– BY REEMA CHHABDA
The film Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is a surreal love story. Maninder aka Manu Munjal (Ayushmann Khurrana) works as a gym trainer and lives with his father (Girish Dhamija) and grandfather (Aanjjan Srivastav). Preet (Tanya Abrol) and Meet (Sawan Rupowali), his married sisters, strive to control his life and decisions. Meanwhile, his father is attempting to persuade him to stop working as a bodybuilder because he is underpaid. He has lost two straight bodybuilding championships to Sandy (Abhishek Bajaj), a fellow bodybuilder. Manu is getting ready for the forthcoming tournament, but he doesn’t appear to be in top form. His life isn’t going well, but then he meets Maanvi Brar (Vaani Kapoor).
She has booked a room in Manu’s gym to teach Zumba sessions. Both quickly form a bond of friendship. Maanvi brings Manu to the hospital and even drops him off at home when he gets hurt in the gym. His family members are ecstatic to see him with a female because they have been pushing him to marry. Manu stresses that she is only a friend, but her words are ignored. Meanwhile, Manu develops feelings for her. They become intimate on Holi day. Maanvi stops him for a second before they have sex to clarify something. Manu kisses her and refuses to let her talk. They establish a love relationship from this point forward. Manu proposes to Maanvi one day while they are both at her house. Maanvi shares a shocking reality about her life at this point. The rest of the movie is built around what happens next.
When it comes to the performances, Vaani Kapoor has come a long way, while Ayushmann Khurrana delivers another breezy performance. Vaani and Ayushmann’s connection is one of the film’s most compelling elements, and it would be wonderful to see their chemistry in another film.
Aanjjan Srivastav and Kanwaljit Singh, veterans, are as dependable as ever, while Tanya Abrol and Abhishek Bajaj, supporting players, also contribute.
Abhishek Kapoor’s writing and directing abilities have won us over. When it comes to Abhishek Kapoor’s ability to educate the public, Maanu is featured researching sexuality and what the term “trans” actually means. The 117-minute romantic comedy is packed with comedic punches, making it a lighthearted drama with a serious issue aimed at educating the audience.
Chandan Arora’s editing is sharp for a change in a Bollywood film, so credit to him, while Manoj Lobo’s camerawork is adequate. Sachin–Jigar deserves credit for not releasing any remixes, with two of their tracks, Maafi and Kalle Kalle, sticking out.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is a movie that everyone should see. It teaches us about tolerance and acceptance without being preachy or overbearing.