For the people who were scratching their heads and pulling their hair out after watching Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Tum Bin II is a brutal death. A love story directed by Anubhav Sinha, the films shows a love triangle between Taran (Neha Sharma), Shekhar (Aditya Seal) and Amar (Ashim Gulati). Apart from being a tiring and mindless showcase of love on-screen, Tum Bin II is a strict alarm. It is time for Bollywood to raise its standards when it comes to show love and romance on celluloid.
The Hindi cinema, which is rather informally known as Bollywood, is widely famous for two things — one for being overtly melodramatic and second for being effortlessly romantic. We, as a film industry, are loved-hate occasionally for showing both the complexity and the easiness of the emotions of love in a rather larger-than-life way.
Take for example our all-time iconic romantic Hindi movies — Maine Pyar Kiya, Silsila, Kabhie Kabhie, DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Veer-Zara, Mohabbatein, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and Dil, among others, the makers celebrated the grandeur and the delicacy of romantic relationships in these films with much grace. Good or bad, it has taken our film industry years to let the world sit up and take notice of the content it has to deliver when it comes to make films about love.
So when 15 years back, Tum Bin got released, it was appreciated. A love triangle, the film became a surprise hit of the year despite featuring all the new faces. The music of the film became a rage and is still one of the most remembered romantic albums of all times. Director Anubhav Sinha promised the same innocence and euphoria with the sequel. The music of Tum Bin II, unarguably, too added to the expectations. But, the lack of concrete storyline, confused performances and a mix of YRF-Dharma treatment to the film left viewers thinking as if “ab koi aas na koi ummeed bachi ho jaise.”
The industry together is working hard to bring out new subjects and look for new ways to tell stories through cinema. In an era where even Shah Rukh Khan is experimenting with a song-less film like Fan or Salman Khan is trying to weigh the intention more than the masala in Sultan or Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tum Bin II seems like a stark punch on all the efforts.
It’s not that easy, in fact not at all easy, to come out of the phase after losing your beloved one. And it’s the most difficult thing to stay friends with your ex. In most cases, like where there’s genuine love, it is not even possible to keep talking to your ex like a friend , while you move to some other person. Losing a child is more painful than imagining death for the parents. How can it be so easy to show that a father forgives the killer of his son? But Tum Bin II does all of it.
Showing the snow-peaked mountains, stunning foreign locales and pretty faces in every frame are just not enough elements to deliver a successful romantic movie. A love story has to have emotions. And emotions that click you, you take back with you from theatre and relate to them. Tum Bin II appears like a bright, beautiful nutshell which is completely alluring from outside but sans any rich content from inside. It’s hollow.
Dear makers, spend money into your film. Go and explore the foreign locales. Have beautiful faces on- board. Do create music that will live for years ahead. But, do not compromise on the very essence of a love story, which is love itself.