Director: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Neha Sharma, Aditya Seal, Aashim Gulati
One of the biggest challenges for a sequel is to get out of the shadow of its prequel. And when the predecessor is a hit, the challenge only gets tougher.
Tum Bin was one of the sleeper hits of 2001, applauded by the critics and audience for its fresh take and emotional execution, however, the case with Tum Bin 2 is the exact opposite. Again, directed and written by Anubhav Sinha, Tum Bin 2 is exactly like its predecessor, thus seems stretched, predictable and boring at parts.
The story revolves around Taran (Neha Sharma) who is love with Amar (Aashim Gulati) who is presumed dead in a skiing accident leaving her distraught. About 6 months later Shekhar (Aditya Seal) enters her life and helps her move on from Amar and find happiness. Then Amar returns from 8 months of coma and Taran's life becomes a dilemma. Both men become an essential part of her life and thus choosing between them becomes an emotional suicide.
Tum Bin 2 feels like the second script Sinha had in mind while directing the first one. The situations are more or less the same and have remained same in the first film if Rakesh Bapat would've returned in Sandali's life, with Priyanshu Chatterjee redeeming his guilt and falling in love with her. While it's unfair to actually draw comparisons between the two, the makers themselves keep stressing on it through the music, treatment and even the names of the two male characters.
The emotions in the film are not deep enough to choke you neither is any actor that brilliant. There are times when you actually cringe at corny dialogues. Neha Sharma's distressed character is regressive in so many parts and there is even a forced cultural integration of Pakistan and India. Tum Bin's best part was its music and Sinha promoted the sequel totally on the musical back, however Ankit Tiwary disappoints. Apart from the Koi Fariyad rendition and the title track, the music is average.
So is everything in Tum Bin 2 that bad? Well, no.
The film is a delight to watch thanks to Scotland's beautiful sceneries and Kanwaljeet's natural talent glides you through the stretchy plot. The complications of a love triangle have been touched upon well and there are parts of the film that make you emotional. The chemistry between Taran and Shekhar has all the sparks and makes you 'ship' them till the end
Tum Bin never actually thrived on its actors neither does Tum Bin 2. Aditya Seal is a good talent to keep an eye on, Neha Sharma is also good in some parts. It feels like even makers didn't expect it to be a blockbuster, thus ended up making a somewhat breezy mostly average watch for the sake of the prequel. There are no thrills and predictability of the film weighs it down. The climax scene has been shot on VFX and it kills the mood.
Overall the film thrives on its emotional quotient and the picturesque locales in Scotland. Since it has nothing new to offer, it comes across as just another mediocre film. Go for it if you love typical Bollywood romance and cheesy love lessons, otherwise, catch its television premiere on a good lazy afternoon.