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Ishqiya (2010)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 2,135 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 29 January 2010 (USA)
  • Director: Abhishek Chaubey
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Ishqiya (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Ishqiya (2010)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 2,135 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 29 January 2010 (USA)
  • Director: Abhishek Chaubey
  • Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi
  • Original Music By: Vishal Bhardwaj (music) Hitesh Sonik (background score)  
  • Soundtrack: Badi Dheere Jali
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Fugitive | Death By Explosion | Femme Fatale | House Explosion

Writing Credits By:

  • Vishal Bhardwaj (screenplay) &
  • Sabrina Dhawan (screenplay) &
  • Abhishek Chaubey (screenplay)
  • Vishal Bhardwaj (dialogues)

Known Trivia

  • Preity Zinta was the initial choice for the female lead but turned it down.

Plot: While on the run from goons, a man and his nephew fall for a kidnapper's seductive widow. Full summary »  »

Story: Ishqiya is a story about love arising in characters, portrayed uniquely according to their own personal traits. The situations in the plot lead the characters to experience the emotion creeping into their lives in the most unexpected manner.Written by Shemaroo Entertainment Pvt Ltd  


Synopsis: The film starts with Krishna Verma (Vidya Balan) trying to convince her husband, Vidyadhar Verma (Adil Hussain), a local gang-lord, that he should surrender. He agrees, but is soon killed in a gas explosion. Two criminals Iftikhar aka Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Razzak Hussain aka Babban (Arshad Warsi) botch up a job and escape from the clutches of their boss Mushtaq (Salman Shahid), who wants to bury them alive. They land up in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh to seek refuge in the house of Vidyadhar Verma.

Instead they meet his widow Krishna, who gives them shelter and tries to seduce both of them in order to achieve her own secret goal. She proposes the kidnapping of Kamalkant Kakkar aka KK (Rajesh Sharma), a small businessman. The duo reluctantly agree, since they want to escape the clutches of Mushtaq. Khalujan and Babban meantime realize that they are falling for Krishna, but they do not reveal their feelings to each other. Khalujan decides to tell his feelings to Krishna, but is shocked when he sees Krishna and Babban having sex. Khalujan is angry, but keeps quiet. However, when the kidnapping does not go as smoothly as wanted, Khalujan and Babban start fighting.

Meanwhile, Krishna tortures KK and asks him where her husband is hiding, revealing that Verma might be alive. KK finally calls Verma. Both Babban and Khalujan realize that Krishna was just using them. They confront her, whereupon she reveals that KK and Verma were partners in the illegal business and that Verma is still alive. The duo reach KK’s factory and are shocked to find Verma. Verma’s goons blindfold the duo and take them to a deserted spot. When they take out their blindfolds, Babban sees Nandu (Alok Kumar), a boy he had previously met, pointing a gun at them. However, Nandu leaves them alive and explains the whole story. He tells that Verma had no plans to leave his criminal life, so he faked his death in front of Krishna, so that she would think he is dead.

Khalujan and Babban race back to Krishna’s house, where they have left her tied to a chair. Meanwhile, Krishna succeeds in opening the tube of gas cylinder, causing a gas leak. Verma confronts her and she tries to kill both of them by igniting a lighter. Verma assaults Krishna while the duo arrives. Soon, police arrive at the scene too. Verma’s goons are killed in a shootout, while Verma is killed in a gas explosion. The duo save Krishna and soon the trio is seen walking away from the burning house.

Unknown to them, Mushtaq is pointing a gun at them. Suddenly Mushtaq’s wife/mistress calls (whose voice is surprisingly similar to Krishna’s). The trio are still seen through the gun hole of Mushtaq, thus making their fate unclear, although it can be assumed that Mushtaq left them alive.

Cast and characters

Naseeruddin Shah as Khalujan/Khalu/Iftikhar, 51-year-old Khalujan is a pure romantic at heart. He is a bit of an odd cookie in the world of crime. Sure, he has a sharp mind and body and has been toughened up over the years living in the world of guns and gangsters; yet, he is very emotional and tender at the core. He wants to go back to his village and wants to settle down in a quiet, peaceful country life existence. Only, life had other plans for him. Love happens to him. Krishna happens to him.

