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

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Director: Habib Faisal
Running time: 125 minutes
Genres: Romance, Social
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How many more love stories can Parineeti Chopra star in? Not that I am bored of watching her, I quite like watching the films she picks up, because she does what she does pretty well. But doesn't she get bored of doing pretty much the same thing over and over again? In this time and age, it is difficult to believe that she hasn't been approached for projects that would explore her acting capabilities beyond romance.

The trailer of Daawat-e-Ishq isn't too exciting except for the conflict it leaves us with. Only problem is that the flavor of the film is such that it makes you feel that it is going to resolve itself pretty lamely.

The sense that the conflict is just to pique interest but won't have any meat in it might have a lot to do with the YRF banner. You know pretty much how such films end up. Unfortunately, Daawat-e-ishq doesn't have good one-liners to hook you in either.

The only silver lining in this otherwise more or less dark cloud is Habib Faisal's name and the fact that he gave us Do Dooni Chaar wasn't half bad either, only that the trailer and the music had really created hopes that the film didn't match up to.

Unfortunately, the music doesn't seem to have inspired good reviews, that doesn't look like a good start at all.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "1/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "2/5"
Bollywood Life - "2.5/5"
Firstpost - "/5"
glamsham - "3/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "/5"
indian express - "2/5"
koimoi - "2/5"
Milliblog - "Sajid-Wajid get two songs right!"
Music Aloud - "7/10"

- meeta, a part of the audience

Daawat-e-ishq starts out with strongly with its theme again dowry. It makes you belch at the people who ask for dowry, just in case you weren't already there. Which is fine and you wonder where its going to take you from here. You fly into this bizarre zone where One lie begets another and things mess up considerably. Only to end with a quick and convenient solution, not to mention predictable. Yet the earnestness in the performances and the issue the film supports keep you reasonably engaged.

Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Anupam Kher are all completely comfortable under the skin of their characters. In fact, Parineeti Chopra (Gullu) seems repetitive considering the Gullu is runs parallel to the characters she played in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Ishaqzaade.

Anupam Kher amazes no end, for the first few seconds he is on screen, I almost didn't realise it was him, given his accent, mannerism and dialogue delivery. Sure, he slips every now and then as the film progresses, but those first few seconds stay with you. Aditya Roy Kapoor too makes you believe the rawness of his character, Tariq even though Tariq himself is rather liberated compared to the backstory he has.

That is what charms you about Daawat-e-ishq. It has the most unbelievable situations and the characters go back and forth in their dilemmas depending on the situation they are presented with. Yet you kind-of sort-of want them to behave the way they do at every juncture of the story. It is a rarity in Hindi films, this mixture of wanting characters to behave in a certain way irrespective of how unbelievable it is.

The rest then, the songs, the accent, the Hyderabadi/Lucknowi flavor are all mere salt and pepper added to cover the bland even if silly meat of the film. In fact, the last stretch of the film feels like even the makers realised that they've brought the film to such a twisted point that there is no smooth and natural way to unwind. It had to be done by hook or crook and that's pretty much what happens.

In a way, these convoluted mechanisms take away from the social issue that the film so passionately wants to support. You are left wondering what the film is in fact saying about the situation of the dowry system of the country. You might be dead sure that it is a horrific system, but having it intertwined with the desperate measures dowry givers have to make shifts focus. A film with this issue at its heart might not want to be at a place where there are ifs and buts around the issue.

- meeta, a part of the audience

34 reviewers(?) - 8 yays 16 so-so 10 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

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 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

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

Thumbs up, by Anindita Dev, Zee News : ...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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

110 tweeters(?) - 94 yays 6 so-so 10 nays

zoyaaltaf: Dawat-e-ishq :D amazing movie

ZohaibTarar: Dawat e Ishq b achi thi aur Khubsurat b achi thi.

WeHeart_lovato: Omg i actually really really love daawat e ishq

vickynawani1800: Thanks for daawat e ishq

V1bhavHeaRt: dawat e ishq wow dam wow wat a movie nd i like act of @anupamkher sir very much thnx fr entertain sir

toxicbaker: Loved Daawat E Ishq Superb scrnplay n dialogue Habib Faisal well done n foodie females if u dnt fal 4 Tariq(aditya) sumthng is wrong wid u

SyedQuryshi: Just returning from "Dawat-e-ishq" movie.... Such a delicious taste of love.... simply nice.

srkfan92: Daawat E Ishq is never less than watchable primarily because of Parineeti. She is one of the most dependable actresses right now.

spandanizm: Daawat-e-ishq is a lovely movie. Aditya is a treat to watch as he shows his unique style of acting. Both Anupam and Parineeti are wonderful.

simrankapoor01: Saw Daawat-e-ishq!Such a cute movie! Aditya..parineeti..anupam sir were all superb!But i loved loved loved @karan009wahi in d film!Amazing!

shegde63: Thing i loved the most in #Daawat-E-Ishq is accent. As usual @AnupamPkher ji and @ParineetiChopra are brilliant.

Shanayaax: And plus pari was amazing, I cried at the end lol xD anyways guys watch Daawat E Ishq it's amazing & fun filled with a lot of laughter :D

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SaranshPansari: Just watched Dawat-e-ishq. Brilliant performances.. Specially @AnupamPkher. Watched such a lovely movie after long..

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sanababee: Watched Dawat E Ishq & Loved It!!! #DaawatEIshq

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Saima_Ikram: “@ParineetiChopra Awesome Movie #Dawat-e-Ishq Spectacular Performance by leading cast.

RushikeshMantri: #Daawat-e-ishq a sweet movie with a very Good performances by @AnupamPkher, @ParineetiChopra and #AdityaRoyKapoor.

RKalltheway: Watched Daawat-e-Ishq and quite liked it actually.. Parineeti is really good, but this film for me was Aditya's..

riisharma: Daawat e ishq is so cute omg @ParineetiChopra

Raxita: #daawat-e-ishq is a must watch but not on an empty stomach... gr8 movie

rasheebajaj: Dawat e Ishq... Wat a refreshing change ! Loved it ! Aditya Roy Kapur stole the show ..... Loved him !

RanbirsVelvet: I liked Daawat-e-Ishq! Interesting, entertaining, and good music too

rajesh41rajesh: #Daawat-e-ishq a sweet movie with a very simple premise. Good performances by @AnupamPkher, @ParineetiChopra and #AdityaRoyKapoor.

raj_roock: Daawat-e-ishq is the best movie...

Prithaagrawal: Dawat e ishq !!! Loving it totally!! Aditya roy kapoor is rocking it! Omg he is awesome!

prem_aggie: I loved the movie daawat-e-ishq! @AnupamPkher Sir aap vegeterian hai ya nin vegeterian? Plz reply.

Pracheta: #Daawat-e-Ishq. Simple yet delicious.Yummy surprise is #AdityaRoyKapur! #nicelydone #surprisesurprise

PMakhijani: Dawat-e-ishq tastes good over all...

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PawanSainii: Daawat-E-Ishq was a great movie ! @ParineetiChopra & @AdityaRoyKapoor were both super cute !!

pankajol82: Daawat e Ishq.. A good watch. Good acting by all. Especially Aditya...

PankajKiDuniya: Daawat-e-Ishq review: Go for this Daawat: Daawat-e-Ishq may not be a perfect film but it's an adorable love st... http://t.co/BdZu8Uq3Fn

outof_mymind23: Daawat-E-Ishq. Cute movie ♥ Aditya was too cute :')

OneGreenTea_: Currently in love with @ParineetiChopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor after Daawat E Ishq ❤️❤️

Northen_breeze: #Bollywood Fun times with dawat-e-ishq! Luv'd the hyderabadi accent and the actors in it!

