Ishqiya - External Reviews

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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38 reviewers have given Ishqiya an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)

30 yays
3 nays
5 so-so

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Thumbs up ...‘Ishqiya’ is not just a love story, it is a spicy drama-thriller that will keep you hooked from start to end.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...These initial frames are about physical love, though Ishqiya is about love in all its shapes and forms, with its power to reduce grown-ups to slobbering infants... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...But the main drawback in the movie is that its starts too slow and picks up too late. ... full review

Thumbs up by Katherine Matthews, Bolly Spice ... What works best in Ishqiya, ultimately, are the spectacular performances of the film's three lead... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...You could call ISHQIYA a distant cousin of OMKARA.... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...In the first half, the story runs smoothly without any tension and intensity but the second half becomes too volatile... full review

Thumbs up by Jaya Biswas, Buzz18 ...It won't be fair to unnecessarily compare Ishqiya with Omkara. As a first timer, Abhishek Chaubey's direction is a welcome change. Though we find him losing his grip once in a while, Abhishek's choice of the subject and handling of the same make it a worth watch. The change of events during the kidnap drama and the heated argument that follows thereafter are fascinating. Even the passionate lovemaking sequence between Arshad and Vidya has been dexterously captured. The saucy lingo spit out by Babban and Khalu may make you feel uncomfortable, but it only makes the characters look more real.... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Ishqiya is fun while it lasts, with its look-at-me cockiness, but not a film one remembers... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, ... The story, however, is incomprehensible for a large part of the proceedings.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Vidya Balan has drummed up a delectable performance in ISHQIYA. She's the widow whose life has suddenly exploded from its shell; a lover; a woman who misses those 'tender' moments and one who is out to exact revenge... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Chaos is complete. So is the humour. Intellectual deconstruction is immaterial.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...The film features many of the elements that can now safely be called Vishal Bharadwaj-esque.... full review

Thumbs up by Susan Jose, India-Forums ...Music, what can I say is sort of like Multani Mitti (Fuller's earth). ... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, ...Full marks to writers Bharadwaj, Chaubey and Sabrina Dhawan, for the film is replete with truly delicious sequences, and some biting dialogue worth killing for.... full review

Thumbs down by IANS, ...How the film finds a central core of gentleness in this milieu of murky machinations is another story. Or maybe it isn’t. ... full review

So-So by Debojit Ghatak, Indian Auteur ...That Balan kills the scope of the character by playing her in the most self-conscious, self-reflexive manner possible, (so much so that even when she abuses, you can almost sense the surprise in her voice at her own temerity) is a matter of a bad acting performance.... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Regardless of the rugged-and-rustic ‘ City of God ’ kinda setting, the flavour of the film is predominantly light-hearted, as instinctive comedy oozes out from almost every sequence... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Filled with witty and saucy dialogues, it is a movie that is high on spirit, drama, romance, thrill and is very very foxy (Definitely not for anyone under 18).... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij Mehta, J.A.M ...A mention also for the child actor who interacts with Arshad Warsi. The unmissable boy is fabulous. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...But the real revelation is Vidya Balan. One has never seen her like this. Krishna is a bold woman who knows how to flash her eyes, flaunt her hair and get her way. She is just as wily as the two crooks and is more than a match for them... full review

Thumbs up by Darshit, Movies Music and Me ...Ishqiya is charming and at the same time a shocking movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ... Towards, the end, Ishqiya gets a bit hurried, and loses its keen edge, but the journey has been well worth it... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ... It’s feisty and sly and very, very sexy.... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now ... The movie is a tricky roller coaster ride from the beginning to the end with unpredictability and twits taking the front seat... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...The two thieves are more or less flat characters and you never get to know why they do what they do or how their mind works... full review

Thumbs up by DetatchedVoyeurs, Passion for Cinema ...Unlike previous portrayals where there’s a distinct, polarizing division of characters in black and white, Krishna doesn’t fall easily into any bracket or category of Madonna or Magdalene... full review

Thumbs up by Kenny, Passion for Cinema ... Ishqiya is already a contender for best debut of the year. ... full review

Thumbs up by MovieMagik, Passion for Cinema ...Arshad Warsi is on top gear as Babban and makes us wary of how under utilized an actor he truly is, and how much he deserves to thrive beyond the ‘Circuit’-model.... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...But one person who plays the major role as the director and is equally responsible for such a fine film is Vishal Bharadwaj.... full review

Thumbs up real bollywoood ...Naseeruddin Shah is just excellent playing Khaalujaan and you can’t think of anyone else in his place for the role.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Each character is complex and their intentions are usually far from honourable... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...From start to finish, the movie is a true entertainer sans any dirt.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...Not once do you think Ishqiya is directed by a debutante because the direction is deft.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Naseeruddin Shah...enacts his part with élan. His tough looking physique and soft heartedness towards Vidya Balan presents a contrasting and most humane characteristic realistically... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The backwater badlands of Eastern UP, with their characteristic gun culture, caste wars and edgy lingo loom large as the fourth character in this crime play.... full review

Thumbs down by filmbear, Upper Stall ...Production design and costumes do wonderfully and are well in consonance with the story and setting. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...There is nothing make belief in ‘Ishqiya’ for the movie does full justice to its characters and its rustic backdrop... full review