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Movie Review | Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui: This aashiqui has a startling twist

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui attempts to present a novel love story that raises unsettling questions on society's notions about love and much more.

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Ayushmann Khurrana is called the torch bearer of topical cinema, from his debut ‘Vicky Donor’ to his latest ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, most of his films have a message for the audience. And not just that, most of the communication is done through witty humour and melodious songs. First things first, right from the word go, Ayushmann has tried to portray a ‘Pehalwan’ and a body builder with a belief including the mannerisms et al.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is of course set in the by-lanes of Chandigarh. It narrates the story of Manvinder Munjal aka Manu (Ayushmann Khurrana), a fitness enthusiast who owns a gym, and a bodybuilder who competes year-on-year to win the local championship. While he’s focused all his energies on sweating it out and building his ‘dole-shole’, his gym business sees far and few footfall and dealing with nagging pressure at home.

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It is at this delicate juncture, the head-turner, Maanvi Brar (Vaani Kapoor), the gym’s newly appointed Zumba, instructor enters Manu’s life. Soon enough, sparks fly and the two are drawn into a passionate relationship. But there is more to Maanvi than the gorgeous woman that she is, which also forms the crux of the story.

In no time, their contrasting worlds merge together. But before it could even begin to take off into the realms of their own ‘happily ever after’, a startling confession throws off the union to its rock-bottom. The event catapults Manu into a journey of self-discovery. The harsh realities that rain over his dreamy love parade create a vacuum in his life that he just can’t seem to fill. For Manu, the only battle he must fight is the one surging within. In the throes of sheer despair and crushing disappointment, Manu undergoes a coming-of-age transformation. Opening his heart to embrace true love untainted by meaningless tags and confines.

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As mentioned earlier, Ayushmann Khurrana has worked hard to get into the Pehalwan mode (and deserves an extra brownie point for carrying it), Vaani Kapoor is good as a head turner Zumba teacher and has carried the emotional scenes too. The rest of the cast also contribute a decent support.

With dollops of humour and intricate emotions, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui attempts to present a novel love story that also raises unsettling questions on society’s notions about love, gender bias and much more.

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SUMMARY

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui attempts to present a novel love story that raises unsettling questions on society's notions about love and much more.
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