Disclosure: The below post mentions the ending of Aashiqui2, so those who haven’t seen the flick but are planning to do so, beware!
Been thinking about Mohit Suri’s Aashiqui2 another remake on A Star is Born, given that its latest remake had several Oscar nominations in 2019. Aashiqui 2 is a musical romantic movie with a tragic ending. Former singing superstar Rahul Jaikar (played by Aditya Roy Kapoor) has seen glory at a young age, but his success has been wrecked by unprofessional behaviour.
Now, with a career in its nadir and the twin problems alchoholism and mood swings, Rahul has become an unwanted man. It’s not that Rahul does not try to give up alchohol or try to revive his fortunes. However, he is too mentally weak to do it alone and cannot summon the strength to stop his slide.
He has fallouts with event organizers, music producers, and the media. No one is ready to give him more chances and this includes his old associates, even as his lover is ready to sacrifice everything for him. His voice no longer cooperates with him.
His presence is an embarassment for his lady love, and the paparazzi are having a field day. Finally, he decides that he is too great a liability for his lover and rising superstar Aarohi Shirke(played by Shraddha Kapoor).
So he commits suicide by leaping off a bridge. Should the male protagonist have committed suicide? Or should he have strived for giving up alchohol just like Edison strived for making the commercially-viable mass-produced light bulb? Success came after thousands and thousands of attempts. Thanks Edison, my buddy for the effort and the result!)
One point of view purported by some pals is that he shouldn’t have done the deed, that it makes him a loser and a coward. I feel that given the stage of deep alcoholic addiction he was in, Rahul would have needed a lot of time. And he wasn’t happy about the female protagonist putting that too-much-time in trying to make him recover and in destroying her career in the process.
Maybe it was love that made him regret having reached such a stage of alchohol addiction that it was harming his lover Aarohi. But yes, after spending loads of time thinking about it, I do feel that he was wrong and he should have hired several professionals to help him out never mind how he felt guilt for embarassing Arohi.
But for those alcoholic who don’t have to worry about a female singer-superstar in this regard, head to Alcoholics Anonymous and other de-addiction centres. On the personal front, I’ve had people drink around me and try to coax me but I never had a sip. Because…I’ve seen how people get attracted to alchohol:- to forget the cause of stress, to loosen up after feeling frustated, to get rid of severe depression. And after watching the movie, I’ve realized once again, that my decision to skip the sip was right.