Tum Bin 2 Official new Trailer 2016 | Neha Sharma | Aditya Seal | Aashim Gulati | Kanwaljit Singh
Tum Bin 2 releases 15 years after its first installment. Will the film be able to recreate Tum Bin’s success? Here’s our movie review
Cast: Neha Sharma, Aashim Gulati, Aditya Seal, Kanwaljit Singh
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Some viewing experiences can be so tedious that they leave you squirming in your seat. Tum Bin II is one of those few films of 2016 that made us long for this long saga of tears, and more tears, end. Sadly Anubhav Sinha is not kind to his audience.
We start off with a young couple – Amar (Aashim Gulati) and Taran (Neha Sharma) – headed for a skiing vacation. A poor cousin of Dilwale’s “Gerua” follows and next thing you know, and can easily predict, is that things will go downhill for Amar. It’s another thing altogether that at this precise point one can also easily foresee the film’s climax. And we are barely 15 minutes into the running time of two hour and 26 minutes. Amar disappears and Taran is now the perennial mopey heroine, the sort that can easily get on your nerves. Giving her company in this hour of grief are Amar’s father (Kanwaljit Singh) and her two sisters, one of whom is in love with a Pakistani man, which allows Sinha to enlighten us on how love has no boundaries and crack a few jokes.
It is Shekhar (Aditya Seal) who gives Taran ample reasons to move on with his philosophical babble on death, love, happiness, life and relationships. One of his maxims is “Life is a summer vacation” which is ironical given that it’s mostly cold and grey in Tum Bin 2. What does Shekhar do? We don’t know. Only that he can bake a cake in 15 minutes and has a patisserie owner who can help Taran set up her own. One can easily sleep through all this. But Taran is drawn to Shekhar and after one happy drunken jig in Scotland, she is a changed woman finally able to let her first love go. Eight months later, just when Taran is learning to laugh and also love once again there’s an expected surprise which is cue for Taran to start crying more as she is gulit-ridden and conflicted about love. Taran is now a football kicked about from one end to the other, having little say in matters of her own heart.
Tum Bin 2 takes its tag of a romantic musical too seriously. The first song comes in the first five minutes, and then after every 15 minutes there is yet another ballad which sounds like the song preceding it. What Anubhav Sinha’s film desperately needed is an editor with scissorhands for the film moves at a snail’s pace with far too many slo-mo sequences and get-togethers where the leads keep gazing at each other or exchanging forlorn looks. Neha Sharma is committed to being dejected and also looking perpetually freezing given she for most part is made to wear sleeveless clothes while everyone – even the Scots – around is covered up in warm ones.
Arriving 15 years after the first one, Tum Bin 2 is stale, all-too-familiar, superfluous sequel that never strikes the one place it really should – the heart.