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Ganguly have done a decent job and succeed in bringing back good melody back in today's time of loudspeaker music. Aashiqui 2 Wallpaper Director Mohit Suri is one of the talented directors from the Bhatt camp and has glimpse of Mahesh Bhatt's type of direction. Mohit prefers to keep his film simple and more inclined on the emotional part. Loved the way he designs the character of his lead pair. He manages to extract fantastic performance by the lead pair which works in the favor of the film.


Aaditya Roy Kapoor had impressed everyone with his performance in 'Guzaarish' and was equally bad in 'Action Replayy'. Whereas, here he is fantastic and gives a rocking performance. He is totally in his character and expresses his dilemma and pain through his performance and facial expressions. Shraddha Kapoor looks cute and beautiful. Her silent suffering adds the depth to the film. Even her hugs to Aaditya make you believe that things will be fine. Together they form a great chemistry. Shaad Randhawa and Mahesh Thakur lend good support. Mahesh Bhatt's vocal appearance is welcomed.

So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum hain, total Dum hain in terms of a matured love story. People who love such films will cherish this musical journey. The target audience {teenagers} might shy away or fail to connect over this film as they might find it outdated. But for all those who love simple, straight, matured love story this is a must watch for them. As for me it's like a bouquet of Love, Pain & Music packed in original Bhatt style of films.
  • Ratings: 3.75/5

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