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nitish_pc: Make ur saturday more delicious, go nd watch the mouth watering luv story 'Daawat E Ishq'

natashaidnani: Daawat E Ishq... romantic Comedy with such a good moral... @AnupamPkher classic as always... Loved it! @ParineetiChopra @yrf

mustafijur1947: 2014 is most wonderful year of Bollywood industries... this year many wonderful movies release like Daawat-e-Ishq (2014)

mukeshkumarka13: kya bt hai yarro awsm movie's daawat e ishq

ms_escapist: Freaking loved Daawat-e-ishq! What an absolutely brilliant movie! All that yummy foooooooooooodddddddd!!!! *dies*

moxisahilawyer: Watched movie Daawat-e-Ishq excellent satire on dowry seeks and misuser,s of 498 A

mizzdaffyzee: Looooveed Daawat-e-Ishq!! ❤️ Phenomenal acting by Anupum Kher, Aditya Roy Kapur & Parineeti Chopra! #mustwatch #greatmessage #Bollywood

misss_sparkles: Daawat E ishq! :* awesome movie! !

masuvagh: Had a smile on my face at the end of Daawat-e-Ishq.@AnupamPkher @ParineetiChopra @AdityaRoyKapoor Fun happy movie it is with awesome acting.

MahaxSG: other than being amazing movie daawat e ishq was full of food and it looked delicious made me hungry

lmaoist: Loving dawat e ishq.

Letisha_L: Daawat-e-Ishq ❤️ #greatmovie #mustwatch

laila_collin: Dawat-e-ishq is such a nice movie especially @karan009wahi looked so cute and did a nice work too :)

kundansubhra: Just watched Dawat-e-ishq. Brilliant performances.. Specially @AnupamPkher. Watched such a lovely movie after long..

krathod650: dawat e ishq is super move parineety is mindblowing

khanarmaan346: I watched daawat -e-ishq movie it is so awesome I liked <3

khan9_bilal: Loved Daawat E Ishq what movie it was so different

khadijahxxxx: Really really really enjoyed daawat e ishq! As usual @ParineetiChopra was amazing. Great story too

KashyapEra: Daawat-e-ishq is a wonderful movie....will remain in my head n heart for a long time.....

karshi09: Just saw daawat-e-ishq and I'm in love with it❤️ cutest movie ever! @ParineetiChopra & @AdityaRoyKapoor Acting

KaranKaushik20: Dawat ~ e ~ Ishq . Perfect movie. I liked it very much. You guys did a fab job. ThumbsUp for you. @ParineetiChopra , @AnupamPkher .& Aditya

jeetbasu: Daawat-e-ishq is entertaining and can be served as a starter that leaves a good taste in your mouth:-)

Jangidgaurav: Dawat-e-ishq nice cute types romantic lovely time pass movie

jainyvm: Watched #Daawat-E-Ishq loved it

JainChokro: Dawat e ishq nice movie... Beautiful message....#ban dowry article #498A #knowhow

ItsRichaPicha: Daawat E Ishq is such a cute movie. Totally craving kabobs & gulab jamun now. Aditya Roy Kapoor is such a charmer. @AnupamPkher is lovable.

iKush_13: Watched Dawat-e-ishq. Excellent performances.. Specially @AnupamPkher. Such awesome movie. I'm your big fan. #Anupamkher

iiirbm: amazing movie ( Dawat-e-Ishq)

humjeety: dawat-e-ishq was a superb movie

hazraath: Just saw @ParineetiChopra speaking hyderbadi in dawat-e-ishq..nakko baat karro agli baar hyderbadi tum plz :P #Disasterhydi #mastflim #fan

gradwolf: Totally loved Daawat-e-Ishq. Little message heavy but one of the best written scripts this year. Review tomo.

girdhar_karan: Daawat-e-Ishq me jitna maza aaya usae kahin zaada muh me paani aaya...

