Movie Review: Aashiqui 2 (2013)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Block Buster

He sings. She sings. He, for his stardom. She, for her supper. And the twain meet. In a restrobar, where she croons and he swoons. And Aashiqui is born. Again! Retelling the celebrity story that stardom ain’t an easy ride. It sometimes vrooms and then goes sputter, the fuel of celebdom often running out. Like Rahul Jaykar (Aditya) discovers; once basking in a ‘rockstar’ like status, but soon losing it to alcohol, addiction and self-deprecation. But when he meets budding singer Aarohi (Shraddha), his heart finds a new beat and his crumbling life finds a cause. He trains her to become the Nightingale of India; she shines while he stays her shadow; sometimes sober, mostly stoned. The real lyric of this story is their romance, pulsating with passion and intensity – on high notes and ‘higher spirits’.

Since the past couple of years, Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films has only invested in sequels: JANNAT 2, MURDER 3, RAAZ 3… but it’s after a really long gap, of 23 years to be precise, that the premier production house and Bhushan Kumar [of T-Series] revisit one of their triumphant stories — AASHIQUI. A film that revolutionized the music industry then.

AASHIQUI 2 bears no resemblance to its namesake. This one prides itself with a contemporary plot, has far more complex and intricate drama and offers abundant scope to its lead actors to display histrionics. At the same time, Mohit shoulders a colossal responsibility because the soundtrack was a game changer… it is, in fact, dew fresh to this date. Although it would be unfair to compare Mohit with either Hrishi-da [who directed ABHIMAAN] or Mahesh Bhatt [who helmed AASHIQUI], I must add that Mohit’s take on romance and heartbreak is compelling in entirety. Actually, AASHIQUI 2 is more of vintage stuff. It demonstrates, in abundance, the romance we witnessed in the 1970s and 1980s, which is misplaced in Hindi movies in the present day.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “AASHIQUI 2 brings romance back on the Hindi screen — intense, pure, selfless and heart wrenching. “
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “AASHIQUI 2 is a gamble taken by the Bhatt camp and T series and it will pay off. The youth are going to love it.”
3.5 “This could be good soup for the lovers’ soul – with a dash of old-world flavour.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Aashiqui 2 not only boasts of an intense love story but also solid performance by the lead cast.”
Yahoo Movies
3.0 “Neither a searing romance, nor a damp squib, this one falls somewhere in the middle. Worth relishing are the two young talented actors, and the sweet romantic story.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Mohit Suri’s story comes across more as a documentary on alcoholism with a few songs thrown in than a love story.”
2.5 “Aashiqui 2 is an endless romantic saga that may somewhat work with the Mills & Boons junkies but for the practical new age lot, the film will bore you to death. “
2.5 “Watch the one starring Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy and save money.”
Zee News
2.5 “The climax of the film is not up to the mark and will disappoint you. Watch this movie only if you are a die hard fan of Bhatt movies or have nothing else to do.”
One India
Negative Reviews
2.0 “This is a film on the dangers of alcohol addiction, subsequent loss of voice, and the end of a musical career.”
2.0 “Mohit Suri’s Aashiqui 2 rambles on about a love story that turns into a convoluted mess because of alcoholism.”
2.0 “Winsome music plays a huge role in this film, but it’s not without its dull moments.”
2.0 “It is an ordinary product despite the association of big banners like T Series, Bhatt brothers, Mahesh and Mukesh as producers and Mohit Suri as director.”
2.0 “Suri tries to lend a “timeless love story” feel to his film, but ends up making a love story with no soul, no substance and certainly no sense.”
Blog Reuters
1.5 “In Aashiqui 2, what probably started as an interesting story idea — troubled artists, dynamics in a relationship — eventually got buried under the debris of random motifs from previous hits delivered by the Bhatt camp.”
1.5 “This trite and tested formula has nothing new to offer. The lead pair are passable and the music score is patchy.”

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