Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui
Onto the second release of the weekend and I have just finished watching the new Hindi film Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. I thought to slip in a movie review before I get to the third webseries. Romance has always been a crowd favourite for the Hindi speaking audience. Ever since I remember SRK charismatically saying ‘Palat’, I have been a sucker for romances. Though in personal life there may or may not be a romantic inkling at the moment, but rest assured have enjoyed my share on celluloid. Over the years, it was the prerogative of the filmmakers to offer something different in the otherwise standard template. There have been both successful and unsuccessful attempts at this. Having said that, where does Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui head? In a totally different topic, does Ayushmann Khurrana continue his winning streak? Lets find out in our Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Review.
Story & Screenplay
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is the story of a 30 year old body builder who soon falls in love with a pretty girl, until a revelation turns his life upside down. Many of you might be aware of the twist. However, for the sake of the others I will be keeping the spoilers under wraps and only hinting at it in tiny little bits. The story is quite refreshing and well intentioned. You need to keep in mind that this is in the commercial space and so you won’t get a slow and poignant take on this delicate topic. And the good part is that the film does not pretend to be that as well. The screenplay starts off on a frivolous and frothy note with love blossoming between the two protagonists. The writers did hint on the lurking revelation that finally takes place at the halfway mark. By that time, you have already invested well on the two protagonists. They are two individuals with distinct qualities which cannot be ignored. The thing I was skeptical about was the portrayal of the actual issue. I hoped that it wasn’t treated in a frivolous manner and yet it needed to be entertaining thereby staying true to the genre. And that is when Abhishek Kapoor starts weaving his magic through the second half. There are several heartfelt moments that convey the eventual message efficiently. One criticism that I had was that the transition of the “Change of Heart” felt a tad too cliched and wasn’t quite seamless. But the drama does end on a satisfactory note. In other words, the screenplay was a sweet and refreshing take on acceptance.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are pretty well penned, some of them do genuinely make you laugh and some are filled with these heartfelt moments. The music by Sachin Jigar was another big plus. The soundtrack was outstanding and it just helped that there wern’t any remakes to boast of. The BGM was exceptional as well and really pulsating. Director Abhishek Kapoor has yet again scored with this little gem. While he keeps things light and frothy in the first hour, he knows where to draw the line and Up the drama, which he does in the second hour. Excellent Direction.
The performances are quite good. Kanwaljit Singh as Brigadier Mohinder Brar is earnest. Tanya Abrol as Preet and Sawan Rupowali as Meet have their moments to shine. Karishma Singh as Akshita is impressive. Goutam and Gourav Sharma as Jomo and Riz respectively are a refreshing addition to the cast. Both of them do a wonderful job. Veteran actor Aanjjan Srivastava is hilarious. Abhishek Bajaj as Sandy is quite good with a killer body. Vaani Kapoor as Maanvi is a revelation in a brave outing. She displays that tenderness that was required for her character as also the conflict which is very well portrayed and performed. There are several heartfelt moments where you do feel like comforting her character. A job extremely well done. Which brings me to Ayushmann Khurrana as Manu. And what a solid transformation here! The general complaint that I had with him was that while his films tackled some interesting subjects, his character was the same in evety film. Here the story is quite different. He has really worked on his body and it really shows. And his acting chops are always on point in comedy as well as emotional scenes. And his chemistry with Vaani is absolutely crackling. This is possibly the start of Ayushmann 2.0!
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is a refreshing and heartwarming take on acceptance. With both partners being ‘equal and normal’, there is much to love for! Available in a theatre near you.