Arshad Warsi as Razzak Hussain aka Babban, 32-year-old Babban is in more ways than one, the antithesis of the kind of man his uncle is. If Khalujan is all heart and soul, Babban is all flesh and blood. He is hot-blooded, lustful and scoffs at the idea of true romantic love. Babban is cynical, indifferent to finer things in life and tough as nails. Through the course of the film, Babban discovers what it is to love and to be betrayed. It makes the dormant softer side of him come alive. Perhaps for the first time in his life, Babban cares, for Krishna.

Vidya Balan as Krishna Verma, 30 years old, femme fatale, small-town girl, mysterious woman and forgotten widow; Krishna is a bundle of contradictions. She was seen as a woman madly in love, as an object of desire, as a vision of purity and engaging herself in a lustful bout with another man.

Salman Shahid as Mushtaq Bhai, Master of Khalu and Babban; a cold-blooded criminal who is chasing the duo after they botched up his job, causing him loss of money. Due to him, the duo has to take refuge in Vidyadhar Verma’s house.

Anupama Kumar as Manju Kakkad, Wife of KK; a typical wife of a rich businessman and a clueless person in all the drama.

Gauri Malla as Mamta (Nepali actress), Niece of a beauty parlor owner; runs a brothel in garb of beauty parlor; KK is her regular customer.

Adil Hussain as Vidyadhar Verma, Husband of Krishna and an illegal weapons dealer; likes Krishna but does not want to stop his illegal business, hence he fakes his own death in front of Krishna.

Rajesh Sharma as Kamalkant Kakkad aka KK, Founder of KK steel company, partner of Vidyadhar Verma in arms business; runs his arms business in garb of steel foundry.

Alok Kumar as Nandu, A 15 year old boy and acquaintance of Babban. Is given a contract to kill the duo by Vidyadhar Verma, but leaves them alive and tells them the real story as he feels that Vidyadhar has done injustice to Krishna.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Rekha Bhardwaj known as co-producer
  • Vishal Bhardwaj known as producer
  • Mansi Maroo known as co-producer
  • Raman Maroo known as producer
  • Ketan Maru known as co-producer (as Ketan Maroo)
  • Sanjay Mehta known as executive producer: Sukarma Films
  • Sanjay Roy known as supervising producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Naseeruddin Shah known as Khalujaan
  • Vidya Balan known as Krishna
  • Arshad Warsi known as Babban Hussain
  • Salman Shahid known as Mushtaq
  • Adil Hussain known as Vidyadhar Verma
  • Rajesh Sharma known as Kamalkant Kakkad
  • Anupama Kumar known as Manju
  • Gauri Mala known as Mamta
  • Alok Kumar known as Nandu (as Aalok Kumar)
  • Anisha Bano known as Tai
  • Jai Singh



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Vikram Gaikwad known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Dheerendra Dwivedi known as storyboard artist




Production Companies:

  • Shemaroo Entertainment
  • Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Marching Ants Advtg Pvt. Ltd.  publicity design
  • Movie Talkies  website design


  • Zee Cinema (2010) (India) (TV)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Ilamuruguselvan known as titles & visual effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 29 January 2010
  • Fiji 29 January 2010
  • India 29 January 2010
  • Kenya 29 January 2010
  • Mauritius 29 January 2010
  • Singapore 29 January 2010
  • Tanzania 29 January 2010
  • USA 29 January 2010
  • United Arab Emirates 29 January 2010
  • Australia 1 August 2010 (Melbourne International Film Festival)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Peter Young from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    Ishqiya tells the story of two petty thieves and one young andstrong-minded widow. It is a crime thriller cum love triangle and it'srather satirical throughout. It is written by two talents, VishalBhardwaj and Abhishek Chaubey, who had previously scripted togethersuch great movies as Omkara and Kaminey, only that this time the onewho directs this feature is not Bhardwaj, but Chaubey, who was hisassistant. The movie is set in a rustic village in Uttar Pardesh, andChaubey skillfully captures the atmosphere of this wild rural region.The strength of this film lies in the twisted and multi-layered scriptand the rather serene narrative style which is flavoured by soulfulmusical numbers and a touch of dark humour. The witty and well-honeddialogues, the sophisticated camera work, the colourful characters, andthe breathtaking cinematography, give the film an engaginglysuspenseful yet authentic feel. Ishqiya is highly unpredictable thanksto the many underlying secrets it contains, and they are revealed invery surprising turns, which are more of puzzle pieces. In themeanwhile it gives the audience a chance to watch a true triangularlove story, which is brought out on in an ironic sort of way.

