Aashiqui 2 Review

Aashiqui back in 1990 managed to become a huge hit on the strength of it’s music alone. It wasn’t a classic and didn’t obviously warrant a sequel. Well, this film isn’t one, in the truest sense of the word. The Bhatt’s probably decided that it was time to milk the audience of some more of their money and started this franchise instead. The music and the clever marketing campaign has built up the hype, but let’s see analyse if the film is worth all the hype.

Story: The film deals with the fickle fallacy of fame. It is centered around a down in the dumps Rockstar called Rahul Jaykar or RJ (played by Aditya Roy Kapur) lying about in a bar in Goa wasting his talent and career, when he chances upon the bar singer Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor). He decides to train Aarohi and they eventually end up falling for each other. Things get muddled up when the alpha male ego crops up in RJ. But Alas, inspite of having a pretty dramatic storyline (partly inspired by Abhimaan and partly inspired by Rockstar) things fall flat towards the end. All is certainly not well because it does not end well. That is a disappointment considering the premise had some potential.

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Direction: Mohit Suri returns to direction after a decent gap, by his standards, and disappoints. It was built up as an intense romantic saga and from where I come, intense romantic sagas need to be fluid and have uniformity inspite of the upheavals that take place in regards to the story. Another major drawback of the film is in the drivel they passed out as dialogues. Who talks like that in these times?

The cinematography is adequately appropriate for the tone of this film. The concert scenes are straight out of Rock On and Rockstar. And, that’s a compliment. They manage to clone the exuberant atmosphere of concerts pretty well. The editing is off the mark and you feel as if the film stretches out for a bit too long towards the end. Something which caught my eye was that it did not look or feel like a low budget film even though it was one! Special marks for the production design.

Music and Background Score: When you hear the songs of ‘Aashiqui’ still being played 23 years after its release, you know the makers had a task on their hands while creating the music for this one. I would say, the music redeems the film somewhat. Songs like ‘Tum Hi Ho,’ ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’ and ‘Chahun Main’ are already scorching music charts all over the country. The legacy of the soundtrack, however, remains to be seen. The background score on the other hand, doesn’t match up the songs even though they are a continuation of the musical theme. A little more effort here would have have been appreciated.

Performances: For a film which is centered around just two people madly in love, you expect the actors playing the parts to do justice to their roles. Thankfully enough, both Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur have gotten a lot better from their previous outings in front of the camera and that’s not to say they are great in this film. ARK plays the brooding, Devdas’ish RJ with a lot of restrained anger. The effort is visible in his performance and that’s not a compliment. He has improved a lot and should carry on doing whatever he’s been doing to carry on that journey. Shraddha Kapoor is adorable, charming and yet somehow isn’t a patch on the Kajols and Kareenas. She’d get better with age and experience. Also, the chemistry between her and Aditya isn’t as flawless as it’s meant to be.

Conclusion: Aashiqui 2 is neither a sequel nor a full blown love story. What it is, is a damp squib. If you liked the music, if you have a lot of time and money to spare, if you are out on a date then this film is for you. But if you don’t fulfill any of those requirements, then stay away. Watch ‘Iron Man 3’ or the classic ‘Abhimaan’ at home instead.

Box Office: Going by the opening the film has taken (40% which is fantastic for a film without stars) and theatres filled with lovestruck couples, the film should be a decent success. The demand for romantic dramas will take Aashiqui 2 across the finishing line.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Aashqiui 2 Review by Zayden

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20 Comments

  • Dont agree with the review. It was a much better movie than 2 stars. Performances were good. Shraddha I thought stood out with a very good performance, wasnt expecting much from her. Aditya was also good.

    A little depressing and sad, but worth a watch.

    3 stars




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  • My review of Aashiqui 2

    If a musical, why is it supposed to be only with playback singers as the lead? And if a love-story, why it should only be ruined & ruled over by professional egos, desire, fame, frustration over failures making one of the love-birds crawl towards nearest bar? Haven’t we had seen similar stuffs before in Indian cinema?

    But I think, bollywood is not finished & tired of it so far. So, now we have Mohit Suri’s so called musical love-story Aashiqui 2. ‘So called’ because it deals with personal problems & professional turmoils of two individuals more than the intensity & warmth of being in love together. The complexities in relationship are foreseen here as soon as you come to know that a fading superstar singer is falling in love with a promising voice of tomorrow. Rest you only wait for your presumptions hitting the bull’s eye sooner or later. The writer and director sure try their best to blow twists on your faces [the end is one of them] but it doesn’t work too much because even they come back to the same whatever you had in your mind.

    On the positive side, it’s the music that scores over the rest. If not quaking your emotions meticulously, it definitely creates ripples in your heart. And how can one snatch credit from Aditya Roy Kapoor? He is the most convincing-competent & comfortable in possibly every frame he appears. Shraddha gets it right for the most part though her dialogue delivery needs serious makeover. With a wooden face that merely expresses anything, Shaad Randhawa puts you off every time he tries to open his mouth.

    Fresh pairing, soulful music and Aditya Roy Kapoor, Aashiqui 2 had its chances but the predictability, expectations, overtly exposed set-up and the baffles in the script kill them ruthlessly. Better watch its song videos on YouTube! They have replay button also there which I am sure you’ll be using more than once.

    [2/5]




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  • I don’t agree with the Reviews.

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan murdered the love essence in me but AashiQui 2 made it alive.. ♥




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  • indicine team: for first time I would tell u that ur review is a bullshit!!! what the hell!!!! u don’t even know how to judge a film!!! a film to die for.. fabulous actors.. great music.. a wonderful love story.. even better than part one ( At least Sharda kapoor is a talented actress, beautiful and got a strong presence on the screen, unlike the actress in part one!!). Moreover it’s partially like Abhiman but not like Rockstar!! Rockstar was about a girl who’s engaged to a man and was in love with another Ranbir and couldn’t stay apart or live without her lover.. but Aashiqui was another story!! ppl don’t believe in reviews.. whoever loves to see a nice romantic film with some great songs., this film is for you




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  • great movie and songs above review is written without watching movie……………….quit reviewing the movies




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  • Saw it 3 times at cinema, not only me but my sister n my niece too.. this film is like a drug.. wl make u addicted.. Aditya Roy Kapoor is so handsome and I think if he’s smart enough to select hind roles In movies.. he’ll make it to the top, Sharada too




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  • Most of the dialoges of this movie are realy nice and songs too.
    This is my best of best movie.
    I give 5 out of 5 stars.




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  • really cannot beleive that Indicine has given such a bad review for a film like ASHIQUI 2 its an awesome film, I m staying K S A and during my vacation I seen this film in India in the month of may 2013 beleive me its is one the best romantic film I seen in the recent years

    all dialoque all sequences all songs everything is beyond expectation

    BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR




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