Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is a heart-wrenching love story. Maninder aka Manu Munjal (Ayushmann Khurrana) lives with his father (Girish Dhamija) and grandfather (Aanjan Srivastava) and is a gym trainer. Her sisters Preet (Tanya Abrol) and Meet (Sawan Rupovali) are married and they try to dominate her life and her choices. Meanwhile, his father is trying to force him to become a bodybuilder as he is not earning much. He has lost two consecutive bodybuilding championships to a fellow bodybuilder Sandy (Abhishek Bajaj). Manu is gearing up for the upcoming edition of the tournament but he is not looking in his best form. Life is not going very well but one day he meets Maanvi Brar (Vani Kapoor). He has rented a vacant place in Manu’s gym to conduct Zumba classes. The two soon become friends. When Manu injures herself at the gym, Maanvi takes her to the hospital and drops her off at home. His family members get excited to see him with a girl as they are after him to get married. Manu clarifies that both of them are just friends but they do not listen. Meanwhile, Manu really falls in love with her. They get intimate on the day of Holi. Before they have sex, Maanvi pauses for a second to clarify something. Manu does not let her speak and kisses her. This is where the romantic relationship between the two starts. One day when Manu is at Manvi’s house, he proposes marriage. At this point, Maanvi reveals a shocking truth about her life. What happens next will be known after watching the rest of the film.
The story of Abhishek Kapoor, Supratik Sen and Tushar Paranjpe is progressive, fresh and demands time as it delivers an important message. Supratik Sen and Tushar Paranjpe’s screenplay is highly entertaining and commercial. However, the writing could have been stronger in the second half. Supratik Sen and Tushar Paranjpe’s dialogues are fine and make for a laugh somewhere. There is an opportunity to have some great punchlines in almost every sentence but in this regard, the writers fail. However, some of the dialogues are sharp and Vaani Kapoor’s monologue at the interval point is worth clapping.
Abhishek Kapoor’s direction is neat. He presents the film in a commercial manner and makes sure that though the subject matter is bold, the film is very mainstream. His performance is also surprising as it is in contrast to his previous films like Rock On. , Kai Po Che , fitur  and Kedarnath  is opposite to. Some of the scenes are extraordinary, especially the ones dealing with Maanvi and her dilemma. Abhishek deserves congratulations as he handles it very sensitively and even defies stereotypes. On the other hand, though the first half is excellent, the film falls a bit in the second half. After Manvi’s disclosure, it seemed that the writers did not understand what to do to maintain the interest. They add to the story with some interesting scenes but it is not as impressive as the scenes in the first part. Thankfully, the film picks up pace from the pre-climax.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is just 117 minutes long and the characters are presented neatly without wasting time. The way the romance flourishes between them is commendable. The romance scenes are intense but not too bold. The scene where Maanvi makes a big confession is captivating but even more impressive is the intermission point. In the second half, there is a hospital sequence from where the film gets back on track. The climax is nail-biting and the audience will love it.
Ayushmann Khurrana is seen in excellent form as always. And this time too, he gives his 100 percent to his character especially the physical transformation. He is known for choosing risky characters and themes for his films and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is no exception. He deserves congratulations for once again stepping out of his comfort zone to play a role that not many actors would have dared to accept. Vaani Kapoor is brilliant and is going to surprise the audience. His character was quite challenging but he played it well and most importantly with sensitivity. He also deserves praise for agreeing to do the role. After this film, she will definitely be seen in a new light. Kanwaljit Singh (Brig Mohinder Brar) looks lovely. Karishma Singh (Karisma Singh; Maanvi’s friend) makes a big impression. Girish Dhamija and Anjan Srivastava are fine. Tanya Abrol is apt for the role while Sawan Rupawali has provided competent support. Abhishek Bajaj and Satwant Kaur (Navjot Brar; Maanvi’s mother) are decent. Gautam Sharma (Jomo) and Gaurav Sharma (Riz) are fine as sidekicks of twin brothers cum Manu. Yograj Singh (Guruji) is average.
The music of Sachin-Jigar is scintillating. The title song, played in the end credits, has been shot well. ‘Kheech Te Nach’ is the best. ‘Kalle Kalle’ and ‘Maafi’ are touching hearts. ‘Tumbe Te Zumba’ is good. ‘Akarshan’ is played in the lovemaking sequence and is portrayed well. Sachin-Jigar’s background score is apt.
Manoj Lobo’s cinematography is neat. Alan Amin and Vishal Bhargava’s action feels real. Bindiya Chhabria’s production design is eye-catching. Shruti Kapoor and Akshay Tyagi’s costumes are glamorous. Chandan Arora’s editing is slick.
Overall, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui tackles a bold and taboo subject in a sensitive manner with emotion. Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor’s scintillating performances make for a gold pe suhaga. Do watch this film.