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AASHIQUI 2  : Time To Fall In Love Again
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Romantic drama
Mohit Suri
Shraddha Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shaad Randhawa
Intense and raw like a Mahesh Bhatt film of yore, it lives up to the chartbusting expectations of the romantic franchise. With music that’s already a craze especially with the young gen, the Bhatt brothers get it right once again with nephew Mohit Suri keeping the family flag fluttering high.

The plot: Like many a star who’s had success handed to him on a platter, music icon Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapur) kicks his fame away by boozing and brawling.  He comes alive when he crashes into melodious bar singer Arohi Keshav Shirke and mentoring her to reach for the moon (chand ko choona) takes priority over his own music – or life. But he can’t break off his love affair with the bottle either, not even for her. As he says, it’s like a wife who’ll neither let you live in peace, nor will she divorce you. For Arohi, stardom no longer means the world unless Rahul is a part of it and she’ll give up anything to stay by his side. But he won’t hear of it because he won’t let her become another Rahul Jaykar, another loser who casts away such rare success. 
 
The good: It’s modern with Arohi naturally moving in with Rahul, gently explaining it to her concerned what-will-the-world-say mother. It’s also old world because it is old-fashioned love at its uncompromising zenith. 

There are three stars out here: first, it’s Mohit Suri who adds beautiful little touches, whether it’s the first time Rahul says, ‘I love you’ from the other side of the door or the time she repeats it heart-wrenchingly to get him to open the door and allow her to help him kick the addiction. Right till the end where Arohi signs her name for a fan on the beach, Mohit keeps hitting the right notes. To say that he’s directed this straight from his heart would be absolutely accurate. The music (Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gangulli) is melodious-perfect, each one placed at the right heart-hitting spot. Whether it’s ‘Tum hi ho’ or ‘Sunn raha hai’, they linger long after the last frame. The third star is the lead pair, and a few of the support cast too, especially ‘Uncle’ Mahesh Thakur (as the avuncular producer who backs Arohi unstintingly) and Shaad Randhawa (as Rahul’s secretary and buddy Vivek).

Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur whip up the correct intensity to transcend lust and turn sublime. They’re both in terrific form with Shraddha a tad superior as a performer. And she looks stunning too.

Let’s also give writer Shagufta Rafique a warm pat for giving a whiff of films like Kagaz Ke Phool and Abhimaan and yet striking her own path of passion.
        
The bad: There are questions that arise. Why doesn’t Arohi enlist anybody’s help to keep Rahul company when she’s up on stage? Even security guards are never around for such a huge celeb. Rahul’s long-distance dad (voiced by Mahesh Bhatt and heard only over the phone), doesn’t once bother to check on his son when the whole world’s abuzz about his self-destruction. And never heard of rehab, guys? The answer to all such queries will probably be, watch it with your heart, not your mind, woman.

Overall: That’s just it. Watch it with your heart.
 
– Bharathi S Pradhan

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