    That's what makes it an overall enjoyable piece, and it certainly wouldnot have been possible without the film's three leads. It is VidyaBalan who stands out and steals every single of her scenes in herrestrained and understated portrayal of the mysterious, highlyappealing, deeply yet quietly tormented Krishna. Her presence alonesays it all, at times so much that her words are not as needed. Herwordless expressions convey so much of her essence that her truefeelings and inner devastation are easily uncovered. Not to forget thatshe looks smashing hot in her traditional and simple looks, which isonly aided by the cryptic screen persona she creates. Both NaseeruddinShah and Arshad Warsi play their roles convincingly, and Salman Shahidprovides good support in a negative comic role. Ishqiya feels very mucha Vishal Bhardwaj film, and well, he is also the film's producer andmusic director. The soundtrack is a treat and the songs give life tothe film, with such numbers as "Dil To Bachcha Hai" enhancing thenarrative. The ending lets the viewers make their own conclusions, butI still wish there was some catharsis, which never came. Anyway,Ishqiya is overall an entertaining film, so I recommend.

  2. Apurv Nagpal from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    Arshad looks incredulously at the boy in front of him. "Tu Kaise JaantaHai Itna Saara Hathyaron Ke Bare Main?". The boy, deadpan, with nosuggestion of humour, responds "Yahan Pe Chuttad Dhone Se Pehle,Tamancha Chalana Sikhate Hain". Welcome to a madcap roller coaster ridethrough a world that most Indian Netizens are not very familiar with,the India that we've kind of forgotten exists, the badlands of UP andits small villages, their on-going caste wars, con-men and utterlawlessness. Using the colourful, invective laced language thatcharacterises the region, it proceeds to poke fun at the madness thatpasses for everyday life in most such places. And it simultaneouslymakes us laugh and think, to feel for characters so nicely etched thatwe cheer even when they're breaking the law.

    Arshad & Naseer, Mama and Bhanja, both con-men, are on the run fromNaseer's Jijaji, for what exactly we're not sure but it involves somemoney and some ice. Due to a mix of circumstances which include anunwanted pregnancy and a jail term, they land up at the home of one oftheir ex-cell-mates, who it turns out has expired, leaving behind hiswidow, Vidya Balan. Unsure and hesitantly at first, Naseer & laterArshad develop feelings for our spunky but quiet lady. However, theJija returns. And then the game heats up…

    The situations and characters that we encounter are beautifully drawn.The sense of humour or wry perspective that we're offered, remainsintact through the film. The dialogue is witty and makes you chucklenon-stop. And the songs, the background music is of exceptionalquality. Right from the number of classics liberally laced in differentsituations (Dhanno Ki Aankhon Main, Pyaar Ka Surma at a brothel, AeMeri Zohra Jabeen as a ringtone for the Jija) or the semi-classicalsong that Vidya sings in the beginning or the two flagship songs thezany, peppy 'Ibn Batuta' or the lyrical, romantic 'Dil to Bacha Hai',after a long time in a Hindi film, it was worth the price of a ticketjust to see the songs.

    Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan light up the screen with theireffervescent performances, while Naseeruddin Shah, true to hischaracter remains the stable one. With his surma ringed eyes, readywit, goofy grin, angry stare and lovable roguishness, Arshad delivers aperformance we'd forgotten he was capable of. Vidya doesn't put a footwrong, playing on the emotions of both the men like a taanpura, sad,melancholic at times and smiling, alluring, teasing at others. For bothof them, this film will feature prominently on their CV for some timeto come. And Vishal / Abhishek continue their knack of picking anensemble cast that looks like they belong to the villages…each of thecharacters we meet look comfortably at home in their rural setting.

    more on this film, incl several dialogue references at ApurvBollywoodat blogspot, here it shows up as spelling errors. You must watch thisfilm !

