Movie Review : Aashiqui 2

Film: Aashiqui 2; Starring: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor; Directed by Mohit Suri; Rating: ***1/2

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Review of aashiqui 2Film: Aashiqui 2; Starring: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor; Directed by Mohit Suri.

It's no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson's 1976 drama "A Star Is Born". And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older (1954) version of the same story.

In spirit and in the way the two principal actors perform their parts of two soul-mates and singers torn asunder by their allegiance to the same competitive spirit of showmanship, "Aashiqui 2" is robustly reminiscent of the Kris Kristofferson-Barbra Streisand film where he discovers a co-singer who steals his heart and also his career.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee made his melodious "Abhimaan" on the same theme. It was easy for Hrishida to portray Jaya Bhaduri as a better artiste than Amitabh Bachchan quite simply because she sang in Lata Mangeshkar's voices. In "Aashiqui 2" the two protagonists are pretty much left to their own devices to create that unbearable frisson between two people whose love is trapped in the whirligig of showbiz. For their love to be liberated from the rituals of competitiveness, one of the lovers must make a huge sacrifice before the end.

For love to live the lover must die. It's a curious tradeoff and one carried off in this film with an exuberance of emotions.

The premise for the plot presumes love to be selfless all-giving and unconditional. Just to see Shradha Kapoor's eyes melt in mutating emotions of unflinching devotion to her alcoholic star-on-the-skids lover is a vision that makes us believe true love still exists. This petite beauty with eyes that never stay silent gives to her part so much heart, you want to just embrace her and protect her from her self-destructive mentor-turned-tormentor.

aashiqui 2 movie reviewAditya Roy Kapoor as a rock star who is rapidly slipping from the charts gives all of himself to the character. And then some more. In Aditya's persona, Rahul becomes a metaphor for all the success in showbiz that goes awry. In pursuit of pleasure derived from the bottle his character becomes a cross between Shah Rukh Khan's Devdas, Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar and Kris Kirstofferson's John Norman Howard.

Like all the heroes of Mahesh Bhatt's cinema, Aditya has to portray a man who frequently creates a scene and embarrases the person he loves the most. This young actor is not afraid to look compromised on screen. A fearless actor, Aditya falters in the higher notes.

But then as I said, the singing here is not quite what we heard Lata Mamgeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar do in "Abhimaan". Having said that it must be admitted that the music by Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari stands by the characters and never lets them down even when the pitch gets really steep. The finely written poetry also helps to furnish the lovers' journey with a feverish and fecund pitch.

"Aashiqui 2" is a film with its heart in the right place. There are many moments of pure cliche between the lovers. And these moments, so deeply entrenched in the conventions of our cinema, blossom into fresh statements on modern love. It's a joy to see writer Shagufta Rafiqui and director Mohit Suri ferret out those feel-good places in the script where the protagonists plonk their emotions with a confidence and conviction that reaches out to the audience.

Movie review of aashiqui 2Is that really acting that we see each time Aditya into Shradha's eyes?

If cinema is all about faking human emotions, then I must admit this film does a very competent job of making us believe that true love still exists in this world.

Man, woman, music,ambitions, dreams and despair... Director Mohit Suri traverses the angst-soaked territory with a sincere and deep understanding of the dynamics that destroy love and trust between couples in the glamorous and competitive profession. Yes, there are some clumsily-written episodes in the love story, for example the character of intrusive struggler who barges into the plot at the start during the opening music concert and again in the climax almost as if he was waiting impatiently in the margins of the screenplay.

What lifts the film beyond the realm of the routine are the jagged edges that the film constructs around the central relationship without wounding the film's fragile core. Full credit to the actors who fill up the screen with a measure of voluptuousness allowing the emotions to spill over without creating an excessive drama. Aditya Roy Kapoor is impressively implosive while Shradha Kapoor plays off against him with a steel willed vulnerability that echoes Jaya Bhaduri in "Abhimaan". Another fine performance comes from Shaad Randhawa as Aditya's friend and manager.

Watching this smoothly-oiled drama of disintegrating love I couldn't help remember Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal's wooden performance in "Aashiqui".

Our cinema has a come a long way, and not always in the right direction. "Aashiqui 2" makes us grateful for the movement of the love story away from the standard Romeo & Juliet format into the dark destructive domain of "A Star Is Born".

Sometimes love is just not enough.

Rating: ***1/2


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  • Posted on: 04 June 2013 at 8:08amjsrkfan

    Excellent movie!! :) Loved Aditya's and Shraddha's performances :))
    Shagufta's storyline is bang on right.
    Loving all the songs. Tum hi ho is the best of the lot. Bhula dena's lyrics are very heart-touching
    Must watch movie for romantics :)))

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  • Posted on: 31 May 2013 at 7:12ambollywoodsinger

    Amazing movie...
    Here's a lovely cover song of Tum Hi Ho you must watch. Search 'Tum hi ho hemina' on youtube and the link will come up...

