Cast: Neha Sharma, Aditya Seal, Aashim Gulati, Kanwaljit SIngh
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Tum Bin 2 is one of those movies which start off really well and establish an amazing foundation for us to enjoy but it’s the second half of the film where the execution falters.
Taran (Neha Sharma) and Amar (Aashim Gulati) are happy in love but a tragedy separates them and now, Taran is left grieving for Amar. Taran slowly decides to move on with her life by keeping herself busy with business activities. One day, through a family dinner she meets Shekhar (Aditya Seal), a calm and pleasing young fellow. Soon, their friendship nurtures and Taran begins to enjoy her life just like before. Eventually, they fall in love but fate has some other plans rebounding from the past. This is a story of love, friendship and sacrifice.
Written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, the script is everything that a romantic flick would expect. The only problem was it didn’t have much laughter or even funny moments. It was pretty heavy in emotions and crying. The final phase of the film was extra stretched; it should have been written briefly.
Anubhav Sinha takes a detailed and careful approach in telling the story of Taran and Shekhar. Initial tragedy and then Taran and her would be father-in-law’s grief was shown realistically. Sinha doesn’t hurry in these scenes. Once Shekhar enters the scenario, the film is high in direction and the character development of him by Sinha was the best thing of the film. His calm behavior, his conversations with Taran about love, loss and importance of living the life freely was the high point of the film. This is where Anubhav Sinha wins as a director. The whole first half is a marvelous mix of songs, story and sweet lessons of life. Taran’s family addition was a smart move by Sinha. This film is pretty slow so some sort of humor was required which was provided by the family.
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It’s disheartening to witness the destruction of the story that was so well crafted by the director in the first half. Suddenly, you feel you are watching an entirely different film post interval. Calmness and careful storytelling is replaced by chaos. Amar’s character was not given much vitality and focus. Papaji’s confessions in the end, Shekhar’s different attitude and Taran’s abundant crying weaken the film. Also, the conclusion of the film could have been shorter. It was stretched too long which ultimately irritates you.
This film has to be remembered for Aditya Seal. He owns the role of a charming young guy who wins the love of a heartbroken girl. His body language, comfort in front of the screen and dialogue delivery is so mature that he doesn’t feel like a new comer. His passion and love for Taran seem real by his acting. Neha Sharma gives a beautiful performance as a leading lady. She is sweet and cries effectively. Aashim Gulati is decent as Amar. He has a limited role and does what is asked from him. Kanwaljit Singh is an amazing actor. I don’t know why he doesn’t get many roles these days. He has a good personality for such roles which demand a fatherly figure as well as an authoritative vibe.
Tum Bin 2 could have been a memorable film had it maintained its story to a balanced level. A beautiful first half is progressed by the exact opposite second half which is chaotic and messy. Aditya Seal’s performance has to be applauded. Aubhav Sinha gives good moments but as a final product, it is cinematically average.