Daawat-e-Ishq - External Reviews

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A complicated way to send across a simple social message. Engages, though only in pieces.



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35 reviewers have given Daawat-e-Ishq an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

8 yays
10 nays
17 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...The good stuff, however, comes as individual elements that can’t conquer the hurriedly-put-together screenplay. Topping the heap of bad stuff is the flippant, unthinking treatment of a matter as grave as dowry. The final word from Daawat-e-Ishq seems to be this: not everyone who asks for dowry is a bad person; some ladkewaalas are just good souls blindly following reeti-rivaaz without any evil intentions. What on earth were you thinking, Mr Faisal? And why, dear Yash Raj Films, did you produce this film... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...The trouble with Daawat-e-Ishq is that it’s overcooked and that too on a low burner. It’s a double whammy if the story is predictable and slow in getting to the boil, and one can only fault the cook (Habib Faisal) for rustling up the bland buffet.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Frankly I couldn’t make out what his real intentions were but may be you can. So the choice is all yours and do let me know if you reach any solid logical conclusion, in case you still decide to watch it.... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, the plot of DAAWAT-E-ISHQ does have a good social message relevant to today's times, however, wrong marketing and slow pace of the film leaves the audience a bit disappointed.... full review

So-So by Prateek Sur, Bollywood Life ...The otherwise predictable story is saved by the brilliant performance of the cast. it isn’t a great film but is good enough for a one-time watch... full review

So-So by Tanaya Ramyani, BookmyShow ...Garnished with love, fun, colorful settings and impressive performances, chef Habib prepares a grand fiesta – Daawat-e-Ishq . And if a sweet love story is your cup of tea, then don’t miss this treat. ... full review

Thumbs up cinemaah ...Still, at least Habib Faisal tries to tackle a problem that refuses to go away, in spite of all the progress Indian woman have made. That, and the lead pair’s performances, make this one worth a look.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Daawat-e-Ishq has an interesting story, backed by good acting performances. ½ star extra to director Habib Faisal for treating the controversial issue so interstingly. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...In the film’s dull menu the only item of interest is Aditya Roy Kapoor. Despite the complete lack of reciprocity from Parineeti, he is able to get intimate with her and turn the screen into a pool of feelings. He makes you want to be in love. Parineeti is a charming and competent actress but now she’s getting repetitive and boring. And here she isn’t even invested in her role. Her Hyderabadi accent comes and goes, like the fluctuating talent of Anupam Kher.... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...It ain't Master Chef but do RSVP.... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...A clean & short movie, smoked with Lucknawi and Hyderabadi flavors. A movie with an actual storyline - already something, isn't it?... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Head to Hyderabad and gorge on the goodies. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Even the spicy and spirited performances by Parineeti and Aditya fail to satiate one's appetite for real drama. Even Sajid Wajid's tasteful music goes to sheer waste. This could've been a real seven-course fiesta but the misguided vision and thanda drama reduce this feature film to side dish status. Nothing wrong in it technically. A side dish can be the perfect complement to a good meal. But it can never be a stomach full. No matter how much you stuff yourself with it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepanjana Pal , FirstPost ...Despite honourable intentions, all Faisal has done with Daawat-e-Ishq is brought every paranoid chauvinist's nightmares to life on celluloid.... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Add to that Anupam Kher’s harried to gamey father and the romantic broth gets all the more appealing. The enticement of a strong social message against dowry harassment, done with subtlety and candour makes the enticement richer. The eventual experience is therefore strong on aromas, rich to taste!... full review

So-So by Kritika Deval , fullhyd.com ...In all, Daawat-E-Ishq is just good enough for you to wish it were better, while consistently keeping that hope out of reach. Recycle your Julia Roberts stash for date night, and leave this one for when it turns up on TV.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Parineeti shines in the first half hour, but after the plot loses its sting, she fumbles to stay afloat. Aditya as the rugged, uneducated lad from Lucknow too fits the bill. He tries his hardest best but again the script lets him down. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...In short, Daawat-e-ishq is not a film to miss this weekend. For me, Aditya Roy Kapoor is the show-stealer in DEI. A delicious watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Daawat-e-Ishq coasts along comfortably until intermission, then comes undone when multiple twists in the second half require complete sacrifice of logic. The humor dries up fast, and even at a running time of 2 hours, the film feels overlong.... full review

