Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Review: Ayushmann and Vaani shine bright as they wonderfully explain that love sees no gender
‘Love sees no gender’-- it’s a very simple and widely known fact. But sadly, even today it is hard for many people to accept it. While some don’t understand it, a few others call it ‘unnatural’. But loving someone unconditionally is the most natural thing in this world. How can gender or any other boundary play a role in it? Well, hats off to filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, Supratik Sen and Tushar Paranjpe for coming up with Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, which beautifully explains this simple fact while keeping you thoroughly entertained and glued to the screen.
The film begins with an introduction of our hero and heroine. Ayushmann Khurrana has portrayed the role of Manvinder Munjal aka Manu, who is a certified fitness provider. Vaani Kapoor, on the other hand, is the gorgeous Zumba teacher named Maanvi Brar. They are instantly attracted to each other when she begins giving Zumba lessons at his gym. As time passes, they come closer and then one day during a Holi party they get intimate. Maanvi is initially hesitant and tries to say something, but they are so in the moment that nothing else matters. Thus begins a passionate relationship. Manu eventually falls head over heels in love and proposes for marriage. Well, Maanvi is in love too but their story takes a heartbreaking turn when she reveals that she’s a trans-girl.
Manvinder feels betrayed that Maanvi, who was a boy named Manu Brar for the first 20 years of her life, did not tell him the truth. He gets bothered when his friends use derogatory terms for her, which shows that he does care for Maanvi. However, he blames her when they suggest that he is homosexual! The film follows the story of how he understands the truth and accepts his feelings for her, which are completely natural. It is a beautiful story which tackles the subject with much needed sensitivity and as always Ayushmann does a great job of putting life into it! But Vaani shines equally bright with her mind-blowing expressions, impeccable dialogue delivery and heartwarming portrayal of Maanvi. They are, undoubtedly, a super hit jodi. Such incredible performances!
The supporting cast, editing, camera angles and music tracks come together to make it a super cool film, which will entertain the masses while giving them a very important message-- love is love! A few scenes, in particular, will surely touch your heart. For instance, when Manvinder takes a transgender woman out for coffee to talk about his feelings for Maanvi. She reminds him of William Shakespeare's famous words-- “What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” These words fill your heart with love. Then there is the scene where Maanvi’s father comes to visit her and tells her to be proud of who she is, because he is proud to call her his daughter.
Just one tiny thing I noticed was that a few serious sequences had comic background music, which was unnecessary. But other than that, I would like to reiterate, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui tackles the subject with sensitivity and sincerity, which makes it a must watch. So drop everything that you are doing this weekend and take your loved ones to the theatres! This film is truly worth it.