Tum Bin 2 Review by Bollywood Hungama
When TUM BIN 2’s promos were released, it gave the audience a glimpse of a musical experience that the film offered. The film, in totality, does live upto the expectations that the trailers offered. The screenplay of TUM BIN 2 (Anubhav Sinha) seems heavily inspired by TUM BIN. It’s a typical conventional story that has been witnessed in Bollywood before. The presence of loopholes in the film’s screenplay does, at times, make the film less convincing (more towards the second half). Despite all this, it’s the treatment that’s meted to TUM BIN 2, which makes it worthwhile. Even though the film does not boast of any kind of memorable one liners, the film’s dialogues are lucid without going over the top. Even though the humour element is present in the film, it is in negligible proportion. Do not miss the ‘India meets Pakistan’ scene in the film, in order to know what we are talking about. After having directed the sci-fi RA.ONE, Anubhav Sinha had been missing from the scene for some time now. His directorial work in TUM BIN 2 makes up for his absence. While the film’s first half sets up the ambience and the plot of the film, the film’s second half appears a far bit stretched. The drama that unfolds during the second half is way too cliché, something that Bollywood has witnessed many times in the past. Even though Anubhav Sinha stays true to the script and the legacy of TUM BIN, there are times when the film tends to go astray. Had the length of the second half of the film been a bit shorter, it definitely could have worked in the favour of the film. The ‘oscillation’ of the girl between her two lovers seems to test the patience of the viewers after a certain point.
Tum Bin 2 Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
There’s also an attempt to establish that first loves may not be for ever, and how it is perfectly possible, even acceptable, to move on. You start paying attention, hoping that the film will go down that path, and then wham, a lid comes down on that thread. There’s a cop-out and it goes right back into old, old ways of settling such unseemly conflict: understanding vibes between the two men who decide for the girl what she really wants, an over-cooked plot garnished with lots of contrivances, and swelling violins which tell us that it’s time to bring the glycerine out.
Tum Bin 2 Review by Sameeksha on News18
Tum Bin never actually thrived on its actors neither does Tum Bin 2. Aditya Seal is a good talent to keep an eye on, Neha Sharma is also good in some parts. It feels like even makers didn’t expect it to be a blockbuster, thus ended up making a somewhat breezy mostly average watch for the sake of the prequel. There are no thrills and predictability of the film weighs it down. The climax scene has been shot on VFX and it kills the mood. Overall the film thrives on its emotional quotient and the picturesque locales in Scotland. Since it has nothing new to offer, it comes across as just another mediocre film. Go for it if you are love typical Bollywood romance and cheesy love lessons, otherwise, catch its television premiere on a good lazy afternoon.
Tum Bin 2 Review by Rajat Tripathi on Bollywood Life
Tum Bin is a shiny bright red balloon that is floating upwards towards a pointed needle. You want a gush of wind to sway away the balloon from its path, but fate and the director has other plans. Overall, Tum Bin 2 is sweet, well acted, and heightens its impact with the beautiful music. Watch it for sure if you swear by PS I Love You, Aashiqui 2, The Fault in Our Stars and such.
Tum Bin 2 Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
Tum Bin 2 is neither a sequel, nor a sob fest but Anubhav Sinha’s tribute to his own 2001 surprise hit ‘Tum Bin’. The second instalment is an earnest remake of the original with a few minor twists. Interestingly, Sinha retains the pulse of the original – ‘melancholy’ and breathes new life into it by altering the story a bit and casting fresh faces with most doing justice to his sensibility. But can an ‘old-fashioned’ tale appeal to the Tinder generation that is lured into judging concepts like commitment and sacrifices? It certainly does and in fact comes as a breath of fresh air, albeit with an over-sentimental second half that drags incessantly.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The appeal of the exercise begins to wear thin as soon as the beautiful frames, the eye-popping locations and the wannabes who are in the drama begin to look and sound drably monotonous. Tum Bin 2 is competently mounted, visually lush and musically strong. But in terms of substance, this sequel is too long and too bland to be able to recapture the dramatic traction of the original tearjerker, which, too, had no star power.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
When a film doesn’t have a plot, even good performances can’t save it from sinking. ‘Tum Bin 2’ is like any other love triangle story and seems more like a holiday trip for the film’s team. The only good thing about ‘Tum Bin 2’ is its melodious music, good-looking actors and their fair performances. If you think this is how a love story is supposed to be, trust me, you wouldn’t want to have one. We advise you to watch ‘Tum Bin 2’ with a box full of tissues!
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Neha Sharma is the only known face in the lead cast, but the two lads have performed decently enough for newcomers. Aashim looks like a poor man’s Abhishek Bachchan in certain frames and resembles Aditya Roy Kapur at times while Aditya is refreshingly boyish, but his character is quite irritating-for no reason, Shekhar starts spouting philosophical lines and comes across as way too ‘sanskari’. On her part, Neha does her ‘doe-eyed’ act, which is not so convincing. Kanwaljeet Singh, who plays the dignified patriarch, is a treat to watch as always. The two actresses, who play Taran’s sisters are much better than the lead cast, in fact.
