Skip The Sip: Aashiqui 2 and Alchoholism

(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 that I saw a few days back. It’s a nice romantic movie with a tragic ending. I really loved the story, the music, and the acting by Aditya Roy Kapoor and also Shraddha Kapoor.

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 a 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 dude 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 disagree, of course, with the giving bad labels to people with troubles, while having a different opinion about the character.

I feel that given the stage of deep alchoholic addiction he was in, Rahul would have needed too much 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 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 been attracted to alcohol but never had a sip. Because…I’ve been attracted to alchohol for the wrong reasons:- to forget the cause of my 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.

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3 comments on “Skip The Sip: Aashiqui 2 and Alchoholism

  1. How is the movie compared to part 1? Does it have anything to do with part 1? I remember seeing Ashiqui when I was a child. Check out and follow my movie blog if you have time, I would apprecaite it!

    • Both part 1 and part 2 were great, but they have nothing to do with each other in terms of continuation of the story or of the characters 🙂

      The stories are too different to be compared with each other. You have a lot of reviews on your blog, will definitely follow it. I’m a movie buff too.

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