Aashiqui 2Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Aashiqui’ became a critically acclaimed film of 1990’s, because of the music which still echoes with the hearts of many lovers.

In 2012, its makers, T-Series & Vishesh Films, joined hands yet again to take their successful musical franchise – ‘Aashiqui’ forward.

While the musicial drama that released over 2 decades ago starred Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal in career changing roles, the latest installment, ‘Aashiqui 2’, helmed by Mohit Suri stars Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor in the lead and will see its release 26th April 2013.

“The franchise continues… the film is a completely brand new product with an extraordinary story. We will take the brand, not the story forward with an out-and-out love story,” says Mahesh Bhatt, the producer.

Contrary to the reports, ‘Aashiqui 2’ is not a sequel to ‘Aashiqui’. The film’s director Mohit Suri clarifies, “It’s a new story. The only similarity is the music and the love story. There are seven to eight songs in the film, which makes it a musical.”

Talking about what you can expect from the film, producer Mukesh Bhatt says “It’s a contemporary love story dealing with mature emotions. All three actors have extremely challenging dramatic roles. It’s not a film about only looking good, singing and dancing. These are performance-oriented parts, and we’re convinced that ‘Aashiqui 2‘ would do for Shraddha, Aditya and Shaad what the first ‘Aashiqui’ did for Rahul, Anu and Deepak Tijori.”

Keeping with the brand of the film, the music yet again continues to remain a highlight with the first song ‘Tum Hi Ho’ already making waves on the music front. “We’ve already recorded many songs for the film and we’re confident that the audience will enjoy them. But people insisted we bring back at least one song from the original. Whatever the outcome, the music will not disappoint,” says Bhushan Kumar, the co-producer.