Tum Bin 2 is neither a sequel, nor a sob fest but Anubhav Sinha’s tribute to his own 2001 surprise hit ‘Tum Bin’. The second instalment is an earnest remake of the original with a few minor twists. Interestingly, Sinha retains the pulse of the original – ‘melancholy’ and breathes new life into it by altering the story a bit and casting fresh faces with most doing justice to his sensibility. But can an ‘old-fashioned’ tale appeal to the Tinder generation that is lured into judging concepts like commitment and sacrifices? It certainly does and in fact comes as a breath of fresh air, albeit with an over-sentimental second half that drags incessantly.
Amar (Aashim Gulati) and Taran (Neha Sharma) love each other, and then something terrible happens, and he drops out of the picture. She grieves and mopes, along with Amar’s `papaji’ (Kanwaljit Singh) and her two sisters, and then one day the personable young Shekhar (Aditya Seal) turns up on their doorstep, and things start to change.
Two guys, one girl, and the mess they can create amongst themselves may be the oldest story in the book, but it can quite easily be refreshed given the right story and treatment. Unlike the first one which brought these elements together nicely, it doesn’t happen here, despite some well executed moments.
The film is staggeringly simple-minded: it has faith, in an old-fashioned way, in the healing power of love and the catharsis of pain. That might not necessarily be a drawback for a film seeking mass connect.
But the characters are airily conceived and presented, robbing them of any tangible, relatable emotions.
Like the original, the USP of this film is also its soulful music. However, not a single new track manages to beat Jagjit Singh’s Koi Fariyaad, even if it’s the revamped version. Cinematography is stunning as well. While the first half engages you emotionally, a tedious second half loses steam, resulting in an unconvincing climax. You wish dialogues were stronger as well.
Despite the odds, if you like old-fashioned love stories with great music, Tum Bin 2 is a partially heartrending tale that can be watched for its beautiful message and sincere execution.