GAastha: Three cheers for dawat-e-ishq and 100 cheers for Aaditya .....loved him dispite his dresses. He is simply gorgeous ,cute and unmatchable.

eryatpmr: Watched Dawat-E-Ishq today, what a superb movie @AnupamPkher you are superb @ParineetiChopra Dowry Nahi Chaiye apun ko

ElviraRK_PC: Watched Daawat-E-Ishq. Loved it. Really very very cute movie and very fun. Aditya and Parineeti was amazing:)) Good:)

desihugs: Watched Dawat E Ishq! Lovely movie yr, loved Pari and Aditya :') <3

DeShobhaa: Totally enjoyed Daawat-e-Ishq. Aditya Roy Kapoor is as scrumptious as the biryani he serves!

deek_kamath: haha.daawat e ishq is sucha fun film.. i like like like..enjoyyedd..this was unexpected...

CribsALot: I didn't mind Dawat-E-Ishq either, even though it has a ridiculous plot, it's engaging.

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CineMagik: ROFL "@DeShobhaa: Totally enjoyed Daawat-e-Ishq. Aditya Roy Kapoor is as scrumptious as the biryani he serves!"

chintan20: Daawat e ishq good movie ..good acting by @ParineetiChopra and aditya roy kapoor

ch3micalx: Dawat-E-Ishq is a good movie better than Finding Fanny & Disney Khoobsurat

bpatil1611: Totally totally loved Daawat-e-Ishq. Everyone gave finest performance!!@AnupamPkher @ParineetiChopra #Aditya..waah..yummy

BhavsarAditi: Just watched Daawat-E-Ishq. It was pretty cuuute. And so was Aditya Roy Kapur 

BeingViratian: Dawat-e-ishq...Great work sir...@AnupamPkher

BeingShimSid: Dawat e ishq is as Delicious awsome entertainer Aditya Kapoor does fantastic but parineeti @ParineetiChopra does excellent work, must watch

BawliSi: Dawat-e-ishq = 8.5/10

babusporty: Dil ne dastarkhawan bichhaya #dawat-e-ishq hai. A delicious movie. @AdityaRoyKapoor n @ParineetiChopra @parir delicious too.

avinav2712: Dawat e ishq, a very nice movie with a social message. Kudos to @ParineetiChopra, Aditya and Anupam Kher, superb acting!!

anshumanjena2: Dawat E ishq iz a Nyc movie @AnupamPkher Sir u did An Awsm job:)) @ParineetiChopra Pari u r superb as alws as..Lub u<3 @AdityaRoyKapoor :))

aashi_holic: #DEI Daawat-e-ishq just awesum..superb..fab movie..aditya rocks again..lub ew adi :-* <3 @shraddhakapoor @shraddhakfc

AapkaAbs: Watched Dawat-e-ishq. I liked it a lot. If for nothing then watch it for Dakkini Urdu and Lucknawi Urdu and of course Biryani n kebabs

92amrita: Dawat-e-ishq! Lovely movie. Entertaining!@AnupamPkher you were out of the world.PERFECT is the word! @ParineetiChopra gorgeous! :)

SahiNahii: An assorted thali of fun and disappointment, Daawat-E-Ishq might be worth a watch! http://www.sahinahi.com/movies/Movie/89cececb-30f0-4a87-8f47-f4d454ef68bc #DaawatEIshq #Review

Nizzurock: Watched dawat e ishq Pari ur look cute as always but move is littleeeee slow but had fun

nidak_: Oh and Dawat-e-ishq wasn't bad.

kahkashan9548: Watched dawat e ishq last ntt..it was jus ok movie nothing else..thankfully I was with my frndzz so dat enjoyed d ntt...

gatsby_dr: Dawat e Ishq itni burri nai hai

acebhavik: Daawat-e-ishq naïve cinema but not boring.

sganeshkumar90: Daawat-E-Ishq - Don't waste time and obviously not even a single penny fr this ghatiyabaaz movie.. Daawat-E-Ishq - Rating 1/5

raja_chandran: 'Daawat e Ishq' a major stupid effort from YashRaj Films

md610: Daawat-e-Ishq is an incredibly boring movie. Parineeti is on a repeat role spree. Sane expressions same role in all movies.

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3 readers - 2 yays 1 so-so 0 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Anuj

Want to Watch, by Anup

Want to Watch, by siddharth : Not seen the movie

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Madcap Romantic Comedy - With a Serious Background, to Give it That Extra Depth

So-So, by Indian : sa

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: One fight sequence.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None.
  • Concept: A story trying to make a point against dowry.
  • General Look and Feel: Nothing special. Has a Hyderabi/Lucknowi flavor, but just about.

