Mahesh Bhatt promises a superior “Aashiqui” at the music launch of the sequel of one of his biggest hits

Some 23 years ago after he first indulged in Aashiqui, Mahesh Bhatt is back with its sequel. The Bhatt camp which has now become the sequel factory has one again joined hands with T-Series, which produced the original. With Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor replacing Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy and Bhatt passing on the baton to Mohit Suri, the cast along with Mahesh Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar of T-Series were in the city for the music launch of the film.

Bhatt recalled how late Gulshan Kumar had approached him years ago to make a movie together, which eventually turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the 90s. And after 23 years, his son Bhushan approached Bhatt for a sequel.

Slated to release on April 26, one wonders, whether Aashiqui 2 will have the same magical effect as its prequel or will it vanish into oblivion like many other sequels. Well, Bhatt promised, “It is going to be more intense than the original and a superior product!”

As Bhushan Kumar was called onto the podium, he became extremely sentimental while explaining what Ashique 2 means to him. He said, “This is a very emotional moment for me because Aashiqui was my father’s first feature film.”

However amidst all the glamour, nostalgic moments and excitement of the newcomers, a comparison was drawn between the two films and whether the new edition will meet the benchmark of the former one? Aditya shared his experience, “You walk-in to a movie, knowing that you have to live-up to something.”

The Nadeem Shravan’s music of the original is still remembered but from what one heard at the event, the new tunes sound catchy with as many as three composers (Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly and Ankit Tiwari) contributing. Songs like “Tum Hi Ho”, “Sunn Raha Hai” and “Hum Mar Jayenge” are already garnering praise on social media sites. Bhatt said that the ‘90s melody was different. “The time is over for just one music director to compose for the film. Today we take up anything which is good, without looking for image or reputation.”