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 “boldness” 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.