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Ishqiya review

Ishqiya The beginning of 2009 gave Dev D and 2010 starts with Ishqia. Both the movies are bold, path defining and had an unconventional script. Welcome debutant director Abhishek Chaubey and thumps up for him.

2 petty thieves Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) are on a run after double crossing their boss. From Maharashtra they flee to wild east of UP , the border town, Gorakhpur to their friends home. On arrival, they find the widow Krishna (Vidya Balan). From here you are taken a roller coaster ride of love, deceit, humor, passion, guns peppered with lavish raw, rustic dialogues.  Kalujan trying to woo her with his old world romance, while Babban has raw lust in the form of love for her. Both the uncle and nephew thieves who fall for Krishna are manipulated by Krishna and streaks of love and lust takes over culminating with a kidnap, guns and deceit. Its a complete transformation for Vidya Balan, who tears apart the image she had so far in Bollywood. Together with Arshad Warsi and Naserrudin Shah they make an interesting, unconventional combination. The success of the movie onscreen owes to the terrific performance of the lead actors.

It is quiet refreshing to see a Bollywood movie stepping out of its over the board glamour and glitz and into the rural land of UP. Of course shades of Kaminey is seen in the movie but then it is understandable since the director is from the school of Vishal Bharadwaj. The dialogues are very rustic and bold that you may need time to adjust to the β€œboldness” of the words you hear. But the charm of the movie lies herein.

At 2 hours, the movie is not unnecessarily dragging when a bit of tiredness tend to seep in the movie ends. Thankfully! Music by Vishal Bharadwaj is another highpoint of the movie and the song Dil To Bachcha Hai rings in this year’s super hit emotional attyachar!

GingerChai Verdict: Do watch it for the unconventional script, rustic, raw dialogues and scintillating performance by the lead actors.

0 29 January, 2010 Movies January 29, 2010

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    1. Post author
      Lakshmi Rajan

      *passes the tissue* lol

      Why emotional attyachar? Well, I meant it is going to be this year’s super hit emotional attyachar number πŸ˜€ corrected the line in the article! Thanks!

  1. Sanchit Goyal

    I watched the late night show of the movie and I shall say the movie was upto my expectations! I had a feeling that this wont be good and certainly it lived up to my expectations of not being good. :p :p

    The genre is surely different and as publicized the movie is “RAW”. But how often do we appreciate a movie just becoz it is different!!

    Personally I felt like the story was narrated like an essay!! The interest and curiosity never set in! Even the “TWISTS” were told in such a lame manner that you arent surprised at all……

    The only + point of the movie would be Vidya Balan and her role.

    People may say that Indian public doesnt understand this genre but I would say few people go with preconcieved notions that the movie is “different” and would be good and say the same even if the movie proves to be otherwise.

    For me it was a waste of time and money. All hopes set for Rann now!!

    My rating= 5.5 / 10

    PS: This is my personal opinion and I have nothing against any1 who liked this movie. This post is more like a “counter view” πŸ™‚

    1. Post author
      Lakshmi Rajan

      I appreciate your “counter view” πŸ™‚ but I feel the movie is much better than many idiotic movies sans scripts that bollywood dishes out in regular

  2. Pins N Ashes

    Going to the theaters when N Shah is on screen is a treat any day! It’s not a waste of time or effort or money. And yes the combination of 3 good actors, wanted to watch… resolved strengthened with ur review

    Cya and good day Mr R

  3. Sanchit Goyal

    Going to the theaters when N Shah is on screen is a treat any day! It’s not a waste of time or effort or money.


    Parameters are not same for everyone πŸ™‚

  4. Tavish

    Hey nice review… but one questions… ever since the promos have come I have got the feeling its a comedy version of omkara at least when it comes to the dialogues… is it?

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  5. antarman

    I was very much interested in knowing what was the twist in the end, as I read in paper..but any Naseeruddin shah movie is a must see for me:)

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