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Daawat-e-Ishq - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
125 minutes

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Since a long time I have been denouncing YRF products and Dharma products as mediocre. Okay alright spare me an occasional Dhoom.

The two production houses have just turned into factory lines churning 5 to 6 films per year; with new upcoming crew (direction, acting, ...) to limit costs and an eye on 20%-30% ROI based on footfalls of college crowd. They don't give a damn for content, story, music, cinematic glory, ... if music or film becomes a success beyond the expected margin then it's a bonus for them. And to keep college crowd engaged to meet their 20% ROI target they throw in kisses, some patty items, couple of cuss words. And above all ensure that when around 2 hours of story time is up then suddenly all things and issue get sorted out with suddenly everybody getting candy sweet to accept whatever they had been opposing all throughout.

And once evrry 3 years these production houses produce a high budget film just to keep their brand value alive.

As long as there are enough suckrrs around to economically guarantee the annual ROI these production houses will continue to dole out mediocre dishes.

PS: I believe Parineeti has the charm and skills to be a future number 1 Hindi film actress.


Party and not *patty*. Sorry for the few typing errors.


I agree with you... this is true for even Salman Khan's movies... no logic.. no story... total copy n idiotic movies... still make 200cr... WTF


"this is true for even Salman Khan's movies... no logic.. no story... total copy n idiotic movies... still make 200cr... WTF " ~ try visiting Ajmer,Meerut or Jamshedpur and telling that to one of his fans! I'd love to see his/her response.

@Fan : Still more purposeful than the Anurag Kashyap's and Vishal Bharadwaj's of the world whose movies cater to absolutely no one and have an ROI of -100% on a consistent basis. In fact YRF's smaller films like Band Baaja Baraat,Shudh Desi Romance and Ishaqzaade have been far more bearable than their SRK starrers like Veer Zaara,JTHJ and RNBDJ with Chak De India being an exception.


ANUJ - i dont know about west and the south part of india.....But i know that the north part of India is big fan of Salmaan,,,,but i better know that east part of India which includes JAMSHEDPUR being very close to my home town is not so crazy about Salmaan Khan....Neither Jharkhand or West Bengal or any other east Indian state have much fans of SALMAAN khan......Only Bihar is the state in east having Salmaan khan fans........Most of the salmaan khan film do there business from DELHI NCR+OTHER NORTH INDIA REGION and also from MAHARASTRA......


@Anuj: Anurag Kashyap, Vishal B etc. films at least are made by people who personally believe strongly that they are making meaningful cinema. That is not the case with YRF and Dharma. They have no pretensions, no self obsessed beliefs. They just make mediocre even worthless products as long as the cost and timing is well controlled - and ensure that their targets are achieved. There is absolutely no cinematic value in most of their films - you really wonder why the film was made. And their dramatic contents and confrontations fizzle out at the better end of 2 hours because they have to wind up the film. So even dramatic films that they try once in a while fizzle out as they never had any strong story or content, and worse they had not even intended to have a strong story or content. As long as their estimated number of people go and watch the film, they recover their investment.


@Fan and @Anup this debate is more than year old, the time i started visiting this site.I am afraid @Anuj has not changed and i would say others too have not changed.
@Anup I agree about Salman's Fan following but i too would say it is no mean effort to give 7 consecutive 100 Crs+ films no other actor has done that and i dont think anybody can deny that.
@Fan i don't understand why Anurag and Vishal B are termed as Art film directors and believed to make meaningful cinema.Also i don't understand apart from No Smoking and that girl in yellow boots his any other film was not that decent.And same goes for Vishal on Saath Khoon Maaf was his only film which was not watchable others were quite decent though if the Hero of the films does not hit 20-30 people means it is not commercial i dont think so.Films like Iqbal,Chak De even Barfi were not so commercial but did business.Though you are right about YRF and Dharma they are production houses which often show glossy side and attract people with it.


