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Ishaqzaade review by ibnlive.com
Ishaqzaade critic rating (ibnlive.com): 2.5
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Ishaqzaade critic rating (bollywoodhungama.com): 3.5
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Ishaqzaade critic rating (The Telegraph): 3
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Ishaqzaade critic rating (Times of India): 3
Ishaqzaade review by DNA India
Ishaqzaade critic rating (DNA India): 2.5
 
 

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Ishaqzaade  (2012 - Hindi)

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Ishaqzaade cumulative rating: 3.2 out of 53.2/5 (203 users)

Ishaqzaade critics rating: 2.9 out of 5 2.9/5 (17 critics)

My Rating

  • “Alag-Zaade ..”

    Ishaqzaade rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 11 May 2012)

    There are some Writers/Directors who are connected to their roots, For E.g. Anuraag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj, Tigmanshu Dhulia, etc. These directors try to emphasize more on the story, location, small characters, dialects and most important try to do something different than the usual run-of-the-mill concepts. One such Writer-Director is Habib Faisal who came to limelight with films like Band Baaja Baarat and Do Dooni Chaar, showing true potential for earthy stories rooted in Indian sensibilities. His connectivity with the local language, characters, city and the feel is so convincing that these points turn out to be main selling-points of their films. After the success of these films, he brings us his latest flick “Ishaqzaade”, a love story set against the backdrop of small town politics in the hinterlands. Let’s find out how different it is as the basic plot does remind you of Romeo and Juliet types of films.

    “Ishaqzaade” is story of two political clouts Chauhan’s and Qureshi’s ruling over a small town Almor. The Chauhan’s grandson Parma {Arjun Kapoor} is a ruthless maniac who just wants to support his grandfather . Similarly the Qureshi’s are supported by their sons and a pampered-yet-bold daughter Zoya {Parineeti Chopra}. Elections are due and both parties are trying to outshine each other. Parma and Zoya on frequent intervals keeps crossing their paths and make their rivalry grow. Parma keeps misbehaving with Zoya, forcing her to slap him in public at one such instance. But instead of hating her Parma falls in love with Zoya and thus starts the whole new drama leading to unexpected twist and turns.

    Story will certainly remind you of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ along with huge remembrances from films like ‘Benaam Badshah’ and many more. But what work here are the treatment and the characterization, especially of the lead pair. The first half is fast and enjoyable with scenes like the whole intro of the characters followed by the issue over the dancer – Chand {Gauhar Khan}, Parineeti Chopra’s College speech and the drama after that, followed by Arjun meeting Parineeti in College bathroom, The whole marriage part and the aftereffects at the Interval point. After the twist at the interval point one starts wondering what’s next and that’s where the writers surprise you with few more twists like Arjun’s Mother’s track, Arjun and Parineeti meeting her parents and the grand finale. On the flip side the hasty growth of affection between Arjun and Parineeti did bother a bit. Also, the mother’s drama was bit overdone followed by the whole change of heart of Arjun Kapoor which was a bit unconvincing as well. Also the part where the couple stays at Gauhar Khan’s brothel was bit stretched and slightly dragging. Camera work is of top notch and manages to take you through the interiors of India with its fantastic locations. Check the whole chase scenes followed by the climax part where the cinematographer shows his finesse. Editing is perfect in first part, and yet could have been little bit tighter in between but ends with a positive note.

    Music by Amit Trivedi is superb and goes very well with the narrative. “Jhalla” and “Chokra” are item songs with fantastic lyrics and total masti. “Pareshaan” is one of the best songs from the film, beautifully and romantically shot. The title track goes very well and has the whole heroic feel in it. Also a special mention for background music which fits the entire ambience created by the director.

    Habib Faisal again has a winner in his hands with superb character-sketches {Parmar, Zoya, Qureshi’s, Chauhan’s, Chand, etc} followed by the dialect, the rural ‘Hinglish’ dialogs, Locations, mindset and the whole election group atmosphere. If you feel Mani Ratnam captured the whole Hindu-Muslim theme with panache, then check out this one where direction is total different and at times a bit too realistic. He has shown his main characters appear tough in front of all people when it comes to violence and politics, but over the love part they display a somewhat childish streak, which still appeals to the viewers and goes well with the film. He could have treated this film with the typical ending, but decided to make it something different. Yes at one point I did remember Sholay, but the whole purpose was total different as this love story makes the lovers to wake up and see the reality. Kudos to the makers.

    Arjun Kapoor shines in first half with his maniac laughter and style. He can carry both sweet and evil roles with ease, that’s for sure. Parineeti Chopra is fantastic throughout the film. Her boldness, emotional angle, maturity, softness, etc make her character lovable and likeable. Guhar Khan in small cameo is welcomed. The parents go well with the characters and do their part very well. Arjun’s Grandfather {Surya Chauhan} did remind a lot of Akhilendra Mishra.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum? Kaafi dum hai aur total ‘Alag’ kisam ka dum hai. The movie breaks the mould of conventional love stories at many points with its abrupt twist and turns, though some might seem unconvincing, but as the movie progress they stop bothering you and go with the flow. On the other side the masses might not connect with this film which has so much happening in it, especially the finale part. But for all film lovers who want different type of cinema, This Ishaqzaade is a total ‘Alag-Zaada.’.

    Ratings : 3.5/5

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