Some liked Ashiqui 2, the sequel of Mahesh Bhatt’s Ashiqui released in 1990; some simply hated it. I assume, those who hated it are comparing the sequel with the original Ashiqui. The comparison may be unfair as the original one was a blockbuster. And every thing about it, from male lead to his muse, received great reviews.
That said, time has changed a lot since 1990s. The way young people see life has changed a lot. But one thing is for sure, the Mahesh Bhatt’s Ashiqui had a kind of innocence in it. An innocence, where the viewer consciously or unconsciously focused on the ‘Innocent Love’. The Innocent Love, nubile Rohit Roy & Anu Agarwal managed to display onscreen. To bring home the point clearly, look at the Posters of Ashiqui and Ashiqui 2, side by side:
May be those who disliked Ashiqui 2, may be searching for that kind of aesthetics or emotional purity. Well two decades is not a small time.