So-So by Vinayak chakravorty, india today ...Daawat-e-Ishq somehow makes the cut because it gives feel-good mush a new spin. The film is not the best in its genre, but good enough for a one-time watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Khilnani , india today ...Daawat-e-Ishq may not be a perfect film but it's an adorable love story and the two young actors make it paisa vasool. Go for it because the taste is just right! Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/daawat-e-ishq-review-starring-parineeti-chopra-aditya-roy-kapur/1/383818.html... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...As Gullu’s straight-laced but loving father, Anupam Kher gives the film its only moments of honesty. The rest is an unpalatable snoozefest.... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...Daawat-e-Ishq is one of the major disappointments of the year. A lot was expected from Habib Faisal’s third film but he disappoints. The film lacks any seriousness, has a non-uniform pace and suffers from a lot of loopholes. And it’s not even about food which is misleading the audience from the promos. Daawat-e-Ishq ends up being the film which could have been so much more but ends up being so little and messy and unentertaining... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Daawat-E-Ishq dodges you with tall promises of serving a great food film or even a good film. But it’s diet food variety of cinema that is neither healthy nor nutritious and leaves you famished by the end of it. Parineeti and Aditya despite their earnest performances cannot bring the needed charm to the film. I am going with a very generous 2.5/5. It had a lot of potential but the feeble sketching makes it a forgettable watch.... full review

So-So by Rhea Shrivastav, Live Mint ...Daawat-e Ishq may not be a romcom that you will keep with you forever but it is one that will keep you satisfied while you are immersed in to it.... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY ...Parineeti Chopra, by now, can sleepwalk through her stereotypical roles of a small town, plain Jane. It’s time she picks other kinds of roles to showcase more layers to her talent. Aditya Roy Kapur is impressive in his portrayal of a sincere lover boy. ... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Go and relish this 'daawat'. It is original and you won't be disappointed! ... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well, there is decent dum in terms of a different story line and its narrative part. The movie could have been like a three course meal, instead ends up giving you a good starter and a decent main course failing badly on the dessert part. Also, if you are expecting a food based romantic film, then you might end up being disappointed as the dramatic portions and the social message attached in the film finds more footage in it. Thus, would sum it up by saying that 'Daawat-e-Ishq' is a one time watch, with a mild tadka of love and food, which should have been strong, very strong.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...It might not be the grand feast that it promises to be, but some its flavours are alluring enough for the film to be a reasonably appetizing one-time watch... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...Daawat-E-Ishq mixes romance and crime. Its effort is to bring up the evil called Dowry into focus and evoke some thought around it. A rather wasted effort. Having said that, Daawat is fairly entertaining. It could easily be your watch for the weekend.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma., Rediff ...But whether she’s inquiring about turning black money into white or asserting a woman’s right to retain her surname after marriage, its her pluck and effervescence that gives Daawat-E-Ishq the courage to push the plot in a tricky direction in its third act, see where it goes and yet pull off a win-win conclusion. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Writer-director Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar, Ishaqzaade) attempts a foodie rom-com with a well-intentioned message. Perhaps it's too much to put into one film, and all you get is undercooked, bland biryani, where the flavours clash instead of complementing each other... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...If you get down to the nuts and bolts, the narrative is reverse of Faisal’s “Ishaqzaade”. There the boy fell in love with the girl he was expected to torment and here the girl loses her heart to the boy she is eager to dupe but the storytelling and performances make the journey worth taking.... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...This one won't fill your hungry hearts, but one serving (not too bland, not too spicy) isn't too bad for your appetite.... full review

Thumbs up by Anindita Dev, ZEENEWS.COM ...Music by Sajid-Wajid is soothing and at the same time peppy, which can be called a typical Yash Raj way. Therefore, with a fine social message set on the background of two food lovers, `Daawat-e-Ishq` can be safely called a platter of light-hearted rom-com.... full review