`Aashiqui 2` not inspired by `Abhimaan`: Mahesh Bhatt

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2013, 20:44 PM IST

Kolkata: ‘Aashiqui 2’ has neither been inspired nor does it much resemble ‘Abhimaan’, the 1973 classic starring Amitabh Bachchan, says the film`s producer Mahesh Bhatt.

"What was unique about `Abhimaan` was a talented successful male artist discovering a simple but talented village girl and then falling in love with her, the resemblance to `Aashiqui 2` ends there," Bhatt said at the media meet of ‘Aashiqui 2’. He was accompanied by the lead pair Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.

‘Aashiqui 2’ being a love story of the 21st century deals with pain and loneliness as well as other issues that audiences in the 1990s or before wouldn`t have connected with, he said.

"When societies evolve, stories evolve, characters evolve. India is now drastically different from the time `Abhimaan` was made. Apart from the earlier similarity I have mentioned, there is no similarity between the two movies," he added.

"The film has a lot of heart. It has a world view that the new age audiences would connect to," said the 64-year-old.