Verdict: An endearing tale of a young love.

Written and directed by Marathi cinema veteran Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ashi Hi Ashiqui is a young love story starring Abhinay Berde, son of the late comedy superstar Lakshmikant Berde, and introduces Hemal Ingle as the female lead.

What’s Ashi Hi Aashiqui About:

“Oh, to be young and to feel love’s keen sting.” – Albus Dumbledore
Swayam Deshpande (Abhinay Berde) is a TY student who wants to express his love for the college hottie Mona. At a house party, he meets Amarja Kulkarni (Hemal Ingle), also a TY student and is instantly drawn to her simple and kind nature. They become good friends and Amarja is now a part of Swayam’s gang of friends He asks Amarja to help him woo Mona. However, in a turn of events, Swayam falls in love with Amarja and expresses his love for her. At first, Amarja is not sure about Swayam. But after talking to her father, Amarja decides to give Swayam a chance. They go out on their first date but meet with a minor accident. They both escape with just a few scrapes but something is discovered that shakes the couple and their families to their core.

What Works:

The energy of the film is young and will remind you of the rush of emotions you got when you were first crushing on someone. The lead actors Abhinay Berde and Hemal Ingle share cute chemistry as friends as well as boyfriend-girlfriend. Sachin Pilgaonkar‘s Ashi Hi Aashiqui is fresh in its dialogue and even with its portrayal of modern relationships between youngsters. Sunil Barve is good in his role as Swayam’s overtly doing father. It’s a delightful film that will warm your heart and it’s good for the entire family. It’s funny and emotional in equal parts and manages to keep you engaged.

What could’ve been better:

We never really get to know the characters in depth so it’s a bit difficult to relate to them. While most of the film is refreshing, the narrative flow seems a little jarring in places. Fewer songs would’ve made the film crisper and more engaging.

Why You Should Watch:

Everyone has fallen in love in their lives and Ashi Hi Aashiqui takes you down the memory lane of your days of blushes and crushes. This romantic drama makes for a good one-time watch.