There haven't been many examples where a Bollywood film deals with death without the nonsensical melodrama. Thankfully, Tum Bin 2 is one of those rare times. We don't see the anyone howling over the death of the lead character. If you have loved the first Tum Bin, or you are a big Aashiqui 2 fan, you are in for a treat with Tum Bin 2. There is limited little faith you can put in a director who has Cash and Ra.One to his credit, and Anubhav Sinha doesn't disappoint. 15 years after the first one, Tum Bin 2 retains the quality of the original while also maintaining its own identity, and is a sweet, pretty looking, heartwarming film with its own set of flaws.
What's it about
Taran (Neha Sharma) loses her fiance Amar (Aashim Gulati) in an unfortunate skiing accident. Unable to deal with the untimely death of the love of her life, she begins to sink into depression, to the point where she even starts hallucinating Amar. A bright ray of light enters her life - Shekhar (Aditya Seal), who is introduced to her by Amar's father (Kanwaljit Singh). His charm and peppy ways give her new hopes and she eventually falls in love with the new guy. While she is being haunted by the memories of her past, the past itself comes back. The best thing the makers did, with the twist is that it was not saved as some grand reveal for the near end. But it is given away quite early in the film, making the budding romance between Taran and Shekhar a ticking time bomb.
So much. Neha Sharma, does justice to her character. She cries, sobs, laughs, and cries a little more - and just keeps you amazed that how you never noticed that she was such a good actress. Maybe the junk she has been assigned so far is to blame. She looks pretty, but not glamorous, and that's something. There is a scene in the gurudwara where her character breaks down in tears, and the actress nails it. Aditya Seal, who has seen some limelight for his controversial film with Manisha Koirala, registers strongly in your memory. He plays, Shekhar, who is sometimes stupid but mostly charming, with utmost conviction and the required charm. The supporting cast is an even better array of actors than the leads. Meher Vij, Sonia Balani, Ishwak Singh, have all done an incredible job. Kanwaljeet ji needs no words from us to tell you how good of an actor he is.
Ankit Tiwari makes the movie a heartwarming watch with his music. The Mouni Roy song seems out of place. But hell, Tum Bin had Thoda Daru Wich, so a party song maybe was required. And Indian cinema goers love easing tension with a nice dance number, so can't complain. Cinematography is beautiful, and the locations are handpicked. But also, the story could have been easily set in India and would have made no difference. But so is the case with half of the Bollywood movies.
There are some roadblocks- that are not easy to overcome. There are no words that I could use to write how bad the dialogues are. The writer tries very hard to keep the dialogues millennial friendly, but forgets that the young generation has a propensity towards deep meaning words. The audience at the theater I was watching Tum Bin 2 in, burst out laughing on a serious scene on a couple of occasions. All thanks to the badly penned dialogues. When you make a movie with the gigantic emotional and romantic attachments with it, it is expected that there will be quotable dialogues, and not conversational ones. Aashim Gulati, fails to leave a mark. I feel so bad saying this, but he has a lot to learn. He might have not much screen time in the film but gets a few of the strongest scenes and he fails to deliver. But he looks good onscreen, and definitely seems to have the ability to improve.
The story is predictable, mostly because it comes as the sequel of cult film. The surprise elements fall flat on the face. What they did with the first twist in the film - reveal it in very first 20 minutes- should have been the case with the second twist as well. Unnecessary build up towards what everyone already knew. The movie has plenty of emotional moments but fails to actually make you cry.
The climax. a big build up that is in the end snatched away from you, thrown on the floor, and stomped over with feet. Who on this planet would picturise the climax of such a pretty film on green screen and destroy it with bad CGI? Not just that, the outcome of the climax would have worked out had the maker made us invested in its expectation. But there is little to no build up towards the finale moment, and you won't feel, at all, what the characters are going through, or are trying to convey. Everything is fine, just until the final moments of the climax. An opportunity missed by the director. The climax kills the movie.
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What to do
Tum Bin is a shiny bright red balloon that is floating upwards towards a pointed needle. You want a gush of wind to sway away the balloon from its path, but fate and the director has other plans. Overall, Tum Bin 2 is sweet, well acted, and heightens its impact with the beautiful music. Watch it for sure if you swear by PS I Love You, Aashiqui 2, The Fault in Our Stars and such.
2 out of 5