Ishqiya isn’t how you would expect a normal love story to be. Rather than a sweet love story full of songs that you have seen so many times in a Bollywood movie, Ishqiya is a spicy and a sizzling story, which makes you keep guessing what’s going to follow next. Even the characterization of the film being done in the most interesting manner to keeps you hooked to your seat.
The director of Ishqiya has told this most unusual story in the most beautiful manner and both producer Vishal Bhardwaj and director Abhishek Chaubey need to be congratulated for experimenting with this kind of cinema. The film looks like a real and a wild story, which has been narrated just at the right pace by debutant director.
The film at certain points, more especially in its rural set up and language, looks to be somewhat similar to Vishal Bhardwaj’s earlier venture Omkara, but apart from these two similar, it is in no way an Omkara.
Ishqiya is the story of two thieves Khalujaan [Naseeruddin Shah] and Babban [Arshad Warsi], who after running away from their boss try to take shelter in a friend’s house. But, instead of meeting their friend, who unfortunately is dead, they end up meeting his widow Krishna [Vidya Balan]. Slow the two men get drawn towards the woman, until the past catches up with the three.
It takes just 15 minutes for you to get familiar with the two main male characters of the film. But once you are familiar with them, you enjoy every moment of the film thereafter.
The first hour of the film is quite ordinary and the story tends to get dramatic and unpredictable only in the second hour. But, once the story takes off, it keeps you hooked with various twists and turns every now and then, making you wonder, where its ultimately heading for
Abhishek Chaubey as a debutant director has shown a remarkable skill both in terms of selecting the subject and handling it. Abhishek is extremely comfortable in handling various difficult scenes of the film like the song Dil To Bacha Hai, the kidnapping drama, the heated arguments or the love making scenes.
Though, talking in general terms, the story and the screenplay of the film is good, you come out hoping whether the climax could have been written in a better manner. The story could have been narrated in a better manner at the climax so that the viewer does not leave the hall slightly confused, as he will now. Apart from the story, the music score of the film by Vishal Bhardwaj is also good and keeps you attached to the film. The cinematography and Dialogues of the film are also its high point.
All the three lead actors of the film have given a sparkling performance. The film can boast of having one of the finest actors of bollywood Naseeruddin Shah, who in some scenes of the film has shown his caliber as an actor. The performances of Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan are also flawless and the two have matched Nasir perefectly. Alongside, even some junior artists of the film like the one in the character of Jijaji, have given a noteworthy performance.
So, with a good story, exciting plot, great performances, soulful music and talented director, Ishqiya is definitely worth watching.
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