  3. Naman Kapur from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    When I entered the movie hall to watch ishqiya i had a feeling of dejavu !! I thought it would be very similar to omkara but NO! it ain'tomkara.. The only thing similar in both movies is the village!!Debutant Abhishek Chaubey wastes no time in setting up his drama,throwing you into the story immediately, never wasting more time onunnecessary links.

    Ishqiya is pure delight.. Both in terms of the narrative that movesfrom one tangy twist to another and in terms of the performances.. Thefilm's USP is its lingo and witty dialogues which keep you tickling allthe time! Added to that the biggest star of the movie is the script perse!

    Set in the village of gorakhpur ishqiya deals with two small gangstersArshad and Naseeruddin who with vidya balan make a plan to kidnap asmall businessman to earn money and return to the head! But then thething which will blow you away is the chemistry between thetrio!(Arshad Naseer & Vidya) Arshad with his great comic timimg andabusive dialogues will win numerous accolades! Naseeruddin Shah is thelegend as everyone knows but in this film he shines in a great mannerin his romantic scenes with vidya!And of course Vidya Balan oh what aperformance she has given in this film! She has carried away a widowwoman full of vengeance in a superb way..

    The climax of the movie is fast paced and is full of twists and turnsbut the scenes between Arshad and Vidya are hilarious! Go have a blast!

    My Rating 8/10

    Thanks and Regards..

  4. Vikas SS from Mumbai, India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    Movie Review: Ishqiya (Hindi) 107

    If the promos were to be believed, this could have been one of the bestmade movies of the year. Who could predict that a movie that starredthe immensely talented Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsialong with the 'Vishal Bharadwaj' tag could only turn into a moviewhich you would call nothing more than 'Okay, decent'. Nevertheless, asmusic adds much needed spice, it's still worth your money!

    The film opens with Krishna (Balan) in bed with husband Vidyadhar Vermain playful pillow-talk. As Krishna addresses Verma as 'Jahaanpanah' onscreen, the audience was quick to append it with 'tussi great ho';remember "3 Idiots" anyone? Cut to next scene, a blast. Cut again toKhalujaan (Shah) and Babban (Warsi) fleeing with stolen money seekingrefuge at the now widow Krishna's village home near Gorakhpur.

    The story builds on as Krishna unleashes her femme fatale charms totame the duo to toe her line. Vidya Balan playing her part toperfection uses her 'desi' sensuality to the fullest while alsodisplaying shades of bravado firing the shotgun when needed. As withVishal Bhadwaj's movies, Ishqiya too has a rustic setting, foul mouthedcharacters and a hinterland heart. This flick deals with Kidnappingnear the Nepalese border.

    By interval time, the narrative just warms up enough to suggest thatthe trio now plan to kidnap a rich businessman for ransom. Khalu andBabban jump into agreement, given that their booty stands stolen andhas to be repaid while on the other, they're taken over by lust andlove for Krishna who manipulates their passions, so much so that Khalujunks his old lover's photo & Babban ditches his pal to make love toher.

    The film-makers may have planned their hard-sell on the plank thatKrishna's role is in shades of grey. Femme fatales have done well forthemselves all through history, be it Cleopatra, or in Bollywood,"Karz" or "Aitraaz". But expectations fall flat towards the end asKrishna turns into nothing more than the clichéd vengeful Indian wife.Well, being apologetic was the last thing that one could expect out ofa Vishal Bhardwaj film.

    Making things worse is the hurried rush of scenes towards the end; asif a student just realized that he only ten minutes left with half thepaper still to go. Climax is contrived and destroys the original 'femmefatale in grey' thread. But, its brilliant songs such as Rahat FatehAli khan rendition 'Dil to Bachcha Hai' and Singhs Sukhwinder & Mika's'Ibn- E-Batuta' work like a balm. Try it out and you won't regretwatching it.