Review by Anupama Chopra on Hindustan Times
These insanely boring conversations on love and longing are punctuated by half a dozen forgettable songs. In the second half, Amar and Shekhar feel like they are playing a game of ‘she loves me, she loves me not’. It’s impossible to follow whom she really loves and why, and frankly you’re long past caring. Neha Sharma, who plays the woman inciting this furious devotion, retains a single expression of anguish on her face. Aashim Gulati is even more stilted. The only spark comes from Aditya Seal, who looks appropriately conflicted. He was probably trying to figure out what was going on. We still are.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Performance wise, it’s an earnest approach where Neha Sharma does her part well in her capacity. New comers Aashim Gulati, Aditya Seal are fine. We didn’t expect a moon from them either. Seasoned performer Kanwaljit Singh is fantastic. Sandali Sinha – the lead actress from the original appears for a one scene cameo and looks good. Production values are rich and in technicalities Ewan Mulligan’s Cinematography is marvelous.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Tum Bin II’s out-dated twists, needless complications and comical confusion over the sacrificial lamb prolongs the rona dhona by a good half an hour and still cannot settle who loves whom or if at all.
Review by Bryan Durham on DNA India
The cinematography for sure. It’s an immaculately shot film. Everybody is filthy rich in this movie and the landscape makes you want to move to wherever in the UK this is. Aditya Seal comes off as the best of the newcomers. He’s got a charm and niceness about him that’s rare these days. Shekhar’s gay friends are not treated as caricatures, thankfully.
Review by Suhani Singh on India Today
Tum Bin 2 takes its tag of a romantic musical too seriously. The first song comes in the first five minutes, and then after every 15 minutes there is yet another ballad which sounds like the song preceding it. What Anubhav Sinha’s film desperately needed is an editor with scissorhands for the film moves at a snail’s pace with far too many slo-mo sequences and get-togethers where the leads keep gazing at each other or exchanging forlorn looks. Neha Sharma is committed to being dejected and also looking perpetually freezing given she for most part is made to wear sleeveless clothes while everyone – even the Scots – around is covered up in warm ones. Arriving 15 years after the first one, Tum Bin 2 is stale, all-too-familiar, superfluous sequel that never strikes the one place it really should – the heart.
Review by Mohar Basu on Mid-Day India
The movie, which hardly qualifies as a sequel, is at best his grand homage to one of his biggest successes. Why attempt a remake? One would presume it is to cash in on the film’s recall value but we wouldn’t so much as question his sincerity. At least, in the first half, he makes the cynical generation of flings buy into the old-fashioned blabber about forever-kinda love. There are a few genuine pangs to feel for the bereaved heroine, Taran (her fiancé dies in a skiing accident) and the chap’s old father who is left devastated. Neha Sharma and Kanwaljit Singh are smooth, doing justice to their roles.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Neha Sharma is in every second frame, making her performance directly proportional to the film’s success. Sadly, she sobs with dry eyes and when they do well up, her expressions iron out. Aditya Seal mumbles his lines with the enthusiasm of a debutant (even though he isn’t one) and becomes much to bear when his character goes off his head. Aashim Gulati could pass for a poor man’s Siddharth Malhotra or an affluent man’s Aditya Roy Kapur. Being the least proficient actor in the cast, his screen time is timed accordingly. Veteran actor Kanwaljit Singh is the only one who has a clue about expressions that follow a certain emotion. But unfortunately, even he can’t save this sinking ship.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The problem lies with the awful, simply awful lead actors. Neha Sharma’s kissy face and crying face are the same open-lipped surprise. She’s the Girl in love with both Boy1 and Boy2. That’s a cool thing, you’d think, but if only she had acting chops or if the boys did not look like the generic lads who frequent the gym (posing for the mirrors).
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Tum Bin 2 is not a frightfully measured and even-toned look at the caprices of the heart. It could have gone a much longer way with a less self-indulgent narrative mode. Silences among characters are fine. But here they seem to punctuate their lack of self-confidence. The narrative loses its intended vision of maturity in unnecessarily prolonged confrontations between the heroine and the two men who just love to love her and often end up shining and sniveling like a duo of Devdases nursing a selfpitying broken heart after a night of drinking with Chunnilal. This one has more than its fair share of flaws. But it isn’t unwatchable. The film’s high aesthetic qualities make sure of that.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
Written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, the film lacks freshness in its writing and the dialogues are verbose and hackneyed. The treatment of the film too, is expected and there is no hook to keep the audience engaged. He treads cautiously, keeping the old framework intact but makes changes, where there was no need.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
It is not like the performances are awful. Sure, they aren’t the greatest but they aren’t the kind that you usually get in films with this budget and this style of execution. Aditya Seal and Neha Sharma actually emote aptly. While the same cannot be said about Aashim Gulati, the rest of the supporting cast do well to keep things real. Given that the various departments of film are just about average but not below average, the culprit in pulling it down might as well be the pace. With a song at every turn, even if it is running in the background and not lip-synced, the film is quite slow.
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