|Reasons you expect to follow, probably a backstory? Romance with him now being a jilted lover maybe? But no, you are not allowed any details on that.
Instead, the love story takes off from there as the inebriated rockstar first hears a girl in a bar crooning his hit numbers. Arohi (Shraddha Kapoor), as we are told, belongs to a poor family and is working as a crooner to provide for them. In an instant the rockstar makes up his mind to launch her as a singing sensation. Conveniently so, she takes him up on the offer, it’s cupid’s evil arrow working now when he says, “Mujhpe bharosa hai na?”
Cut to Mumbai, Rockstar has almost left his career and in no run time has made Arohi a superstar with her bagging awards left, right and center. But with fame comes the price to pay. The once upon a time mentor RJ is now being known as her sidekick. His ego is hurt and so is his voice courtesy the alcohol. He wants to sing again, get back his fame and stardom but his voice defeats him and composers reject him (Abhimaan anyone?).
But love conquers all as he gives his relation a chance and demands his girlfriend Arohi to help him out of his situation. How the film then gets into an endless loop of acholism and his recovery is what constitutes the rest of the plot.
In times of box-office and money reigning high, there’s a serious hit on the quality of films that the Bhatt camp is churning out month on month. Quality be damned! Logic be damned! It’s all about encashing the popularity of prior hits, converting them into franchises by launching sequels even though they hold no connection to their originals. Ditto is the case with Aashiqui 2 which is sequel to the musical superhit of 1990. Neither does it hold any connection to its predecessor nor any logical reasoning on many proceedings. And if you take Mahesh Bhatt’s words of this being a romantic saga for the new age, then you really have to be a mush junkie.
The two new leads Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor both appear under prepared for their characters. While Aditya never for once gets his drunken act right, Shraddha only whimpers throughout the film. That she is very pretty and easy on the eye becomes one of her redeeming factors but for Aditya it’s a lost battle even there. The staple Shaad Randhawa finds himself repeating a role which he played in Awarapan.
Even the staple director-writer team, Mohit Suri and Shagufta Rafique present a mishmash of previous Bhatt films, Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar and Amitabh-Jaya Bachchan starrer Abhimaan.
However, Aashiqui 2 has music for its driving factor and it would already be working as a magnate at the box-office considering the way the songs have topped the music charts. You may also see the Bhatts celebrating its success in the coming days clearly making this review redundant. Having detailed so much, I shall give the film 2 stars.
By Swati Rohatgi