I decided to give this movie another chance. I watched it a year ago and disliked it, but it’s stuck with me and when I gave it another shot, I liked it better. Reduced expectations FTW!
The premise is made to be printed on the back of a dvd cover. Two strangers meet at night on a bridge in New York, preparing to jump. Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) has bankrupted his company in the recession and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) found out that her fiance cheated on her. Their suicide attempts are aborted by the coast guard, and they sneak out of the hospital together to try again. This could be really good material for a black comedy, as they try another few botched attempts to kill themselves together. I think Ranbir and Priyanka could pull it off, but the writers went the easy route and made a movie about people deciding to live each day as if it's their last and learning valuable lessons about love and life along the way. That doesn't have to make it a bad movie, but there's glimmers of what it could have been along the way.
Aas Paas Hai Khuda ends with a really poignant scene where Akash realizes that he’s no longer eager to end his life, and his connection with Kiara is why. And he finds out, suddenly and horribly, that she doesn’t feel the same way. The moment is sent straight to the trash once she’s in the hospital, as her doctor rants at Akash about how unappreciative some people are and how kids these days don’t value their life like they should.
|You know, maybe the woman with multiple suicide attempts has a little more going on than "kids these days".|