Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui scores a high #1 on Netflix



Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is now trending at #1 on Netflix. Photo: Universal Communications

Some films win success, some win respect. Others win neither, and rare movies win both!

Abhishek Kapoor, actor Jeetendra’s nephew, has had a checkered innings as director (following his unsuccessful and brief stint as actor in less than a handful of films in the 1990s). Aryan—The Unbreakable (flop), Rock On!!! (success in some centers), Kai Po Che! (critical appreciation), Fitoor (disaster) and Kedarnath (modest success) were his movies as the captain of the ship.

His sixth directorial, Chandigarh Kare Aaashiqui, may just make the ROI (return on investment) grade, if not in the theatres, then overall. However, it has found high appreciation at audience as well as critical levels. Its theatrical release has found it being hailed as one of the most path-breaking films in recent times.

The film continues this winning streak upon its OTT release as it is trending at no. 1 position on Netflix across India, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and many other countries. Currently, it is the only Indian film to be a part of the Global top 5 list on the platform. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui also remains the most viewed non-English film of late as it gauges a whopping 5.3 million hours of viewership within just three days of its digital release.

Breaking stereotypes, the subject of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui made a huge impact and Ayushmann Khurrana, known for tackling social taboos, played the gym rat from Chandigarh. Vaani Kapoor’s bold performance as a transgender has also been widely appreciated. The strength of the film lay in its surprise element as most audiences went in looking at another mere romantic comedy. The film also had a string of memorable performances from the supporting artistes that played friends and family to the lead pair. Sachin-Jigar scored the music.

The T-Series and Guy in the Sky Pictures production by Bhushan Kumar and Pragya Kapoor was released in cinema December 10 and on Netflix January 7, 2022. It remains one of the few socially-relevant films of the year alongside Rashmi Rocket, Tribhanga, Pagglait, Shaadisthan, Sherni and Mimi.



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