Release Date: 10th December, 2021
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor, Leena Sharma
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Star cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor, Gourav Sharma, Gautam Sharma & others
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Pragya Kapoor, Krishan Kumar & Abhishek Nayyar
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Box Office Review: Expectations
It’s an Ayushmann Khurrana film, so expect something niche yet interesting! This line summed up my thought when the trailer was out. Giving more hope was director Abhishek Kapoor’s name attached.
The trailer and the promotional follow-up made it clear that the film isn’t a regular rom-com, especially with a base of trans love story shouldering it. As we have seen in the past, Abhishek Kapoor has delivered some refreshingly entertaining films which have even clicked commercially. And now, with Ayushmann joining the force, the package looked like a complete winner.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Box Office Review: Impact
The film is really well made and fulfils your expectations. The subject like a trans love story was never approached like this in Hindi cinema. Kapoor does a good job of presenting such a topic with grace and keeping it light-hearted, without giving doses of ‘gyaan’. Humour is there, for those who like some natural funny comments in a flick.
Speaking of the cast, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor do full justice to their roles. Vaani shows a good improvement from all of her previous work in Bollywood.
The film keeps you hooked with its screenplay, music, and crisp editing!
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Box Office Review: Final Verdict
All in all, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui scores high with its content and commercial viability. It will surely work among youths, but the only concern will be its pull among the family audience.
Speaking about the competition, the film will face a slight effect of Ahan Shetty, Tara Sutaria’s Tadap. Apart from Tadap, there’s no big competition as of now. Spider-Man: No Way Home, releasing on 16th December, will take a huge chunk of the youth audience from the film. 83 and Jersey will dent it further.
Taking everything into consideration, it seems that the film will do business in the range of 45-50 crores at the box office.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor, Kanwaljit Singh, Karishma Singh, Tanya Abrol, Sawan Rupowali
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
What’s Good: The balance story maintains to not get preachy along with keeping a point in an entertaining way
What’s Bad: In the process of gaining the right balance, it loses some necessary elements and that pinches you throughout
Loo Break: It’s not even 2 hours, hold on to your pants! (This could be taken in either way)
Watch or Not?: If you’re familiar with the Ayushmann Khurrana school of cinema, you won’t mind getting admitted for this one at all!
Available On: Theatrical release
Runtime: 117 Minutes
Manvinder Munjal (Ayushmann Khurrana) has the body of a beast but remains to be single in his early 30s, facing the usual family heat of getting married to just any living thing around him (but it should be female and have ‘class’). Manu is competing to be the fitness champ ‘GOAT’ (Gabru Of All Time), runs his gym which is suffering losses until Maanvi (Vaani Kapoor) comes into the picture. Her ‘Zumba’ magic attracts clients (and perverts) keeping Manu’s gym afloat along with his hopes of having a girl in his life.
A couple of meetings (and songs) later, Manu falls for Maanvi and they have s*x, many won’t get for their entire lifetime, in one single song. Maanvi reveals she’s transgender and that fact shatters the machoistic, ‘gormint’ school going male in him. He goes batsh*t crazy but couldn’t get over the fact of finally loving someone after years of struggle since his last honest relationship. The rest of the film is all about how they manage to tackle this truth & find a way to be together.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Movie Review: Script Analysis
Abishek Kapoor gets his favourite writer Supratik Sen (Kai Po Che, Fitoor) back to the team coupling him with Tushar Paranjpe (Picasso, Killa). The narration religiously follows the three-act structure by keeping the routine character-introduction, a guy falls for a girl love story in the first 30 minutes, revealing the transgender twist in the next 30 and showcases how the characters deal with that twist in the last hour.
The major imperfection comes from the almost-perfect Ayushmann Khurrana’s filmography because he has spoiled us with his script choices. If I see this after films like Badhaai Ho, Bala and Dream Girl, I would expect a great deal of humour from it but that’s not the case here. It’s not a bland affair in the comical department, of course, but it’s not great either. Some jokes, dialogues fall flat, some hit the target. It lacks consistency as seen in Khurrana’s previous films (barring Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan). Now, I also understand the topic was sensitive this time around and playing around it would’ve been a risky proposition, but he’s the guy who made his debut as a sperm donor. So!
Manoj Lobo’s (Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na) camera quirkily captures the oomph exuded by both the at-their-physical best leads. With some neatly choreographed make-out scenes, Lobo knows his way of smoothly panning the camera around the chiselled bodies of Vaani & Ayushmann. Chandan Arora’s editing is one more additional advantage restricting the film to the very sweet spot of just under 2 hours.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Movie Review: Star Performance
Ayushmann Khurrana, at this moment, is just like the climber standing at the peak of Mt. Everest thinking about “What now? What’s next?” The rate, he has bombarded moviegoers with good scripts, doesn’t allow him to make a single mistake. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is yet again a safe space to move in because this allows him to do something he has never attempted before. He’s as convincing with his physical transformation as was playing blind in Andhadhun. Kudos to him for not only being the torchbearer of quality cinema in Bollywood but holding the place with grace.
Vaani Kapoor finally gets a chance to prove the level of effortlessness she can achieve by surrendering herself to the character. Her urbanised look is somewhat similar to what she did in Befikre but with multiple additional layers of emotional depth and connect. There was every scope of overdoing her character but Vaani maintains a mannerly balance to portray a transgender. Kanwaljit Singh gets too little to establish anything but surely helps Vaani’s character to grow further.
Karishma Singh as Vaani’s friend, though stereotyped, adds a certain value to the whole relationship of Vaani & Ayushmann’s character. Tanya Abrol & Sawan Rupowali as Ayushmann’s sisters are annoying as they’re supposed to be, so good job.