Death is an eventuality, but what happens when its staring you in the face? It’s natural to think it only happens to others, which is what Rahul (John Abraham) thought as well. Aashayein opens with a not so promising beginning where a habitual gambler, with a big win in his pocket and a ring on his girl (Sonal Sehgal), loses his dream before he can start living it.
Diagnosed with lung cancer and given 3 months to live he goes into denial and indulges in crude humour and aggressive antics. When realization sets in, he flees to a hospice on impulse. Every person here is awaiting death. This is where the movie redeems itself.
As each character is introduced so is their way of dealing with impending death. A teenage girl (Anaitha Nair) feigning bravery, mocks death with perverse humor, while a child is unperturbed by it. Elderly holding onto memories or still trying to find their place in the world.
The story combines reality with fantasy as Rahul discovers life in the days before his death. The interactions between the characters show them enjoying the smaller, heart-warming moments despite their painful reality. Kukunoor captures reality when he portrays the normalcy of their lives perturbed only by a weak moment or a death.
The performances vary in strength but the actors share an effortless chemistry, (especially John and Anaitha) Even at 2 hrs, the movie feels a bit stretched. The graph and fluctuation of emotions is bang on, which is what gets your heart in your throat.
One of those movies that make you realize: Live for today ’cause no one has seen tomorrow.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra