October 26, 2020

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Tum Bin 2 Review: Not so hard, not so light!

Released in 2001, almost 15 years back, ‘Tum Bin’ was a sensational hit and became a hard-hitting romantic cult movie by making Priyanshu Chatterjee, Himanshu Malik and Sandali Sinha an overnight stars. Although these actor didn’t made it well later on in their respective movies, but ‘Tum Bin’ is still memorable among many. Now finally the second installment of it releases, with new star-cast and new storyline. Let us see how well ‘Tum Bin 2’ has been crafted!

The story starts with a happy engaged couple Amar (Aashim Gulati) and Taran (Neha Sharma), but soon it got ended when Amar met with an unexpected accident. As his body has not been found and the rescue team too gives up, so this leaves Taran and Amar’s loving father Papaji (Kanwaljeet Singh) with no hope of finding him ever.

With a deep heartbreak, Taran is now emotionally exhausted. Now here comes an entry of a new happy-go-lucky type of character, Shekhar (Aditya Seal), who is son of Papaji’s late best friend. Papaji introduces him to Taran, and going by her story and state, Shekhar tries his level best to make her happy and bring a smile. Gradually, Taran falls in love with Shekhar and they both decide to get engage with all due family’s consent.

tum-bin-2-aditya-seal-neha-sharma-aashim-gulatiHowever, a twist comes in story, where Amar suddenly comes back and is happy to get unite with his family, especially his fiancé Taran. Seeing this, Shekhar plans to leave everybody and decides not to come in between Amar and Taran’s love story. Well, now before Amar sees his future with Taran, she confesses her love for Shekhar. What happens next? With whom Taran will eventually tie her knot? And in the midst of all this, Papaji is hiding some shocking truth about Amar. What follows next, forms the crux of the story.

Tum Bin was purely focused on love and heartbreak, and so does seems like the makers decided to be in the same zone. However, what fails in Tum Bin 2 is its execution. While the first part was brilliantly executed, with respect to the film that were made during those days, but the second installment is averagely executed, with respect to movies that are being these days. Some scenes are stretchy and long enough that one would simply just go either sleep or bored enough to wait for the next scene to come. And thus, such scenes are ruining essence of the film. However, there are some scenes as well which will touch your heart immensely. Now this is something making true to its genre and giving justice to the cult movie. In addition, there is some humour element too added here, which adds an enjoyable flavor overall. Don’t miss ‘India meets Pakistan’ scene in the movie.

tum-bin-2-stillDirector Anubhav Sinha tried his best to make a memorable love story, but somehow ended up in giving us an average movie. While the first half builds up the plot, the second half is a tad stretchy. The drama is being executed in a clichéd manner, and thus Sinha didn’t stay true to film’s legacy. However, one of the big reasons why Tum Bin was a successful hit is because of its music, and I believe the makers effectively strike the chord with Tum Bin 2. The music here is equally melodious, and therefore, it’s one of the again big reasons why the movie is watchable in certain sections. Late Jagjit Singh’s mellifluous ghazal, Teri Fariyaad, undoubtedly comes on the top here. Meanwhile, the film’s cinematography is top-notch, but could have edited well, especially during the second half, where it could have been become much-more tighter and crispier.

Going by the performances, the new star-cast of this second installment impresses to some extent. Neha Sharma gives her best till date, and it’s equally delight to watch her in an altogether different character. She has lots of potential and I would truly love to watch her more in such different roles. Aditya Seal is good and handled emotional scenes well. Although not a remarkable, but Aashim Gulati makes a worthy debut here. Kanwaljeet Singh is as usual best in what he does.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? With a stretchy second half and a clichéd execution, the movie has a few not-so-hard and not-so-light moments, where it makes a decent watch for all those who loved the first part.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

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