Issaq - External Reviews

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
quick review:

A long 140 minutes later, I still don't know what they were getting at. Oh dear...



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26 reviewers have given Issaq an average rating of 0.3/5.0 (?)

1 yays
24 nays
1 so-so

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Thumbs up by Yashika Mathur, Apun Ka Choice ... the composers have taken special care to bring out the passion loud and clear... full review

Thumbs down by Prateeksha Khot , Bolly Spice ...Romeo-Juliet inspired flick, had its flaws but it made an impact because of the amazing sizzling chemistry between Parineeti and Arjun... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ... On the whole, ISSAQ is absorbing and convincing in parts, not in entirety. The final outcome could've been even more impactful had it not been stretched.... full review

Thumbs down by Deboshree Ghosh , Bollywood Life ... The film is inconsistent. It failed to keep us hooked,... full review

Thumbs down by Siddhi Palande, BookmyShow ...The film shall bring viewers a step closer to the desi-dining halls, rasois, wrestling akhadas and the likes but is not a first-rate depiction of Benaras.... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi , DNA ...Issaq will challenge your patience and drown you in your own misery... full review

So-So by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...Issaq is a good idea poorly executed. Shakespeare must be smarting in his grave... full review

Thumbs down by Piyasree Dasgupta, FirstPost ...One wonders, however, what is a greater tragedy Romeo and Juliet or what Issaq made of that classic love story... full review

Thumbs down by FPJ Bureau, Free Press Journal ...None of the accompanied cast of stalwarts can make their presence heartfelt.... full review

Thumbs down by Neha Mathur, ...If anything saves the film, it is the music. "Issaq Tera" and "Jheeni Re Jheeni" are affective melodies that infuse life into the otherwise famished script. "Aag Ka Dariya" does a decent job of introducing the hero to the audience... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...Shakespeare would be proud of Habib Faisal for fleshing out Parma and Zoya, and adapting it so beautifully to Romeo & Juliet... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...At nearly two hours and thirty minutes, 'Issaq' is a plodding bore of a film that inspires neither empathy for its romantic leads, nor enough contempt for those who drove them to their tragic end. It's an exhausting and predictable exercise in futility. ... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Deogire, ...Hindi cinema has attempted to adapt the Romeo-Juliet saga many times before, but sadly ‘Issaq’ fails to recreate the magic. We wouldn't recommend this version to you.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ... But neither the town nor the author would be grateful for this representation, which stays consistently high-pitched and doused in blood and bullets and melodrama... full review

Thumbs down by Mohar Basu, koimoi ... There is just one good thing in Issaq and that is its picturesque cinematography... full review

Thumbs down by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Give this film a miss... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...All we can say is that William Shakespeare must be surely weeping in his grave…... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...a painful experience giving you a blood sucking feeling at times.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Issaq requires tremendous effort and patience to get through and in the end, it is simply not worth it... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Manish Tiwary's Issaq attempts a giant leap from Verona to Varanasi and falls with a thud between two completely mismatched stools... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Issaq is, then, an insultingly bad film ... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Director Manish Tiwary makes a film that gets the peripherals right, but has the fundamentals messed up... full review

Thumbs down by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph ...The only intelligent thing about Issaq is the disclaimer which comes on the screen every time Babaji lights up his ganja –– “Character smoking herbs, not tobacco”! ... full review

Thumbs down by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs ... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Desai, Upper Stall ...Eventually, the only thing tragic about this Romeo and Juliet will be the faces in the audience... full review