NOW I get it. When Aditya Roy Kapoor did his solo numbers at the Dream Team concert in Chicago, the girls in the crowd went crazy, especially when he covered one of the dancers with his jacket.
And it was because he was lip syncing the two big songs from Aashiqui 2 [Love], Sunn Raha Hai Na Tua and Tum Hi Ho.
I’ve been suffering with what I think is a bad sinus infection for days and haven’t felt up to watching anything with subtitles as I couldn’t even concentrate. Margaret at Don’t Call It Bollywood mentioned that she’s going to write a review of Aashiqui 2 soon, and I realized that I should really watch it before OK Jaanu comes out next weekend. I rented it last night from Amazon streaming, but I’m a little worried something may have been cut in their copy as the run time was only 2 hours 6 minutes.
I have not seen the classic 1954 Judy Garland A Star is Born, but I have the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson version from the ’70’s. Aashiqui 2’s plot is completely A Star Is Born. Successful male takes talented woman under his wing, and then her career eclipses his as he declines into alcoholism.
While Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor had decent romantic chemistry in Aashiqui 2 and acted, well, okay… there are so many flaws in this film. I could totally believe that Aditya was a rock star. With Arjit Singh singing those songs, he had the swagger to pull it off. Shraddha’s character is this young naive ingenue, scraping by singing in a bar in Goa when Aditya stumbles in to hear her sing his song, Sunn Raha Hai Na Tua. The problem is her singing voice in the film is not a powerhouse raw talent. It’s tinny and thin sounding. She looks up to Lata as her inspiration, but her singing did not blow me away AT ALL. That is the whole point of A Star Is Born — this talent that is just so amazing, that the male lead has to share it with the world.
When I was growing up, you could not escape Barbra Streisand’s Evergreen from the 1976 film. Kris Kristofferson was well cast, because while he is a talent, he’s not the legendary BARBRA.
So, from the get go, I’m not buying Shraddha as this big talent, but the romance plot in the first half is nice and it is refreshing to have a male Indian lead doing everything to support a woman’s career. But oh that demon alcohol.
You can tell Aditya is a real alcoholic because he drinks straight from big bottles! The addiction storyline here is treated so ridiculously. Shraddha remains a naive ingenue to the end, convinced that she can solve his addiction just by taking him away to the mountains and giving him a nice shave outside to get him clean.
Your boyfriend, who never even mentions marriage and is fine living with you and ultimately off your earnings, goes into drunken rages and pushes you to the ground, and you can just hug him even tighter and it will all be okay? Blech. I wanted to shake some sense into Shraddha in this movie. This is not 1954! Surely, her character could have had a little more spine in this day and age or even some character development. And sorry for the spoilers, but gee, alcoholism can’t be solved by love alone. And it’s noble to kill yourself rather than go to rehab or accept your father’s help because even though you didn’t marry the poor girl, she’s ready to give up her career for you? If you’re going to copy the entire plot of A Star Is Born, then I guess you have to end it that way, but it could have been portrayed as more dark and desperate rather than noble and misguided.
The music is central to a film like this, and this film has a couple of amazing blockbusters. You can’t help but love this soundtrack.
So, in all, glad I finally watched this first pairing of Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. But I think they look like they have even better romantic chemistry in the trailers of OK Jaanu. I hate to see OK Kanmani remade (because it is perfection) but hopefully they won’t screw it up too much. Aashiqui 2 won’t be a film I want to rewatch, but I will definitely be downloading the songs.
And now there’s going to be a new Hollywood version of A Star Is Born with a release date in September of 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Cooper will not only act in the film, it will be his directorial debut. Lady Gaga is the kind of powerhouse talent perfect for the role. Bradley’s acting is Oscar caliber, but I hope his directorial skills will be up to the task.