After DIL CHAHTA HAI, the new generation of
storytellers decided to focus on urban themes.
The yuppie crowd and the oh-so-cool attitude
became the new mantra. In an attempt to make a 'kool'
film, directors suddenly started concentrating
on styling and technique, while, in some cases,
the content took a backseat.
That's precisely the problem with AASHIQ BANAYA
AAPNE. Debutante director Aaditya Datt attempts
a love story, packs in ample glamour and trendy
music, but forgets that it takes an engrossing,
spellbinding, mesmerizing script to keep the
viewer glued to the screen for the next two
The problem with AASHIQ BANAYA AAPNE is that the
love triangle is so lifeless, so listless, so
outdated [two guys in love with the same girl]
that you feel sad that Aaditya couldn't rise
beyond the mediocre, clichéd stuff. The
screenplay being lacklustre, the narrative fails
to entice you as the drama unfolds.
At best, AASHIQ BANAYA AAPNE looks like a
collage of scenes, assembled in a film that
abounds in mediocrity. The only redeeming
factors are Himesh Reshammiya's hip-hop music
and Emraan Hashmi's performance.
Karan [Sonu Sood] loves Sneha [Tanushree Dutta],
but is too much of an introvert and just doesn't
express his feelings to her. Although Karan's
feelings are evident to many, he is content in
just seeing Sneha smile and never gathers the
courage to let her know his true feelings.
Vicky [Emraan Hashmi] is Karan's childhood
friend. The opposite of Karan, Vicky is an
extrovert and a notorious flirt. All three lives
change when Vicky joins Karan and Sneha in
college and Sneha is drawn towards Vicky.
Fearing Vicky's intentions, Karan tries to talk
him out of his relationship with Sneha, but
Vicky assures him that he is in love with Sneha.
Karan feels he has lost the only woman he has
ever loved, but knows he cannot do anything
The closeness between Vicky and Sneha cross all
boundaries and just as everything seemed set
between the two, one night shatters them both.
Sneha turns to Karan for support. Over time,
Karan finally musters the courage to propose to
After Sneha and Karan are engaged, Vicky
re-enters their lives. But that one night
changes their lives forever.
AASHIQ BANAYA AAPNE doesn't remind you of any
one film in particular. To be honest, there's no
story in the first place. The concept of two
guys fighting over one girl has been beaten to
death in Bollywood. Right from SANGAM to this
date, the moviegoer has witnessed similar
stories time and again. Any novelty in the
If the first half is devoid of anything
interesting, you expect some movement in the
story towards the post-interval portions. And
the title song -- a provocative and erotic
number -- does promise a turn for the better.
But it stagnates soon after.
Aaditya Datt's direction is as poor as his
script. The biggest drawback of the film is that
it relies so heavily on been-there-seen-that
situations that you actually search for
something innovative throughout those two hours.
On the whole,
AASHIQ BANAYA AAPNE is a good opportunity gone
waste. At the box-office, the film may attract
the youth on its opening day thanks to the
aggressive promotion and popular music, but it
just doesn't have the stamina to stand on its