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Movie Review: Aashiqui 2


Hitting the wrong notes
SAIBAL CHATTERJEE | New Delhi, April 27, 2013 12:14
Tags : Ashiqui 2 | Movie review | Aditya Roy Kapoor | Shraddha Kapoor |


He is a singing superstar on the wane, she a wannabe nightingale. The former, after crushing the latter’s bag of vegetables under an SUV driven in a drunken stupor, hears the girl croon in a Goa pub. The boy falls head over heels in love, first with the voice and then with the person.
The first 20 minutes or so of Aashiqui 2, devoted to the first tremulous flush of amour, are promising. But once the stage is set, the film goes downhill, playing out along expected lines.
The hard-drinking male protagonist goes out of his way to promote the girl and launches her into showbiz stratosphere. A star is born and, predictably, true love is the first casualty.
The relationship is put to the test as the boy feels increasingly overshadowed as the girl’s career zooms and his goes into a tailspin.
We have seen the story before in the numerous versions of A Star is Born (brought alive on the screen by the likes of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand) and, closer home, in Abhimaan, which was made all of 40 years ago.
Shraddha Kapoor is no Jaya Bhaduri, the lanky Aditya Roy Kapoor does not have the chops to put Amitabh Bachchan in the shade, and director Mohit Suri, who has built his career principally around a spate of competently mounted thrillers, is no patch on Hrishida when it comes to delineating human nuances.
But that is certainly not to say that Aashiqui 2 is a complete washout. The young lead pair, neither of whom is actually a newbie, makes the most of the limited opportunities that Shagufta Rafique’s screenplay offers.
Aditya Roy Kapoor has obvious potential as a Bollywood leading man, but Aashiqui 2 isn’t quite the calling card that could launch a thousand great roles. He gives the role his best shot; the role does not quite reciprocate in kind.
Shraddha Kapoor is a pretty girl who seems quite comfortable tackling the lower emotional notes of the character’s graph. But neither she nor the male lead is able to pull off the more intense scenes with the same degree of felicity.
The impact of a musical love story hinges essentially on the songs. The Aashiqui 2 repertoire is good at times, not that great at others, and certainly never outstanding.
The 1990 smash hit directed by Mahesh Bhatt was anything but a masterly film – it was assured a permanent place in Bollywood history solely on account of an unforgettable music album that launched the careers of composers Nadeem-Shravan and singer Kumar Sanu.
Aashiqui 2 has absolutely nothing new to offer either by way of talent or in terms of narrative ideas. The storyline is hackneyed, the romance is old world, and the musical score reeks of a degree of mustiness. It’s certainly not the greatest love story ever told. 

Director: Mohit Suri

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor

Category: Romantic


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