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. Though 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.
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.