Films | Tum Bin 2- Movie Review

Tum Bin 2- Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on November 20, 2016 | No Comments

FILM – Tum Bin 2

PRODUCER – Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Anubhav Sinha

DIRECTOR – Anubhav Sinha

WRITER – Anubhav Sinha

CAST – Neha Sharma, Aashim Gulati, Aditya Seal

MUSIC – Ankit Tiwari

Tum Bin came in 2001 with a new star cast (some of them seen on TV), a fresh visual palette coupled with a certain maturity and sensitivity lacking in mainstream films. It went onto become a sleeper hit and deservedly won its protagonists several awards and nominations for debut performance. Fifteen years hence, we see it turned into a franchise banking on past goodwill.

Tum Bin 2 sets itself up as a proper romantic film but without the mainstream melodrama attached to the genre. Its plotline is similar to the first film with a few departures here and there that could have served the film better if treated better.

Written and directed by Anubhav Sinha who helmed the earlier one as well, the second part seems rather shallow in exploring the variety of emotions its story contains. There is a palpable romance among its leads but little chemistry and palpable camaraderie between loved ones but the performances leave a lot to be desired. The cast, almost newcomers except the lead Neha Sharma seem unable to carry the emotional heft of their characters journeys reducing it to words and tears. One does understand the dilemmas of leaving the past behind but unfortunately the protagonists are unsuccessful in making us live it with them.

Of the trio, Aditya Seal is most impressive lending a necessary stoicism to the very apparent vulnerability of his character. Aashim Gulati almost sleepwalks through his part but it is Neha Sharma’s Taran that lets the film down miserably. The film centres around her, as it did around Sandali Sinha’s Pia. We even have an older Pia, Sandali Sinha in a cameo, make an appearance to console the heartbroken Taran but it is not enough to infuse Taran’s dilemmas with helplessness enough to move the audience. Her love, her pain, her confusion and loss are seen through the frowns, grimaces and tears but not the eyes and smiles.

For a romantic film, Tum Bin 2 has suitably beautiful locales and beautiful people doing fun things together. But it has very run-of-the-mill music except the Rekha Bhardwaj version of the Jagjit Singh original ‘Koi Fariyaad’, which is still a favourite among music lovers.

Tum Bin appeared fresh because Bollywood had then newly begun telling stories of India’s NRIs and upper middle class. Dil Chahta Hain came in the same year and the Dharma/ YRF model of the same was different. Tum Bin 2 comes at a time where this is such a regular feature it is difficult to tell two new films apart. Maybe that is it’s undoing too, that there really seems like nothing new or different in its entire package while the tried and tested things are banal.

Fatema Kagalwala

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