Aashiqui 2 – Film Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 26, 2013 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt, Krishan Kumar
DIRECTOR – Mohit Suri
WRITER – Shagufta Rafiqui
CAST – Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Mahesh Thakur
MUSIC – Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly, Ankit Tiwari
Passionate love stories will never stop capturing the imaginations of Bollywood. If it isn’t re- inventing legendary romances, it is busy creating teeny bopper’s heart-warming trysts with love where the first brush with love becomes a blush that paints the entire life. The kind of love that is full of longing, pain and that wistful inseperability we all dream of. Aashiqui (1990) was one such teeny-bopper sob-love story that captured the hearts of an entire generation while making one-film wonder stars of its lead Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal. It also gave us simplistic but immensely popular music that wrapped up yet elevated the earthy nature of the film.
Aashiqui-2, an extension of the brand, a habit with the Bhatt camps aims to take this legacy forward. So we have middle-class Arohi (Shraddha Kapoor) yearning to become a singer and a has-been star Rahul (Aditya Roy Kapoor) yearning for her to make it. He spots her singing in a bar and brings heaven and earth together to ensure she succeeds. In the process both fall in love but Rahul’s drinking habit and a waning career plays spoil-sport, not to mention his insistence on self-pity. Will their Aashiqui survive the test of time? This question tries hard to keep us hooked when everything from performances to story keeps falling lower.
The film begins on a nice note and carries it forward with care too. But that’s only till the first half an hour. For an almost 2 and half hour film that is too little. There is pain in Aditya Roy Kapur’s eyes and innocence in Shraddha’s that hooks us to want to know the passionate love story of these two. But a romance is not a detached concept to be savoured in isolation, it is an outcome of what the two people involved are like. The flakiest of love stories engages us with the characters first but here we have nothing to invest ourselves in Rahul or Arohi for us to watch them or weep for them.
Also, the film seems to operate in a weird space, its reality being totally removed from anything we know. Spatially it is unrecognisable as completely India or a foreign country. Culturally it is empty and morally it is so archaic even the 50’s films seem progressive in comparison. The decision’s Rahul’s and Arohi’s characters take wouldn’t be difficult to digest or accept otherwise.
Otherwise, the film faithfully fits into the mass-produced films that regularly come out of Bhatt factory. Expansive houses that are totally impersonal. Squeaky clean frames that aren’t beautiful. A breathless mix of drama and emotion handled with immaturity and actors that lower the performance bar. Aditya Roy Kapur fits the role of a drunk, angst driven, temperamental artist and holds enough emotion in his eyes to pass muster but fails miserably when it comes to emotional outbursts. Shraddha Kapoor looks pretty and dainty, sometimes a little too much and seems to do a decent job of her middle-class, love-lorn girl, until the love-lorn-ness becomes a one note expression that does nothing for an otherwise insipid presence.
For a music-related film and a romance, Aashiqui-2 churns out the same template that every Vishesh films movie has. Bland, dull, and very commonplace, it does nothing to amp the emotional quotient or intensity of a film that is anyways a sinking ship.