Saturday, April 27, 2013

Aashiqui 2 

Trite And Tested

Aashiqui 2, directed by Mohit Suri is an outdated melodrama with plot points lifted from A Star is Born and so many films—Bhatt and non-Bhatt—that it hasn’t an original or surprising scene in it.

The old Aashiqui (by Mahesh Bhatt), coasted along on its music and the fresh-look actors (Rahul Roy-Anu Agarwal). This one (not a sequel) has good, though not particularly memorable—music. Again, the actors bring some energy into a story that is so last century, even though Aditya Roy Kapoor, with his model-like good looks is too young to pass off as a singer on the skids, his downfall caused by the kind of filmi alcoholism where people drink straight out of the bottle!

Rahul Jaykar is weaving around drunk in Goa, and looking for his next fix, when he hears the voice of Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor) singing in a bar. He promises to make her a star, and after some needless hitches, he does.  With the help of an avuncular music baron (Mahesh Thakur), her career takes off, as Rahul struggles with his alcoholism. They fall in love too, with an attitude so clinical that if they weren’t given lines expressing their feelings, you wouldn’t guess at the depth of their passion for each other. For instance, is Aarohi’s self-sacrificing, suffering doormat behaviour motivated by love or gratitude?

Suri tries to make things dramatic and intense, but is stymied by the tiny range of his stars (one or the other or both are practically in every frame), so resorts constantly to hysterical breaking of glass, upturning of furniture and trashing of rooms to show Rahul’s inner turmoil.
The showbiz atmosphere is totally fake and the supporting characters are typical Bhatt—the manager friend who is always around to catch the pieces when Rahul cracks once too often, the Muslim supporter and so on. If the story of love vs professional jealousy was to be dusted and reused, the script needed a lot of working on.  Shraddha Kapoor’s career will probably be limited by her lack of glamour but Aditya Roy Kapur has star quality; Aashiqui 2 is not the kind of film he needs early in his career.


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