Bollywood, as far as I’ve seen, has a very different take on sequels than Hollywood. While Hollywood sequels either take the story forward from where they left off in the preceding film, or use the same characters to create another plot. Either way, there is some relevance to the prequels. The only similarity Bollywood sequels have to their successor is the title of the film. With sequels produced by the Bhatt camp, however, there’s one more common factor: they’re godawful.
Directed by Mohit Suri, Aashiqui 2, is the story of an alcoholic musician, Rahul (Aditya Roy Kapoor) who is on the verge of destroying his career due to his addiction. He meets Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor), a bar singer in Goa, and promises to take her to Mumbai and make her dreams of becoming a singing sensation true. He mentors her and establishes her as a singer, all while falling madly in love with her. An unfortunate circumstance convinces Rahul that he is destroying Aarohi’s life by being in it as an alcoholic. So instead of kicking his habit, he decides to leave her. Having fallen in love with him as well, Aarohi decides to help him. He tries to get back to singing, but to no avail as the liquor has ruined his voice. He drinks away the pain, getting back to his addiction. Once again, Aarohi helps him; this time, by sacrificing her career and taking him away from the city. This goes on until her manager finds her and convinces her to get back to work. Rahul, now sober, goes to watch Aarohi perform. He runs into a journalist who provokes him to get drunk, beat him up and get sent to prison. Aarohi helps him yet again, with the intention of letting go of the singing career she tried so hard to get. The film ends predictably with Rahul not wanting to get in the way of Aarohi and her dreams.
- The music. Like Aashiqui, this film had absolutely nothing to offer except a good soundtrack, composed by Jeet Ganguli, Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari. Oddly enough, all the songs start sounding the same once you listen to them too much.
- Shraddha Kapoor. For a debut, this was actually a pretty decent performance, not taking into account that she agreed to say a lot of stupid dialogues. She has a fragile beauty with vulnerability. For Shakti Kapoor’s daughter, that’s a pretty big deal.
- The plot. It was repetitive.
- Aditya Roy Kapoor. For someone that looks like Farhan Akhtar, he sure as hell lacks the talent to be like him.
- The plot. It was stupid.
- The Twitter craze. My timeline was filled with people gushing over how emotional the film was, making them believe in true love et al. It’s embarrassing, really.
- The plot. It was boring.
After all that? My rating is a 1.5/5. My expectations weren’t exactly high, so I can’t say I was disappointed. All I can say is that had a little bit more attention been given to the story and screenplay, it would have been a little more bearable.
Towards the end of the film, when Aarohi’s manager tries to convince his talented singer that she’s wasting her time on an alcoholic, she replies by saying that she’s willing to give up her singing career to become an alcoholic. By doing this, Rahul will be guilt-tripped into getting rid of his addiction. If that doesn’t work, they’ll both die together, lying drunk somewhere. Am I the only one who thinks that isn’t even remotely romantic?