Aashiqui 2 (transl. Romance 2) is a 2013 Indian romantic musical drama film directed by Mohit Suri. Starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, it was produced by Mukesh Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar under the Vishesh Films and T-Series banners. Set in the early 2010s, Aashiqui 2 is a love story centering on the turbulent relationship between musicians Rahul and Arohi, a relationship which is affected by Rahul's issues with alcohol abuse and temperament. The film loosely follows the plot of A Star is Born (1954). The film is a spiritual successor to the 1990 musical film Aashiqui, and initially caused concern in the Indian media that it could not live up to the high standards and success of the original. Production of Aashiqui 2 began in 2011, with the principal photography taking place in Cape Town, Goa and Mumbai on a budget of ₹180 million (US$2. 6 million).