Even though the original came 23 years ago, Aashiqui 2 isn't a remake. It's a sequel. And no, even Bhatts did not take out the impact from where the first film ended, in their usual format they convert their musical hit of 1990, Aashiqui, into a area monopoly and put forward a romantic saga that according to them should gratify the young viewers. Does it really? Lets check out…
So we have a rockstar Rahul Jaykar aka RJ (Aditya Roy Kapur) who has tasted enough success and is already strengthening mislay - courtesy , endless addiction to alcohol and an mysterious dislike of fame. His rebellious nature finds shore in a bar where he first hears Arohi (Shraddha Kapoor) singing one of his superhit numbers. Angel hits and he takes a task upon himself to build a career for Arohi. She becomes successful much too soon but doesn't let the fame get to her. Her focus clearly remains on her lover RJ while his is entirely on his alcohol. You then see a sudden explode of career interest in him only to find that he has lost his voice and his ego starts pinching him to see the rise of Arohi and his downfall. (Got some similarity with AB and Jaya Bachchan starrer film Abhimaan) Alcohol takes over once again and the film centers on it right till the end. Hyped as the musical romance of this year, Aashiqui 2 does have music that's become a hit among the masses but very smartly at that, the makers have only encashed the two tracks, Tum hi ho and Sun raha hai na, by playing it over and over again, not just in promos, even in the film. The song Sun raha hai na literally gets repeated many times till you get bored of it.
That be of the music, on the story too there's barely any innovation done and freedom are taken beyond measure. The film takes off with RJ's downfall, why you may ask? No reasons given. There's hardly any time spent on his back-story except for showing his addiction to alcohol. After a point it appears more a love story between RJ and Alcohol than RJ and Arohi or even some docu-drama supported by Alcohol Everyday.
Aashiqui 2 has also a lot applying from Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan starrer Abhimaan and Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar but fails to do justice to either of the films. To add to the agony you have two inefficient actors. For a character that remains largely intoxicated for most parts of the film, Aditya Roy Kapur appears extremely sober, wooden faced and out of place. Shraddha Kapoor although appearing extremely pretty in the film, too fails to deliver as an actress. The Bhatt favored Shaad Randhawa finds himself repeating his Awarapan act this time around too as the best friend to the male lead. Mahesh Thakur doesn't get much scope to perform.
In short, Aashiqui 2 is an endless romantic saga that may somewhat work with the Mills & Boons but for the practical new age lot, the film will bore you.