@Anup : Salman films have regularly broken records in Nizam,Delhi/UP,Bihar,Rajasthan,Mumbai and Central India circuits for the last 2 decades (right from his days of MPK). Compared to SRK whose films have mainly been metropolitan/multiplex hits (including DDLJ which was actually an average grosser in C circuits). Even in the multiplexes of metros like Mumbai,Delhi and Bangalore, of late Salman films have outperformed SRK starrers by a distance. Aamir on the other hand has come into the picture only since 2008 (Ghajini). Prior to that, his popularity was nowhere near that of SRK,Salman and even Hrithik. But I would have to agree that since 2008, Aamir has been the undisputed king of bollywood in both the urban and mass centers with Salman being a close second. Factually, they've had their own phases and ups and downs but all 3 of them are legends in their own right and undisputed mega stars of their generation. Hrithik is a generation younger and hopefully would be there in another 8-10 years from now. Akshay and Ajay for all their effort are second rung stars and nowhere near the Khans' and HR in terms of box office performance and audience popularity.

@Siddharth : I have no qualms in calling Anurag and VB as commercial directors but unfortunately, their commercial record is nothing short of disastrous. 7 out of 8 Vishal Bharadwaj directorial ventures have bombed (barring the Above Average Kaminey) and the story is similar with Anurag too (barring the Average Dev D & GOW-1).
Personally, I'd rather watch a Rohit Shetty film for popcorn entertainment and a Rakeysh Mehra/Neeraj Pandey/Ashutosh Gowarikar film for "meaningful entertainment". The best of them of course being Raju Hirani who imo is the greatest director in bollywood history.


The point is, you need not compromise on the entertainment factor in an attempt to make the so-called "meaningful cinema". Content based commercially viable cinema is the best form of entertainment as proved by film-makers like Prakash Mehra,Hrishikesh Mukherjee,Ramesh Sippy,Subhash Ghai (in the past),Yash Chopra,Suraj Barjatya and of late Rakeysh Mehra and of course Raju Hirani. Senseless entertainment of the Manmohan Desai/Rohit Shetty kind too has its own merits but plain boring content based cinema sans any entertainment value of the Mira Nair/Vishal Bharadwaj and Anurag Kashyap kind is neither purposeful nor worth watching except for pleasing a few armchair critics and winning a few awards here and there.


@Anuj i agree with you but still VB had only 2-3 films with stars if you can call them and only one Multistarrer film Omkara and which i can easily say was no less entertaining it is only that it got A certificate that really hampered the chances because it had the star cast to pull the audience.He generally makes films with Irfan,PK etc and they dont have the calibare atleast when he made those earlier films to pull the audience to theater.The point which i am making is either AK or VB or any other person they do try to make films for the audience only and not for themselves.It is just that we as a audience just like to spend money on light entertaining films with least logic but that too does not mean the other films cannot be appreciated and we cannot demand some logic in our so called commercial films.


Shiddharth- not denying the fact that Salmaan have given regular hits,,,, but nobody is considering the fact that all big star getting high grossers by just taking advantage of festival season,,,,, when they dont they just gross average according to their investment..... This year's Jai Ho and last to last year's Talaash are the biggest example.....
Many people say that despite being the fact that talaash was by Amir it didn't grossed 100cr.....But it had earned more then 80crs,,,,,And could have easily earned 100cr if have been released in any festival.....
Then there comes movies like GANGS OF WASSYPUR and OMKARA ,,,, which didnt get much earning ,,, but that's not important,,, important is that how many people have liked it......And most of the youth in north circuit including BIHAR, JHARKHAND AND WEST BENGAL have liked it alot.... They watch it again and again and again,,,, Gangs Of Wassypur is almost a cult film now in east indian circuit.... I dont know whether u guys have personal knowlegde about east indian circuit.....But just grossing high income doesnt tell that people have liked the movie or not......Each and every young boy definately have gangs of wassypur in his laptop and dekstop..... Its just the fact they no body have gone to watch it in theater thats why it havnt earn much........
High income depends on many things,,,,release date, no.of screen it had got etc....... If there is a festival season then people will definatly go and watch the movie in theater,,,,which give the movie earning but doent register the fact that whether that person have liked it or not.....Salmaan's recent movies may have grossed high but but they dont have much of repeat value,,,,nobody keep Salmaan's recent movies in his DVD or movie collection in their lappy and dekstop(Wanted,Dabang 1 and now KICK Are the exception).....Rather movies like Wassypur, OMKARA, Even Maqbool are the movies which people remember for years.......


