Ishqiya - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

"Something's missing." Yeah, Ishqiya is one of those films that leaves with you that feeling. Once you believe in the story, its well told. But even after the plot has unfolded there's a huge gap in understanding the characters.



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Plot Summary

Khalu-jaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) are small-time thugs who find themselves in a not-so small soup. They go to Varma's house for help and meet Mrs. Krishna Varma (Vidya Balan). Will she come to their aide?

What Worked

  • The opening sequence. Sizzling and earthy. Vidya Balan is going to set lots of hearts beating and more.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • What was the point of the old lady? Reminded me of the old woman from Rann
  • Khalu-jaan fantasizing about Krishna, didn't work at all because it was very generic. Took away from the beautiful song.
  • The entire kidnapped guy's side-plot
  • Why couldn't bright Mr. Varma not smell the leaking gas.

General question:
Isn't the voice on the phone (Mushtaq's wife) Vidya Balan's voice? If yes, why?


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Vidya Balan's bleached facial hair is visible. Not the right color of bleach. It looks very shabby.