'Tum Bin 2' - Movie Review

Updated: Dec 02, 2016, 16:07 IST | Mohar Basu

'Tum Bin 2', a run down sequel of the 2001 sleeper hit 'Tum Bin', is a clear side-effect of reading too many Nicholas Sparks' novels

'Tum Bin 2'
U/A: Romantic drama
Dir: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Aditya Seal, Neha Sharma, Aashim Gulati
Rating

Tum Bin 2, a run down sequel of the 2001 sleeper hit Tum Bin, is a clear side-effect of reading too many Nicholas Sparks' novels. Semi-effective lines, like, 'Pyaar reasonable nahin bewajah hota hai', seem like a rip off from one of those mushy bestsellers that 13-year-olds read. There is also little in this sequel that seems to be at variance with the original.

'Tum Bin 2'
'Tum Bin 2'

Set in Edinburg, the film kicks off with shabbily-done VFX shots of snow-capped peaks, followed by a catastrophic event. The morose vibe of the first half is derived from forlorn buildings, empty streets and frequent snowfalls. Of course, there is the haunting Jagjit Singh ditty, which appears in quick successions for the right tempering of the tale. Sinha invests a tad much on the setting instead of the story.

The movie, which hardly qualifies as a sequel, is at best his grand homage to one of his biggest successes. Why attempt a remake? One would presume it is to cash in on the film's recall value but we wouldn't so much as question his sincerity. At least, in the first half, he makes the cynical generation of flings buy into the old-fashioned blabber about forever-kinda love. There are a few genuine pangs to feel for the bereaved heroine, Taran (her fiancé dies in a skiing accident) and the chap's old father who is left devastated. Neha Sharma and Kanwaljit Singh are smooth, doing justice to their roles.

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You don't mind the songs or the pleasant intruder named Shekhar (like Kal Ho Na Ho's Shah Rukh Khan) who attempts to spread cheer in the family again. "Live life like a summer vacation," he rambles. He bakes decadent chocolate cakes, gives dimpled smiles and soon enough becomes everyone's go-to person. Over coffee dates and long drives, Taran and Shekhar fall in lovePost interval, the film falls back on contrivances. A series of events leave Taran in a fix, choosing between her past and present.

In between buckets of melodrama and copious tears, the film drags on falling back on the trappings of the original. Penance and guilt are studied closely all over again. Sinha will want you to believe that relationships are made of marriages and the years you put in them. Could he sell it well? Hardly!

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