Aashiqui 2 is a 2013 Bollywood romantic musical drama film directed by Mohit Suri. Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, it was produced by Bhushan Kumar and Mukesh Bhatt under the T-Series and Vishesh Films banners. Set in the early 2010s, Aashiqui 2 is a love story centering around the turbulent relationship between musicians Rahul and Arohi, a relationship which is affected by Rahul’s issues with alcohol abuse and temperament. It is influenced by the Hollywood film A Star Is Born.
The film is the sequel to the 1990 musical blockbuster Aashiqui, and initially caused concern in the Indian media that the film could live up to the high standards and success of the original. Production of Aashiqui 2 began in 2011, with the principal photography taking place in Cape Town, Goa andMumbai on a budget of 9 crore (US$1.4 million). The film which premiered on 26 April 2013 received a positive to mixed critical reception and became a major commercial success at the box-office despite featuring newcomers, earning 100 crore (US$16 million) worldwide within the first four weeks. It was declared as a blockbuster by Box Office India after its three-week box office run, and is currently the third-highest grossing Hindi film of 2013 and the highest grossing film ever produced by Vishesh Films. Box Office India called it the biggest surprise success of the year due to the magnitude of its’ success. The soundtrack to the film became very popular after its release; the songs “Tum Hi Ho” and “Sun Raha Hai” topped the charts across various platforms in India.