"After the successful run of Aashiqui in 1991 and in
following years due to repeat runs at theatres and on TV and the
music ruling the chart for years, we must make a departure from the
previous genre," Bhatt told PTI.
Aashiqui 2 needed the departure as the audience has
changed and a whole new generation now flock to multiplexes for
wholesome entertainers, Bhatt said after a promo meet.
"Aashiqui was a cult movie. It will sound cliche if you
say you want to reach that level. You can't repeat the success of
any movie. So let's call it another movie, with a fresh cast, a
whole new look, a whole new content and a rocking music director
(Jeet Ganguly) who is a household name in Bengal and also making
his mark in Mumbai," he said.
"Aashiqui 2 ushers in the glorious golden period of
cinema... the phase of films like Abhimaan. It rekindles
the feel of the 70s and 80s - which celebrated middle class values
- and seeks to bring back that kind of cinema. But it's set in the
contemporary world," he said.
On the reason behind casting Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha
Kapoor, Bhatt said, "You cannot repeat Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal in
the present age Aashiqui. Can you? For the simple,
emotional flick high on adrenalin, we needed two fresh faces in the
lead as well as in music," he said.
Stating that all the tracks of Aashiqui like 'Nazar ke
samney' were his favourites, music director Jeet Ganguly said he
was hooked to the music created by Nadeem Shravan when he heard it
for first time at a young age.
"Once Mr Mahesh Bhatt approached me for Aashiqui 2, I
stopped listening to those tracks. That was needed to impart
freshness to the music," Ganguly said. "As Aashiqui 2
songs like 'Tum Hi Ho' and 'Sunn Raha Hai' are topping the charts,
I hope this will also strike a chord," he added.