Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui:
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor, Gaurav and Gautham Sharma, Tanya Abrol and Sawan Rupowali.
“Don’t notice me,” she says very casually when he is all but just wooing her. There open the first subtle window to a tale told for the first time and surprisingly said with a fine balance between being candid and subtle.
This is heterodoxy and in a system that celebrates templates and mono preferences, it is a coming of age reflection of our alternate cinema. Kudos for the idea alone. Ayushman Khurrana is in the film and therefore it must contain a nuanced layer that makes this love story from Chandigarh a one of its kind films to be watched.
What happens when the adrenaline oozing macho guy at the gym Manu (Ayushmann Khurana) runs into eye candy and Zumba trainer Maanvi (Vaani Kapoor)? Sparks are bound to fly. Our hero has two friends at the gym Riz and Jomo (Gaurav and Gautham Sharma) both adding so much fizz to happenings just as his sisters Preet and Meet (Tanya Abrol and Sawan Rupowali) and add Punjabi meter to the film. It is assuredly more that a lass meet lad love story.
Any one with a remote know of Ayushmann Khurrana would know that there is something in offer if this guy is taking up a film. Surely this is a major leap forward even by Aayushmaan standards.
Multiple factors go into making this a film worth watching. Without reiterating the thematic rarity it must be said that a film of this kind needs more that just guts. For a guy who went to town willing to play a sperm donor he has come a long way playing Dream Girl, the man with alternate sex preferences in Shubh Mangal, the person with erectile dysfunction to the adolescent who has to face his middle aged mother who is on the family way, he has been a show case to bold cinema.
The biggest challenge for the director is to keep the balance and this is done to perfection. Ayushman Khurrana is expectedly in his zone. The poster boy of alternate cinema, he is yet again in his element. He sure assures a creative facet to every film of his and for sheer choice of scripts has a big lead over his contemporaries. I guess he treads where even Naseer would not have tread. Vaani Kapor is the surprise element. For once our cinema heroine is justified in wearing what she does. A top notch performance from her. Frankly she has the more challenging role and offers that critical balnce that makes the film what it is.
Recommended without hesitation. Lovers of good cinema here is an opportunity to get into a film theatre and be out of it in two hours with your head held high and your smiles in place. Go for it.
Now you can get handpicked stories from Telangana Today on Telegram everyday. Click the link to subscribe.