Tum Bin 2 Movie Review
It's with fond memories and great expectations one delves into the audio of versatile producer, director Anubhav Sinha's TUM BIN 2, the much awaited sequel to the sleeper and surprise hit, TUM BIN, remembered till this day for its memorable songs like its title track, 'Koi Fariyad' etc , to name a few. One expects composer Ankit Tiwari to do justice and come up with another memorable fare for the sequel.
TUM BIN 2 WALLPAPERS
It's truely a befitting and nostalgic start that the makers provide through 'Teri Fariyad', the new version of the highly popular Ghazal 'Koi Fariyad' (Nikhil-Vinay) rendered by the legendary Jagjit Singh. And it was indeed a excellent idea to use his vocals and keep them intact in this refurbished version (Ankit Tiwari) as one is brought to tears through it. Shakeel Azmi has done an excellent job penning the additional lyrics in the same 'beher' (rhyme). Rekha Bhardwaj's crisp and emotive vocals add 'chaar chand' to this already superb number.
'Teri Fariyad' is worth listening over and over again. One just can't get enough and so the extended version of 'Teri Fariyad' comes as a 'faryad' /prayer answered by God.
The song that has already caught the fancy of music buffs, 'Ishq Mubarak' is a lovely addictive love ballad rendered superbly by Arijit Singh, who adds another feather to his crown through this chartbusting track. The Nusrat Fateh Khan style 'alaaps' in the background and the desi arrangements combined with western ones adorn the song. Manoj's lyrics are unique and simple.
Arijit comes back this time for a duet with Tulsi Kumar in 'Dekh Lena', a song where the leads profess profound and undying love for each other. Ankit uses nice, simple melody and so the tune is very hummable and lyrics identifiable for all those in love. Even the background musical addendums are light, soft and soothing making the song a loveable fare.
It's but natural that one will surely compare Ankit Tiwari's title track of TUM BIN 2 to the classy and popular predecessor but hats off to Ankit for coming up with a lovely composition. It was a wise decision by Ankit to render the song himself as he does justice to it. Once again the tune chosen is dew fresh, arrangements excellent and so are the lyrics which depict the emotional turmoil well. 'Yaara tum bin jeene mein, Saansein chubhein hain seene meein'.
'Masta' is indeed full of fun, masti, situational, philosophical and brings forth the decrees of the minds and hearts and talks about following the heart. Rockstar Vishal Dadlani shows a different side with a rendition that surely makes one sing along and Neeti Mohun too chips in well. One detects traces of the Scottish Highlands music (the film is shot in Scotland) in its background arrangements, bagpipe et al.
'Dil Nawaziyaan' commences in the retro style of Geeta Dutt days but what follows is a multifold fusion composition with many different layers. The semi -classical rendition and use of English too makes this unique. Composer Arko Pravo Mukerjee has been roped in to render the number and he excels along with Payal Dev who too is classy.
The audio ends on a celebratory note with the much talked about party anthem song, 'Jagger Bomb' featuring famous Caribbean cricketer, DJ Barvo, who lends his vocals to this chartbusting track and does a cool job. Ankit too pitches in along with Harshi Mad whose bindass rendition does justice to the track. The song with its hip hop and heavy beats (Calypso we guess!) and not to mention Bravo will surely appeal to the youth.
The latest song to be added to the album is the Punjabi hip hop party dance number is 'Kariye Nachna Aunda Ni' rendered by Hardy Sandhu and Neha Kakkar with rap by Raftaar. Composed by Gorov Roshin and lyrics by Kumaar with additional lyrics by Raftaar, the song adds 'chaar chand' to the already chartbusting album and also provides variety.
Summing up, maverick director Anubhav Sinha and T-Series keep their musical success record intact and kudos to the makers, Ankit and Manoj, for providing another chartbusting and memorable fare. Some of the songs are already making their way up to the charts and happen to be our picks as well- Our all-time fav- 'Teri Fariyad' and its extended version, 'Ishq Mubarak', the title track and 'Jaeger Bomb'. This will surely aid the cause of TUM BIN 2 at the box-office when it releases all over.
Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below
After 15 years director Anubhav Sinha revisits his first shot as a big screen director - TUM BIN with this sequel. The musical in 2001 was a surprise hit thanks to its melodious music. The sequel after 15 years stays loyal to its theme, plot, gloss in its attempt to moist our eyes with the same emotions of love, destiny, choice and the guilt stricken influence of Rajesh Khanna's DUSHMAN (1971). TUM BIN 2 is a throwback that is decently performed by the actors.
TUM BIN 2 WALLPAPERS
Anubhav Sinha adds nothing novel in this sequel which begins with Amar (Aashim Gulati) and Taran (Neha Sharma) going for a vacation in the snow capped mountains of Scotland and an accident separates Amar from Taran. The grief stricken Taran is consoled by Amar's 'papaji' (Kanwaljit Singh) and Amar's two sisters. One day Shekhar (Aditya Seal) walks in their life as a ray of hope and things start changing.
Taran and Shekhar start developing feelings towards each other while the image of Amar still keeps her haunting with the mesmerizing 'Fariyad' sung by the legendary Jagjit Singh and Rekha Bhardwaj.
Soon Amar makes a comeback creating a mess in the life of Taran who is now torn between her past and her present.
As said earlier as a writer Anubhav Sinha fails to add anything new to the one woman two men triangle in this sequel, this century old theme was better presented by him in the original. Though here he manages to give some endearing moments between Amar's sisters and Taran. Gurmeet's episode with her boyfriend from the neighboring country and the entire family meeting scene is funny.
But alas, the same good moments between the lovers are missing. Anubhav Sinha's direction is safe and simple. If we say Anubhav has replaced TUM BIN in today's time it won't be wrong but it's just a replacement mind you, not a remix.
TUM BIN 2 could have been a good debate on the idea of first love but Anubhav Sinha goes back to those cliches of triangular love stories we have seen since ages in the second half and round of sacrifices from men follow.
The director's desperate attempt to make us cry spoils the show plus the music of the sequel fails to reach the standards set by the original 15 years ago. Yes 'Fariyad' is an exception that keeps haunting and reminds of the genius we had in Jagjit Singh.
Performance wise, it's an earnest approach where Neha Sharma does her part well in her capacity. New comers Aashim Gulati, Aditya Seal are fine. We didn't expect a moon from them either.
Seasoned performer Kanwaljit Singh is fantastic. Sandali Sinha - the lead actress from the original appears for a one scene cameo and looks good.
Production values are rich and in technicalities Ewan Mulligan's Cinematography is marvelous.
TUM BIN when released fifteen years ago was pitted against Amitabh Bachchanan's AKS. Interestingly, both the movies introduced new directors to the industry. Anubhav Sinha made his first feature film debut with TUM BIN and Rakesh Mehra debuted with AKS.
AKS was a commercial failure but Rakesh Mehra's storytelling techniques made its mark and today he is still a force to reckon with in spite of MIRZYA and DELHI 6. Ironically TUM BIN became a hit but Anubhav Sinha even after 15 years is found struggling to make his independent mark as a director. The sequel of TUM BIN was perfect platform for Anubhav to make some serious noise as a filmmaker but alas! Still we keep this 'fariyad' (desire) in our dil (hearts) that Anubhav Sinha just not stick with endearing moments alone in his cinema, he gives an endearing 2+ hours cinema in future... a hint of 2019 was given in the film... just guessing.
- Actor: Neha Sharma, Aditya Seal and Aashim Gulati
- Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir and Shakeel Azmi
- Director: Anubhav Sinha
- Music Director: Ankit Tiwari
- Release Date : 18 Nov 2016