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Ishqiya critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3.5
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Ishqiya critic rating (Times of India): 3.5

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Ishqiya  (2010 - Hindi)

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Ishqiya cumulative rating: 3.6 out of 53.6/5 (70 users)

Ishqiya critics rating: 3.55 out of 5 3.55/5 (12 critics)

My Rating

  • Love – Desi tadka maar ke…

    Ishqiya rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 29 Jan 2010)

    Most love story have been so typical and predictable. It’s very rare when we see something different or experience the unheard stuffs. Whenever such attempts have been done the director has proved its brilliance, but most of time all this goes vain{as far as box office success goes} in name of Art house cinema. But then there are few film makers like Vishal Bharadwaj who make films inspired by world cinema and adapt them so beautifully by draping them with Indian flavor. Adding to his different type of cinema we have “Ishqiya” a different type of romantic film set in the rural backdrop of central India with vision and storytelling of International quality.

    “Ishqiya” is story of Khalu{Naseerudin Shah} and Babban{Arshad Warsi}, two petty thieves who are on run from their mentor Mushtaq Bhai {Salman Shahid}. They end up in a border town in U.P from where they can escape to Nepal. In order to do that they need help of a Mishra {Adil Hussen}, only to find out that he is dead and the house is managed by his widow Krishna {Vidya Balan}. Before they could react or take some different step, Mushtaq Bhai lands up over there and gives them some time to return his money or else he will kill all three of them. Meanwhile Khalu and Babban both starts falling in love with Krishna who works out a plan which will fetch them all loads of money and fulfill their dreams. Thus starts the ride full of twist and turns leading to something unexpected.

    Story is different but at times felt bit overdone. Screenplay and Dialogs are the department where most of work is done. The movie has so many twist and turns and moves so fast that it hardly gives you time to think. The second half of the movie drags quite a bit in comparison to the superb first half. The language used out here is total rural with perfect accent and thus need time to get in the groove of it. Once you are in you can start enjoying it with some dash of swear words too. Camera work is superb and has achieved in capturing the flavor of the film.

    Music by Vishal Bharadwaj is superb. The movie starts with Ab Mujhe koi followed by Badi dheere chali both beautifully sung by Rekha Bharadwaj. Ibn e baoota is a fun loving song but proper justice to it was needed in the film. Finally the song which has rocked everyone despite being a melodious and romantic song – Dil to baccha hain, the background music only is enough to lift you mood and create the wait for it followed by beautiful choreographed.

    Director Abhishek Chaubey has tried to attempt a different take on Love story, a take which might be quite complicated for most of people as it’s not the usual run of the mill story which we have seen or heard. But there are many points in second half where the graph goes down in comparison to its first half. Still a great effort and full justice to expectations for Vishal Bharadwaj type of cinema fans.

    Naseerudin Shah is one of India’s finest actors and has proved that he does not need any sort of commercial publicity to promote his film, it’s his work which speaks. Check out his emotions, reactions and body language in most of the scenes which are perfect as per the demand of the character. Arshad Warsi does his usual make people laugh type role, but in a different way. Vidya Balan as the “Sulti Bomb” manages to create spark by her eyes and charming mannerism. Though being bit over weight, she drapes herself properly in the rural earthy looks. Her character has loads of twist and turns and is totally unpredictable. Salman Shahid in small role after Kabul Express was nice. Sadly Adil Hussen fails miserably.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hain dum ?

    Dum?? Boss its full dumdaar with superb music and excellent performances. Yes there might be loads of query for most cine goers, also some might find it confusing as the pace is too quick. I wonder if Vishal himself had directed this film, maybe the movie would had been more dark, which would had done justice to the theme of the film as it mellows down in second half. But overall one should enjoy this different take on love blended with crime of central India –Desi tadka maar ke….

    Ratings : 3.5/5
    {Especially for the desi flavor and Dil to baccha hain ji}

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