"nobody keep Salmaan's recent movies in his DVD or movie collection in their lappy and dekstop(Wanted,Dabang 1 and now KICK Are the exception).....Rather movies like Wassypur, OMKARA, Even Maqbool are the movies which people remember for years....." ~wonder on what basis do people make such tall claims as if they have gone and interviewed every single person whose watched these films all across the country!

"And most of the youth in north circuit including BIHAR, JHARKHAND AND WEST BENGAL have liked it alot...."~ again, false claims based on no factual evidence! There is no proof of record number of sales of GOW,Omkara DVD's in Bihar and in fact had these films been liked so much by the youth, they would definitely have picked up theatrically in week 2 as well, which they did not. As I've always maintained, a truly LIKED and ADMIRED film will pick up at the box office and TREND well, come what may. QUEEN,KAHAANI,AASHIQUI-2 and OMG are typical examples of films with a small scale release and a low opening trending exceptionally well and performing brilliantly at the BO. Unfortunately GOW and Omkara showed no such growth, even in the Bengal and Bihar circuit. All these claims of "cult status" and torrents downloads are hogwash and air talk without any factual substantiated evidence.


Anuj- Not everything is need to be proved by man to man interview.... Some things are can be judged by seeing thing practically.......
If u dont agree doenst matter to me,,,,....
And yes now a days not many people keep DVD collection,, as torrent is the best option for watching movies..... I dont know what ur exect age is but I dont think u have any knowledge about what are the usual movies that collage students keep in there laptop..... Please research a bit.......
M afraid u haven't said anything about what I have said about the festival season release......May be u havnt got anything to cut my words,,,, or may be u will search something now to say opposite of mine after this comment of mine........
About the movies u mentioned later - QUEEN,KAHAANI,AASHIQUI-2 and OMG ,, I agree that they have shown good trend at box office,,,, infant these movie are also found more on movie collection of youth as compared to Samaan Khan's film.......


@Anup : I was the first one to accept long ago that Salman's Bodyguard,ETT and Dabangg-2 carried just 50% word of mouth, yet such is the popularity of the man that even a 50% acceptance can make a movie an all time grosser. As for college kids, dunno whom you're talking of since among my gang of pals from Delhi,Bangalore and Mumbai hardly anyone has even bothered watching GOW, Omkara,7 Khoon Maaf,Matru Ki bijli etc. Its evident as to who needs to research and come out of his own zone. But yes I can indeed confirm that college blokes of urban metros have indeed idolized the Delhi Belly's,Queens,A Wednesday's,Jaane Tu's,Andaaz Apna Apna's and ZNMD's of this world while school/college and adults much older from smaller towns have run riot when a Dabangg/Rowdy Rathore/Singham-1 has released. Try peeping into laptops,DVD shelves,TRP's and cinema tickets of every household across India and you'd perhaps get a better sense of what i'm saying instead of making laughably frivolous arguments based on your own personal definition of "cult","quality" and "popularity".


