Director: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Neha Sharma, Aashim Gulati, Aditya Seal and Kanwaljit Singh
It has been 5 years since the release of Tum Bin. Now after more than a decade and almost half of the makers of the movie had come together to make the sequel, Tum Bin 2. Tum Bin 2 takes you to an instant throwback to the same space that Tum Bin had carved for itself such as similar plot lines, foreign locations, young love and a guilt-ridden protagonist.
Taran (Neha Sharma) and Amar (Aashim Gulati) are happily in love with each other but then something terrible happens and Amar is chucked out of the picture. Taran grieves and sobs along with the father of Aman, papaji (Kanwaljit Singh) and Amar’s two sisters. Then just like an old wine in a new bottle, the young and charming Shekhar (Aditya Seal) turns up at the doorstep of this grieving family and suddenly things start to take a 360-degree shift with happiness and delightful life.
This old tale of two guys and one girl seemed rather boring which could have been easily refreshed with a unique twist and the right treatment, which unfortunately doesn’t happen. The elements that Tum Bin had created 15 years ago didn’t seem to be recreated in this sequel.
There are some light-hearted jibes against India and Pakistan will make you smile. The realism portrayed by the family of Taran and her sisters and their significant others as they eat and joke, is the only high point in the movie.
Just when you feel the story will go down an interesting path, it moves in the same old direction with a cop-out. The essence of the story was to establish that the first love may not remain forever and hence, it should be normal enough to move on but the over-cooked plot garnished with swelling violins and lots of contrivances are only going to depress you further.