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  • Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 4:23pmcazwhyso

    This was such an incredibly beautiful film! I can't believe I never saw the original Aashiqui. In the beginning of the movie, it reminded me a lot of Ranbir Kapoor's recent movie Rockstar, with the star turning bad, fighting the media and others etc... However, as the movie progressed I really fell for the story and the way the two characters felt about each other. It did lead me to tears at some points. However, like Rockstar, Aashiqui did have a really abrupt and short ending, whereby characters die. I didn't like this about both movies. Moreover, I didn't like the way Rahul's friend comes back to talk to Arohi and blames her for his death. ALL IN ALL THOUGH, I'd agree with it being the love story of the decade, although the kahaani is left incomplete! However, it was nice to see Arohi doing so well, when asked for her autograph at the end and the way she kept sweet memories of Rahul when writing the signature. I'd have to re-watch Rockstar and see which love story I preferred, Aashiqui may have won me over due to the amazing songs! Just to add: I had never really paid any attention to Tulsi Kumar's voice before this movie and now I have I think I may have found a new favourite singer alongside my current favourite, Shreya Ghoshal.

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  • Posted on: 20 May 2013 at 12:13pmsarcastic_teen

    I haven't seen the movie but from trailers n songs I guess this is an excellent movie. and ya I am a fan of kind a dark love story. I am very much excited to watch it on tv n ya I know this movie is surely rocking

  • Posted on: 05 May 2013 at 2:45amforam.

    the best movie ever
    aditya and shradha are so adorable together

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  • Posted on: 30 April 2013 at 5:07amaniketr

    Saw Aashiqui - 2 and just took time to recollect everything I saw and trust me, it's worth every penny you spend, worth every bit. First had decided to read the reviews of Aashiqui - 2 both off and on net and then think of being there. My biggest mistake I suppose. These so called critiques just ruin or bias your personal thought process and perception. Do you really believe that someone else should decide for you if you need to spend some bucks on a movie? Guess not and it should be a "NO". With some tongue twisting English words, some personalized analysis about a movie sitting on a comfy couch and the "stars" at the end; these should never come in our way in pampering ourselves with movies made out of so much painstaking labor. I would rather ask them, how many stars would "your" movie deserve if you could ever make one? The main problem with them, according to me could be, you know "my perception", that appreciation may be tougher compared to criticism as the former is longer by 3 character than the latter (appreciation is 12 characters and criticism is 9). Guess this could be the only reason for not appreciating something made so "simplistically beautiful" like Aashiqui - 2. You may now think why you should believe me then? Well answer is only one. I am not a paid critique but a common man, so no influence.
    Movie starts with the song Sun raha hai and believe me this will thrill with the power it oozes, so impactful that, the beats, vocals and Aditya Roy Kapoor would lure you into their own world. Rest you be there and help yourself. Some said he did not act well, expressionless, but after watching the movie I felt that they wanted "Kkkiran…." kind of acting or were missing the "chulbulness" of Chulbul Pandey. RJ depicted a man, having a big fan following but already drowned in his own inner grief of self-abandonment and remorse, a book of pain whose even a single word is not known to anyone, like a heart in crowd yet in grim lonesome. I felt tint...

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  • Posted on: 30 April 2013 at 5:02amshivluvestaanu

    This Is Not Just A Movie .. Its A Experience Of Love That To Be Felt ... Aditya - Shraddha , Truely Hatts Off To U Guys .. The Way U Both Look Stunning Together .. The Way U Both Have Done Such A Great .. Watched Aashiqui 2 Twice I.e., On Sunday And Monday .. Really Its Just Not Touches Only My Heart But Also Wake Up My Soul .. The Ending Was Such A Heart - Touching .. I Never Wanted Such Type Of Ending .. They Never Becum One After That .. I Cried How Much Their .. I Can't See Them Like That And When Arohi Remembering Rahul And The " Bhula Dena " Song Lines Is Just Touched My Soul Yaar .. I Couldn't Controlled Myself .. First Time Some Movie Cried Me Lyk This And Twice .. I Wish If Aashiqui 3 Were Cum Den Just Make Them Once .. Please .. Luv U Adi - Shraddha And Aashiqui 2 !!

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  • Posted on: 30 April 2013 at 2:47amLaters.Baby

    its a blockbuster movie..
    i cldn't controlled my tears..both aditya & shraddha did awesome job..
    bang on guys...*CLAPS*

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  • Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 9:42amCavingIn

    A good movie!.
    Both Aditya and Shraddha did brilliant job as Rahul and Arohi.
    And the songs are the highlight.
    Well written and touches cords in the heart.

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  • Posted on: 28 April 2013 at 3:59amRavinanaik

    Wonderfull movie aditya kaprro was brillient...

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