  5. vivek7028 from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    There are many among the new 'cool' generation, who use Desi as aderogatory term in their conversations. Thanks to Vishal Bhardwaj, Desiis the new cool :). Some Bollywood lovers call him Quentin Tarantino ofBollywood, which I fail to understand. Without any disrespect to himand his fans, i would say that I have not seen a lot of Tarantino'swork, so i do not know care who he is. However, if we are comparingVishal Bhardwaj with him, he has to be good :) Having said that, thispost is not about Vishal Bhardwaj and he has not directed Ishqiya. Itis directed by his protegé Abhishek Chaubey, who does not deny that themovie has Vishal Bhardwaj stamp on it. If you have any doubts about thedebuting director's potential, the first few scenes in the movie willanswer all of them.

    The starting scene of the movie tells a lot about the competentdirector. The main protagonist of the movie will get you hooked rightfrom this very first scene. You will instantly come to know that youare watching something special. Everything from the sets, costumes,mannerisms and language is so refreshingly different and I am nottalking about the much talked about abuses. Yes, abuses are there butthey are just a small prop in a large structure. The still water, holycows, grasslands, dusty roads, glowing eyes of the villagers arecaptured beautifully. The rustic visuals create an old world charmthroughout the movie.

    There is no dull moment in the movie. It moves at a brisk pace withsmooth transition from one scene to another largely because of thecrisp writing. The dialogues are quirky and witty at the same times.That is the most fabulous part of the script. The wit in the dialoguesis not forced to put some light humor,it is there because the situationis like that. No one is trying to tell a joke (apart from one latifa asthe last wish before death :D) and there are no caricature like comiccharacters.

    Dialogues are witty but they have deep meanings also. It is a verydeadly combination to have. Watch out for the one liners on sexism,caste-ism and such wide-ranging topics. I am really inclined to givesome examples, but I do not want to add spoilers here. The directortouches the most sensitive topics affecting our country like naxalism,law and order, fanaticism in the deepest of manners with just few oneliners here and there. And the beauty of all this is, you will begiggling on those dialogues. What audacity !! One of the things whichmakes the movie hugely enjoyable is its music. We all know what happenswhen Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar combine for an album. The startingscene which i mentioned earlier has Vidya balan humming the song Abmujhe koi intezaar kahan which is sensual in its unique way.Ibn-E-Batuta kicks the start credits with lot of chutzpah and élan.Then there is a classical song in melodious voice of Rekha Bhardwaj,this is exactly the kind of song we do not hear that often in ourmovies and yearn for those. And then comes the song of the album, iwould dare say that this is the song of the year (i know it is justJanuary .. but still) Dil to bachha hai Ji. What a song, what afantastic piece of art !! , I think it is one of those songs that willremain in the pubic memory for a long long time. The background scoreis just about perfect for a thriller. And yes, the use of the songsfrom the past, which i think is Vishal Bhardwaj way of giving tributeto the Classics is incorporated to elevate the impact of the scenes toanother level.

    The kind of movie Ishqiya is, it relies heavily on performances. Andthat is where the casting team of the movie scores the brownie points.Every character fits the part to the T. Right from the child artist tothe old woman with the torch have a sense of participation in carryingforward the movie. The goofy don played by Salman Shahid makes us laughwithout making any apparent effort towards doing so. Coming to the leadtrio, There is no doubt that Arshad Warsi is one of the mostunderutilized actors in Bollywood. He has really side-splitting linesand he delivers them with aplomb. It is time that the industry giveshim the roles, which he is worthy of. Naseeruddin Shah expresses everycharacteristic of an aging man who falls for a young woman sowonderfully that the viewer almost tends to believe that he has agenuine chance against his younger competitor :). You have to justwatch his expressions of his likeness for Krishnaji and the way hetries to woo her is so endearing. Vidya Balan is playing a characterwhich requires her to look madly in love, vulnerable & helpless yettough & menacing, epitome of grace yet wild & seductive. And at timesthe camera just had to focus on her face and she manages to express allthose wide-ranging emotions without uttering a word ! If this is notclass, tell me what is? I just wish she makes the right moves; She hasall the ingredients of becoming an all time great.

    Ishqiya is the true Indian movie. It celebrates the rural heartlands ofIndia with lot of spunk and style. The only complain i have withIshqiya is that it ends too soon :) Team Ishqiya, take a bow !!

