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‘Tum Bin 2’ review: Confusing cocktail

Stirring mixed feelings of love just like the first part, the director formulated a confusing cocktail and gave it shape into a love-triangle.

Jyotsna Basotia | New Delhi |

Film: Tum Bin 2
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Neha Sharma, Aditya Seal, Aashim Gulati and Kanwaljit Singh
Surprising movie goers, filmmaker Anubhav Sinha unmasked the sequel to his 2001 romance-drama Tum Bin after a gap of 15 long years.
Sadly, it seems that the cue was the only “surprise element” to its forerunner Tum Bin 2.
Stirring mixed feelings of love just like the first part, the director formulated a confusing cocktail and gave it shape into a love-triangle between Taran (Neha Sharma), Amar (Aashim Gulati) and Shekhar (Aditya Seal).
Ten minutes into the narration after a romantic number shot in stunning snow peaks of Scotland, Taran’s lover Amar goes missing after a fatal accident.
He is nowhere to be found and she is all alone with a void that no one can fill. As Amar’s father (Kawaljit Singh) and her two sisters support her in the tough times, Shekhar comes to their doorstep and fills her life with happiness. 
With the love triangle brewing, the girl finds herself in a bewildering mess that falls in her lap. 
The actors try hard to bring a genuine emotional impact onscreen but hardly make any. Neha struggles to get the pain of having lost the love of her life in her eyes or body language, and at times disappoints with superfluous laughter or tears. Aditya flaunts a trendy look but lacks the right emotions even though he tries hard. Debutante Aashim makes an impression with his Shah Rukh Khan-style in the first song.
It seems the real hero of the movie is Kawaljit as he astounds in each scene. If the fresh faces miss getting the right expressions, he balances it with his performance.
The dialogues fail to engage the viewers and the direction misses the mark with abrupt scenes that land out of nowhere.
But, the cinematography is splendid! If the scenes fail to grab your attention, you may as well pass your time admiring the picturesque locales shot in the film.
The love story becomes exaggerated and over-dramatic with uncanny human emotions and reactions. You may even struggle to stay hooked in your seat until the tragic climax. 
Skip Tum Bin 2 and revel in the melodious songs of Tum Bin.