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I really wanted to like this movie. I love the music and that’s saying something because I’m not into Mahesh Bhatt’s brand of movies or music. What I do love is an old-fashioned romance. Pain and heartbreak are not given enough credit in movies these days. The intense passion from love “aaj kal” is entirely missing. Something that only Imtiaz Ali seems to care about these days.
Aashiqui 2 has nothing to do with the 90s Aashiqui. It has more to do with Abhimaan (1973) but let’s not get into Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s great film and distort the evaluation. Personally, I feel Mohit Suri must have really loved Rockstar (2011) and wished he could make something like it.
Rahul and Arohi are two singers. Rahul is way past the peak of his career and has reduced himself to a self-destructive alcoholic. Arohi is on the uphill climb, starting her journey to reach the peak. As a truly romantic filmmaker (Wong Kar Wai) said (in his film 2046): It’s no good meeting the right person too soon or too late. The protagonists of the film are definitely right for each other but the circumstances don’t fatefully agree.
After I came out of the film, I knew that the passion had been stirred, the music sounded great, the performances were adequate but there was something blatantly amiss and that something is a good screenplay. The story isn’t bad, just the way it is told is. Screenwriting has two aspects – action and dialogue. Action as in what the characters do and dialogue as in what the characters speak. As far as action is concerned, the script gets it somewhat right. The situations are in place but what are extremely out of place are the dialogues.
The dialogues in this movie are absolutely atrocious. They made me laugh, roll my eyes in disbelief, clench my fist in anger or just get plain old weirded out. People do NOT talk like this. Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor strike good chemistry, they get the tone right but it’s not the fault of the actors if what they are speaking is lousy drivel and/ or idiotic hogwash.
There’s something wrong with this romance but all good love stories need to be wrong. The music works, Tum Hi Ho is undeniably a brilliant song. But I don’t go to the theater to listen to music; I go to watch a story. The story I saw didn’t move me, which is the least it could have done. Although the memory I have of it isn’t as bad as the actual film (which is mostly due to the music). I’m here to review the film, not my memory of it and for that I’ll have to stay my hand before I begin to baselessly call it a good one.