  6. bollywood hollywood from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    In Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj sets such a high standard for him self thatKamine even though good enough by typical bollywood standarddisappointed many. But here comes Ishqiya, almost matches Omkara blowby blow. Directed by a débutant Abhishek Chaubey, Ishqiya is a storyshown with a wonderful euphoria. And did I mention you that it has setappealing good standard for comedy too?

    Crisp script with proper blend of suspense and humor and on top of thatultimate cast selection makes sure nothing goes wrong. Every actor isgiven role what he is best suited for and in what he regards as best inbollywood. No need to say about class performance of Naseeruddin shah,and can any one match Arshad Warsi in on the spot comedy? Vidhya Balansuits so much in the role that you forget that you are seeing anactress from glamor world of bollywood.

    If you admire Omkara's genre, it is worth to watch Ishqiya. 8/10.

  7. Avinash Patalay from Middle Earth
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    "Ishqiya" is not for the entire spectrum of audience. For those whohave relished "Maqbool", "Omkara", "Dev D", "Kaminey" and were leftbegging for more, welcome aboard. Your prayers have been answered.

    Make no mistake – each frame exuberates passion. Its precise, planned,researched, and executed. Each dialogue and each emotion depictscreative juices. "Youth has the luxury to see thing in black and white,as we mature everything is grey". Indian Cinema has had long stint ofblack & white characters, its overwhelming to see the maturity and greycharacters being fleshed out effectively. Every character even ifappears for a small stint has a purpose in the movie and the loose endsget tied up towards the finale.

    ☼ Naseeruddin Shah:: I am at loss of words for somebody who is anepitome of acting personified. As Big B rightly acknowledged "WhenNaseeruddin Shah speaks, you simply bow your head and listen". Everyscene of Naseer is nothing short of sheen of gold, pure gold.

    ☼ Vidya Balan:: Now these are the kind of movies, Vidya Balan should bechoosing. She manages to carve her identity inspite of being pittedopposite Naseeruddin Shah. In the nutshell, she manages to culminatethe intensity of both Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil. When Naseer &Arshad sort things out (read that "wash dirty linen in public") itreminded me "Women and money are the greatest dividers". Nonetheless,her character is one of the best in recent years.

    ☼ Arshad Warsi:: Even though his character gets a low footing comparedto Naseer and Vidya, Arshad recycles his Circuit character fromMunnabhai and leave a mark as Babban. If Naseeruddin Shah's characterpersonified a seeker of love, Arshad Warsi is balanced with lustoverdrive.

    ☼ Salman Shahid:: I had my brain racking trying to recall the familiardeep baritone voice of this actor. He stood out in "Kabul Express" andits good to see him again.

    The sweet voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lingers on the head for a whilein his rendition of "Dil Toh Baccha Hain Jee". Thanks to mystical wordsof Gulzar and wonderful composition by Vishal.

    Finally the director qualifies his entry into the league of the DreamMechants with aplomb. Abhishek Chaubey, take a bow.

    After "Ishqiya", you will be waiting with bated breath for somethingsimilar to come up and satiate your cravings. Undoubtedly thisqualifies one of the best movie of 2010, at least in my wish-list.

    PS: I'd do anything for love (Meatloaf). It's a love story, yes!

  8. kunalkhandwala from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    From the film making house of Vishal Bhardwaj comes a fresh and mostpromising talent of Abhishek Chaubey who combines the best from hissenior with his own slick raw style to give us 'Ishqiya'. Thetremendously talented Naseeruddin Shah plays Khalujaan, joining forceswith the comic and astute Babban (Arshad Warsi) to play the notoriousduo of Mama-Bhanja who are on the run from Mushtaq (Salman Shahid).Their desperate search for associate goons brings them to Verma'swidow, Krishna (Vidya Balan) with whom they are entrapped in a game oflust, lure, deceit, treachery and suspense. 'Ishqiya' is thoroughlyenjoyable with the right amount of humour, suspense, sex appeal andsome wonderful music.

    Khalujaan and Babban have embarked on a dangerous journey intoGorakhpur (U.P.) where the entertainment and thrill comes from thepeople. While the deadline to repay Mushtaq's debt looms over them, theattraction of Krishna and the yearning for freedom ensures theirdigression. A risky kidnapping of a millionaire was their desperateattempt of getting the quick money that would buy their freedom butlittle did they know what fate awaits them.

