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Upperstall Review


Aashiqui 2


Hindi, Romance, 2013, Color

Cast And Crew

Besides being one of the most slipshod, inarticulate, and senseless films in recent memory, Aashiqui 2 is also nothing like the film of which it is touted as a sequel to. A mashup of Rockstar and Abhimaan, it tries embarrassingly to achieve the intensity of the former and the tenderness of the latter. It fails on both counts and more, and begs the question of what was the point of the whole film.

Aditya Roy Kapoor - painfully inadequate - plays a successful singer whose career is on the downslide. The story charts his fall as he struggles in a losing battle to alcohol. Rarely has a character seemed so irritating. He bears the look of a man burdened with the troubles of the world, but you don't know why. All you see is an alcoholic who behaves in increasingly stupid fashion thanks to his addiction, seems to recover, and then overhears someone talk garbage about him and lose his head and his will power again. There's no explanation for this behaviour, and you fail to register any empathy with him.

You also share no joy at the success of his love, played by Shraddha Kapoor. Attempts to create sympathy towards her cause result in clumsy scenes showing how poor her family is. You never get any sense of a struggle. Again, there's no motivation for the hero to help her except the fact that he chances to hear her sing at a beer bar. He proceeds to fall in love with her, help her become a star, and then repeatedly spends the second half of the film trying to destroy the love because apparently it will affect her career.

The music is not a patch on the original, and one really wonders the reason the film was titled thus. Industry veterans say it would help marketing the film better. They're probably right, because the film needs all the help it can get. In all probability, it's not going to be close to enough.

Upperstall review by: Mr Care





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