Aashiqui 2: Tuneless tale
Mohit Suri may have done the impossible and crammed every single romantic movie clichĂ© in â€śAashiqui 2â€ť. There are traces of the 1973 hit â€śAbhimaanâ€ť along with the original â€śAashiquiâ€ť (1990). Director Suri tries to inject an intense vibe in his new film, but fails miserably.
Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapoor), a rock star who is slowly slipping away into oblivion thanks to his alcoholism, spots Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor) singing in a Goan bar. One look and he is smitten, convinced of her talent and ready to take her to Mumbai to make her a star.
Aarohi is equally smitten and follows Rahul back to Mumbai. A couple of misunderstandings later, she predictably becomes a huge star — releasing albums, singing songs and performing on stage.
But Rahul is drinking his way to destruction despite Aarohiâ€™s attempts to pull him back. Her success and his depression mean that their relationship teeters on the edge.
The director has no regard for attention to detail or any kind of authenticity. He seems to have sleepwalked through â€śAashiqui 2â€ť – characters go vegetable shopping in the middle of the night in Goa (believe me, you wonâ€™t find a vendor after 7 p.m. anywhere in the state), rock stars get famous overnight, reporters heckle them for seemingly no reason, while singers who havenâ€™t been in the business for a year can afford to buy palatial houses in Mumbaiâ€™s pricey real estate market.
All this could be ignored but Shagufta Rafiqueâ€™s screenplay is an example of lazy writing. As for the cast, Aditya Roy Kapoor is cringeworthy. Shraddha Kapoor does put in an effort but is hindered by a run-of-the-mill story that goes nowhere.
The music is hummable but certainly not comparable to the lilting melodies of the first â€śAashiquiâ€ť. Suri tries to lend a â€śtimeless love storyâ€ť feel to his film, but ends up making a love story with no soul, no substance and certainly no sense.