If there were assumptions that Mukesh Bhatt’s Aashiqui 2 would die unnoticed at the box office due to the popular Hollywood franchise Iron Man 3 then trade analysts and exhibitors give a suprisingly different news on the business of the films. Mahesh Bhatt’s Aashiqui was a musical sensation Nadeem Shravan and Kumar Sanu became household names overnight after the movie’s release.
Trade analyst Amod Mehra agrees Overall it was a very decent weekend. Despite the movie’s phenomenal success there was little you could say about the story or the performances. Aashiqui 2 has made very good business considering it was a non star cast movie. Aashiqui 2 not only boasts of an intense love story however also solid performance by the lead cast. The thing that has worked for the movie is it is music. Rahul Jaykar aka RJ is a talented singer who is headed down the path of self destruction.
The Rentrak institute announced that the third installment of the Iron Man franchise generated a whopping $195.3M worldwide during its opening weekend. The moment you hear singer and self destruction comparison with Ranbir Kapoor who played Janardhan Jakhar aka Jordan with such élan in Imtiaz Ali is Rockstar is inevitable. While North American fans will have to wait another week to look the movie the debut of Iron Man 3 ranks as the ninth biggest of all time bumping down Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix according to figures published on April 28.
Aditya plays his part distinctly different from Ranbir. Director Vishal Mahadkar was earlier supposed to direct the sequel to Aashiqui. On one such evening when he lands up in a Goan bar he discovers an undiscovered talent Arohi Shirke. He is an alcoholic frequently misses recording his international concerts have now moved base to local shows like the one in Goa. After Mohit Suri opted to direct the movie. Despite a few vain attempts he never really tries to give up drinking. Needless to say they fall in love but though RJ encourages his protégée at every step he has given up on himself long back. RJ realizes she has immense potential and decides to mentor her. The moment Rahul approaches Arohi she decides to wrap up her Goan sojourn and head to Mumbai and re embark on a daunting journey aspiring to become a famous singer.
Imtiaz Ali made us passengers on the protagonist’s journey he made us a witness to our rockstar’s downfall the devolution became personal we watched hapless as a young and carefree JJ plunged on an incessant downward spiral. The plot is not flawless it is surprising how no one thinks of seeking professional help for our conflicted protagonist the emotional outbursts are some of the weakest scenes in the movie and the love story too reeks of a kind of naiveté and optimism that is almost impossible to find these days. Aditya Roy Kapur’s performance however is almost perfectly pitched despite the loopholes in the script. Mohit Suri never really helps us understand RJ’s angst what really caused the emotional breakdown his collapse remains external. Shraddha gets a little squeaky in the emotional bits but there is an inherent innocence about her character that makes her vulnerable and likable.