    The plot is not outlandish at all. In fact, the writing is the strengthof this film. Vishal Bhardwaj's story and screenplay ensure totalcapacity utilization of such immense talents in the film. Vidya Balanis outstanding and her recent films prove her capabilities without anyrequirement for contemporary glamour. She looks beautiful in everyscene and her character's traits are easily depicted through herexpression. Arshad Warsi has finally bagged a role where he can explorehis versatility and strength. He has wasted the years after theMunnabhai series doing some unworthy films. Naseeruddin Shah's aura ofexcellence can go unnoticed because you only see Khalujaan in the film.It only hits you at a later point that it was all an act.

    Vishal Bhardwaj's music and Gulzar's lyrics work magically yet again.Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's superb rendition of Dil toh bachcha has theperfect blend of soothing music and rich lyrics that make it the songthat will linger in your head for a long time. Ibn-e-batuta is also avery catchy song with Sukhwinder Singh and Mika adding their distinctpunch to it. Abhishek has perfectly placed the songs in situationswhere the lyrics take the story forward. His direction keeps the paceat a very comfortable level with enough humour packed in to make it ajoy ride.

    The new gen of directors will now adorn their hats with one morefeather for 'Ishqiya', a wholesome entertainer.

    8.33 on a scale of 1-10.

  9. rhitwick from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    Ishqiya 9/10 After a long time an Indian movie achieves the status of aperfect thriller. This is a milestone history of Hindi cinema.

    The story is very twisted and with every scene it opens up a bit more.You'll be guessing a lot of things but I can bet that till the end ofmovie you will still be guessing what and why are all these happening.

    Let me tell you, all events, actions, scenes, dialogs are important inthis movie. If you miss even one frame your questions will beunanswered. Really this is a piece of art. I'm still clueless about afew things.

    Screenplay: 9/10. Good. If told in any other format, it would havelooked so predictable that you could write the whole story from thebeginning scene.

    Cinematography: Beautiful, captures a few good frames on village life.No unnecessary top shots, close ups, framing etc. Every scene is sowell rehearsed, well prepared that they stand alone for praise.

    Dialogs: Whoa. This is the real asset of this movie. In your facedialog. No mercy, no hiding, total raw emotions comes out throughdialog. Hats off to whoever wrote it.

    Acting: Vidya Balan has just washed out all others. Wow!!! She remindedme the actress from "Straw Dogs", doing something, telling something,thinking something and wishing something else…all at same time. Kudosto this girl. She simply rocked. Then comes Naseeruddin and Arshad,marvelous in their part. I want to say that everyone acted brilliantly,even that "nani" Directing: Man, bringing out this kind of believableacting from each and everyone of your crew is not easy. You need tohave a clear idea about what exactly you want from this scene, whatthis frame should look like. Even if you are disgusted how you showyour emotions….hats off to Abhishek Chaubey. Really looking forwardto more from him.

    Songs: Now, what more should I tell. Everyone is singing "Dil to bachhahai ji", its a gr8 romantic track in recent times. All other songs areso nicely blended in the movie that you won't feel their presence atall.

    IMO, I rate it better than Kaminey. Kaminey became very predictable atthe last hour. But this is way above all. Very very recommended to all

  10. Stoneh786 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 1:59 am

    This is what a good movie is all about – The authentic setting ofvillage life with beautiful cinematography, the 3 main starts wereperfect – I for one could not picture any other actress alive in Hindicinema that could have delivered the role what Vidya played. Everythingcould be read from her emotions without her saying anything.

    You know how good a film is when you can read and feel each characteras they interact with each other – almost as good as a book.

    Without spoiling the film I urge everyone to watch this gem and reallydo wish it wins awards it deserves. Hindi cinema needs to embrace thesenew type of film styles – were all fed up with rich brats in foreignlands scenario. Hope YC and KJ are taking a note from these cleverfilms – you don't need mega stars or million dollar budgets to producea film.

    Whats refreshing is most people who have posted a review have saidsimilar things. So I am glad I am not alone when I think Hindi Cinemaneeds to encourage directors/writers that produce films like these.


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