Movie Review: Aashayein (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

aashayeinPractically every new-age film-maker wants to attempt a real story on celluloid. Stories which are straight out of life/newspapers/news channels. These stories, generally, strike a chord with the ticket buying audience if narrated convincingly and most importantly, narrated within commercial parameters.

Nagesh Kukunoor has been a frontrunner as far as choosing and narrating real stories are concerned. AASHAYEIN too seems like ‘our’ story. Here’s a man who suddenly discovers that he has a few months to live. The indomitable spirit of living life to the fullest, under all circumstances, is what you expect from him. But AASHAYEIN gets so bizarre and abstract that you feel anesthetized after a point. Sadly, you don’t react to the characters, you don’t react to the film either.

Like Kukunoor’s previous attempts, AASHAYEIN is sensitively told and has several poignant and heart wrenching moments, but the story strays from realism and ends up being a fantasy, which leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The entire RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK track, with John imagining himself in Harrison Ford’s boots, is weird.

AASHAYEIN is a story of a compulsive gambler who discovers new meanings of fortune and life through a dramatic turn of events. AASHAYEIN is a tale Rahul’s journey from darkness to light. A journey about love, hate, death and above all hope.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “Aashayein is sure to hold your attention with its gentle grace and dignity”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Aashayein Not compelling enough”
2.5 “John Abraham starrer Aashayein is not a bad film but at the same time it doesn’t deserve to be called a good film either”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Aashayein might be having its heart in the right place but doesn’t entirely appeal to the mind”
2.0 “Another disappointment from Kukunoor”
1.5 “AASHAYEIN falters and fails on the writing level”
1.5 “AASHAYEIN doesn’t offer much hope. It only brings Nirashayein.”
1.5 “AASHAYEIN….Naah”
1.0 “Aashayein is a hopeless film”

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