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Submitted by renuka on January 31, 2010 – 5:47 pm4 Comments

joints_60484928_72706553_11181407Film: Ishqiya
Star Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Salman Shahid, Anupama Kumar
Lyricist: Gulzar
Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Producer: Raman Maroo & Vishal Bharadwaj
Genre: Crime, Romance, Suspense
Duration: 2 hours
Rating: 3.5/5

A wacky kind of black comedy by the Debutant Director, Abhishek Chaubey, Ishqiya is a completely desi delight. Though there is a mark of Vishal Bharadwaj on the movie, the director has managed to come up with his own taste as well. If you are in a mood of watching some bold and hardcore cinema then Ishqiya can be on your list this weekend.

The movie has been set up in the milieu of eastern Uttar Pradesh and narrates out a romantic plot wherein the characters are entwined together in the muddle of crime, passion, suspense and betrayal. Babban (Arshad Warsi) and Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) are the two thieves on the lope as they have brawled upon with their boss, Mushtaq (Salman Shahid), who wants them dead. In a run for their life, they decide to hunt for haven at their friend’s place, but however, in their plan of doing so, they turn up meeting their friend’s widow, Krishna (Vidya Balan).

The screenplay is fantastic, and also, the music does not give any reason to complain. One of the best parts of the movie is its casting. Each and every character seems to be made in for his role. Be it Salman Shahid as don or Vidya Balan as widow, all of them have gone into the character, and this is something that makes the movie more convincing. The dialogues are hackneyed, corny and witty and sometimes go above your head, and while watching you feel that the sequences have been logically thought and then piled up together. Vidya Balan is truly in a “never seen before” role and the way she plays it makes you fall in love with the character. Arshad Warsi, we can say, is back in form and Naseeruddin Shah is no doubt perfect.

Overall the movie is a must watch with a spellbinding plot, fantastic performances and an absolutely engrossing story.


  • Anoushka says:

    Ishqiya is great film with some amazing performances by N.Shah, Warsi and Vidya Balan. But the crude and abusive language (even if justifying the script) does sometime go over the top. A film strictly recommended for adults/couples.

  • Nysa says:

    Aaye hai zindagi, kya dholak hai
    Horn bajake, aa bagian mein

  • Roma says:

    Irrespective of Vishal’s music, vidya’s flexible delivery of Gorakhpur’s slang language, theatrically acclaimed actor Naseeruddin falling for her and our very own ‘circuit’ in similar style to what Saif did in ‘Omkara’, all failed to impress me…

  • Pritish says:

    I too agree with you Roma.. Its been a fortnight and the magic that it created has just diminished..Hmm today’s bollywood movies are live only for a shelf life of 15 days and not more than that.

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