Review - Ishqiya: Aimless love, sex aur dhokha
"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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I feel like this unappeasable audience who demands more and more from her movie-makers. I constantly complain about one-dimensional characters. Ishqiya has three reasonably well-defined characters with very visible shades of gray and yet it doesn't give a "complete" feeling when walking out of the theater. The film is made well technically too. The interaction amongst the characters takes a hit in this one, and it is difficult to understand the motivations of their behavior.
After an intriguing start, mid-way, the film completely changes its tone. This leaves you disconcerted. Sure, a lot about the characters is intentionally mysterious, but as we approach the climax, shouldn't there be at least a vaguely interpretable rationale. It doesn't even have the artsy, take-your-own-guess kind-of an appeal. It looks more like lazy writing.
Khaalu-jaan (Naseeruddin Shah) is a romantic who can kill, if he wants to. Babban (Arshad Warsi) is a thug who falls in love. Both are rugged, men of the soil. Krishna (Vidya Balan) is a romantic who maintains a constant enigma about her. She's absolutely convincing as a seductress who knows what she wants (whether or not we figure it out). Once the chemistry between them is established it is awesome and the actors have done a wonderful job. But, why the chemistry happens in the first place, has no answers.
Also, a lot of this is because you don't have any background about the setting of the film. It is either assumed that you know what happens socially and politically, in and around Gorakhpur or you are given a feeling that it is not supposed to matter. Since I don't know why the Yadavs are fighting the Thakurs, there was a huge gap in the dynamics of the various side characters.
And yet there is a lot going on by means of entertainment and keeping you interested. The spontaneous dialogues delivered with perfect timing. The twisted plot is engaging - so what if it geared towards a lame and dissatisfying end. Also, the propriety and plausibility of Krishna's behavior are a huge question mark.
"Executing a nice story well," is not an easy feat. With a unmissable Vishal Bharadwaj feel to the way the story is told, it is lyrical and earthy. But the story is kind-of warped and leaves a distinct taste of discontent.
p.s. I wish a movie could be given a higher rating for awesome music. All songs, except for 'Ibn-e-batuta' are exceptional - brilliant music and lyrics to top that.
- meeta, a part of the audience
There is no attempt at all to make this one a movie for all and no reason to be either.
- Violence: Loads of gunshots
- Language: Rural. And plentiful use of abusive language
- Nudity & Sexual content: Begins with an intense intimate scene and has more spread in the film. Throughout, Krishna has a particular sensuality about her.
- Concept: Betrayal, revenge, love and sex.
- General Look and Feel: The whole film has a very rugged look about it.
Ishqiya - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Website Facebook Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: Shemaroo Entertainment, Vishal Bharadwaj Pictures
- Producer: Raman Maroo, Vishal Bharadwaj
- Director: Abhishek Chaubey
- Lead Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi
- Supporting Cast: Salman Shahid, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Sharma, Anupama Kumar, Gauri Mala, Alok Kumar, Anisha Bano, Jai Singh Nijjar
- Screenplay: Vishal Bharadwaj, Sabrina Dhawan, Abhishek Chaubey
- Dialogues: Vishal Bharadwaj, Vishal Bharadwaj
- Cinematography: Mohana Krishna, Mohana Krishna
- Editor: Namrata Rao
- Background Score: Hitesh Sonik
- Action Choreography: Jai Singh Nijjar, Jai Singh Nijjar
- Music Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
- Lyrics: Gulzar
- Costume Designer: Payal Saluja
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 120 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Genres: Comedy, Romance