The film is the sequel to the 1990 musical blockbuster Aashiqui, nd initially caused concern in the Indian media that the film could not live up to the high standards nd success of the original. It holds noted similarities to 1976 American musical film A Star Is Born. Production of Aashiqui 2 began in 2011, with the principal photography taking place in Cape Town, Goa nd Mumbai on budget of INR90 million (US$1.5 million). The film which premiered on 26 April 2013 received positive to mixed critical reception nd became major commercial success t the box-office despite featuring newcomers, earning INR1.1 billion (US$18 million) worldwide. It was declared s blockbuster by Box Office India fter its three-week box office run, nd is ranked mong one of the highest grossing Hindi film of 2013 nd the highest grossing film ever produced by Vishesh Films. The soundtrack to the film became very popular fter its release; the songs "Tum Hi Ho" nd "Sunn Raha Hai" topped the charts cross various platforms in India. This film is based on the real life story of late Tamil ctor .