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Critics' review: Aashiqui 2 misses the quintessential romance

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, April 26, 2013
First Published: 14:10 IST(26/4/2013) | Last Updated: 15:01 IST(26/4/2013)

Film: Aashiqui 2
Director: Mohit Suri
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor
Plot: At the peak of his career, a rock star discovers talent in a shy female singer, whom he falls in love with. While she goes on to become a successful singer, he loses his career and then his mind. She, being the honest girlfriend, then helps him revive his career, and thus, their relationship.
Music: Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly and Ankit Tiwari

Contrary to the hopes pinned upon this much awaited sequel to Mahesh Bhatt's hit film Aashiqui, Mohit Suri's flick Aashiqui 2 does not live up to the expectation. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/4/Aashiqui2.jpgThough the treatment and story has little new or fresh to offer, Aditya Roy Kapur's intense acting skills are widely being appreciated. Read for yourself what the critics think of the film.

Mayank Shekhar, Dailybhaskar
Mayank Shekhar finds the plot of the film confusing. He begins his review ridiculing the plot and says, "This is a film on the dangers of alcohol addiction, subsequent loss of voice, and the end of a musical career." He further clarifies, "Alcoholic Anonymous and similar agencies that work on alcohol dependence issues should ideally co-opt this picture for their public service message. But they may not be quite satisfied with this effort."

Claiming to portray the sins of fame, Aashiqui 2 shows Aditya Roy Kapur as the arrogant famous singer who loses his career. For all the loss and sins of fame, the audience will not know the cause or the story of the protagonist's downfall. 

Shekhar also writes, "It is a film about the transient nature of fame. The ideal subject could have been the original Aashiqui’s lead actors Rahul Roy and Anu Aggrawal themselves. BBC did a lovely documentary on the “one-film wonder” Roy. I met Aggrawal a couple of years ago, her face destroyed by a motor accident, her thoughts still pinned to her glorious past, she almost made me cry. Few people are likely to understand this tragic phenomenon called fame more than those who work in Bollywood that cruelly measures success and worth of artistes almost every week."
Verdict: Why do I always feel that a lot of such characters should be seeing therapists rather than having films made on them? If this went on for any longer, I’d need to see a shrink too.
Rating: **

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Mohit Suri has tried a "terribly tried and tested" method. Saibal writes that this 'old' plot does not have anything new to offer, "Even the lead actors aren't newcomers, so do not expect them to inject any freshness." 

Chatterjee further writes, "The film is obviously meant for a youth audience, which is probably not the easiest segment to inveigle. Aditya Roy Kapoor, in his first full-fledged lead role, exudes the kind of confidence that borders on airiness. He is fine in the lighter moments, but when the drama turns intense, the chinks begin to show. There are situations in the plot that simply aren’t convincing enough, and the young actor can do little to extract something of significance out of them." 

The film has sadly stirred up an old story filled it up with even older cliches and the lead pair perhaps does not have the ability yet to perform to cover up where the script lacks. 
Verdict: Fluffy and flaky, Aashiqui 2 is simply not peppy enough to paper over its cracks. It does not strike any chords. There aren't too many highs in its hackneyed saga of songs and sighs.
Rating: *1/2





Madhureeta Mukherjee, TOI
Madhureeta finds the movie pretty entertaining. She writes for her review, "The real lyric of this story is their romance, pulsating with passion and intensity - on high notes and 'higher spirits'." 

Aashiqui 2 does not hold any resemblance either to the 1990 film Aashiqui (to which Aashiqui 2 is claimed to be a sequel) nor can we spot any inspiration from Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Abhimaan. Mukherjee writes, "Suri's musical love story doesn't bear much semblance to the original 'Aashiqui'; instead it finds its own rhythm." 

As for the acting, "Aditya is likeable in mushy moments, he shows intensity in flashes but sometimes loses grip. A mature role like this demands a lot, nonetheless, it's a good effort." 
Verdict: This could be good soup for the lovers' soul - with a dash of old-world flavour.
Rating: ***1/2

Shomini Sen, IBN
The film certainly rides on high hopes with a title as Aashiqui 2, reminiscent of the 1990 film Aashiqui. Shomini writes, "To make a film with the title 'Aashiqui 2' is not an easy thing as this name carries a baggage of superhit songs and innocent romance." 

The film seems to have some misplaced direction as well, Sen writes, " A beer bar has pictures of Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey on its walls. Okay then." She further says that the movie is completely a predictable romantic film.

Moving on to acting, Sen writes, "Shraddha Kapoor looks beautiful throughout the film. But her performance is..well..too flat..But it's Aditya Roy Kapur who shines as the self destructive super star Rahul Jaykar."
Verdict: Watch it for the shining star - Adita Roy Kapur.

Resham Sengar, Zee News
Sengar believes the film could have turned out better with a little more of an intelligent treatment. Resham writes, "Remaking the 1990`s hit, Aashiqui, was a bright idea, given the adulation for the film still exists in the hearts of the audience. But sadly, Aashiqui 2 has not been given the kind of treatment that a classical on-screen romance should have been given." 

The film also fails to even stand up to its title - Aashiqui (romance). Resham writes, "Aashiqui 2 is quite a clean film unlike the ones that are churned out by the Vishesh Films` factory these days but the quintessential romance element is missing here."

Switching to acting skills of the artists, "The passion between the lead pair is weakened mainly because of Shraddha Kapoor, who can neither emote nor act to intensify the romance. Instead, it is Aditya Roy Kapur who has tried to make things work in the film by being as real as possible while speaking his lines. He puts in genuine efforts to ignite the much-needed spark of passion between him and his on-screen lady love."
Verdict: Aashiqui 2 must be watched only for three reasons: a) If you love Aditya Roy Kapoor; b) If the songs are of your liking; c) Just out of curiosity. Otherwise, watch the one starring Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy and save money.
Rating: **1/2

OUR VERDICT
Going by the reviews, Aashiqui 2 has little to offer if you are looking for a fresh story or awesome cinematic experience. However, Aditya Roy Kapur's acting seems promising. Watch the film, if you must, for Aditya Roy Kapur.

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