Audience acceptance of recent hits based on box office trending :

1. Ghajini - 70% (multiplexes and single screens)
2. Wanted - 70% (single screens alone)
3. Love Aaj Kal - 50% (multiplexes alone)
4. Dabangg - 80% (multiplexes and single screens)
5. Bodyguard - 50% (only among die hard Salman fans from B/C centers)
6. Ready - 70% (single screens only)
7. Singham1 - 80% (cult in Maharashtra,thumbs up elsewhere)
8. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - 80% (multiplexes only)
9. Kahaani - 90% (multiplexes only)
10. Ek Tha Tiger/Dabangg 2 - 50% (among Salman fans alone)
11. Talaash - 40% (multiplexes only)
12. Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 50% (SRK fans alone)
13. Agneepath - 60% (Huge in Maharashtra/Goa, Average elsewhere)
14. Dhoom 3 - 60% (Aamir fans and single screens)
15. Chennai Express - 60% (SRK fans and single screens)
16. Krrish 3 - 50% (Hrithik and KMG/Krrish fans only)
17. Queen - 90% (multiplexes alone)
18. Aashiqui 2 - 90% (mainly single screens)
19. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani - 70% (mainly multiplexes)
20. Rowdy Rathore - 70% (90% in UP/Bihar/Rajasthan)
21. Singham Returns - 50% (Blockbuster in Maharashtra/flop elsewhere)
22. 3 Idiots - 99% (every circuit,every region,every cinema...all time Blockbuster; the Sholay of our times)


Missed out on many more like Holiday,Golmaal 3,Dirty Picture among others.


23. Golmaal 3 - 70% (mainly single screens of North and Mumbai circuit)

24. The Dirty Picture - 70% (single screens and B/C centers across India)

25. Holiday - 60% (mainly single screens of the north/central belt)


Anuj - Why u r including Matru and 7 khoon maaf with Omkara and GOW,,,,formar 2 are bed movies,,,,infact 7 khoon maaf was unwatchable.....Let me clear u Just because i like VB and AK doesnt mean that i like all the movies made by them......
I dont know whether u r able to understand wht i was saying,,,,,why u always keep screaming about Box Office collection,,,,i was saying something else,,,,my basis of the discussion was different....Please read my last comment again.....And yes i m glad that we two live in the DIFFERENT WORLDS......


Anuj - U know i never go from myself to talk bad about masala movies,,,,because i know indian audience like them,,,,and i like them too......M not denying that.......But when someone from his side starts against the non commercial movies or against VB or AK it feels bad....


Direction: 2
Story: 2
Lead Actors: 3
Character Artists: 2.5

Dialogues: 2
Screenplay: 2
Music Director: 1
Lyrics: 0.5

We picked this quite by accident, @Meetu, having tried Vicky Donor - and having hated it! I have to say, it was better than I expected it to be. It kind of reminded me of Preston Sturges's The Lady Eve - two people who love each other continue the con anyway because they can't think of a way out of it.

Aditya Roy Kapoor, who didn't impress me really as the self-destructive drunken rock star in Aashiqui 2, was surprisingly engaging and likable here. Likewise, Parinetti Chopra, who I don't think I've ever seen before, is really good as a self-possessed young woman sick of being rejected because she doesn't come from a "good" (read - very rich) family, and can't dower herself adequately - this despite demanding dowries having been illegal in India for over fifty years! She's really likable, and has one of those faces that looks nice but not too special (nose is too big, mouth is too wide)...until she's attracted to somebody, when it all pulls together in a way that makes her amazingly beautiful. And as you say in your review, Anupam Kher, one of India's busiest actors (and as if India wasn't enough, he's on an American television series, Sense8, as well!), transforms himself completely as an honest, intelligent, beaten-down old widower who agrees to a crazy scheme of his daughter's in order to see her settled. The background of Indian Law being regularly ignored by Indian Custom struck an especially sharp chord with us Americans, where you may have heard we recently had a number of incidents that brought to light just how bigoted and regressive "custom" is over here!

Anyway, we really liked this movie, and would happily recommend it to anyone.

@TimELiebe yeah, the movie is alright. I like Parineeti Chopra too, but unfortunately, other than "Hasee Toh Phasee", I can't recommend any of her other films.

What's the connect between Vicky Donor and this film?

We really didn't like Vicky Donor, which we watched the same night we watched this, @Meetu. That was, as you said, a clear case of "lost in translation" - and one that I find as baffling as you do, since you and most everybody else here clearly loved the movie.

@TimELiebe aaah! I get the connect :P

Putting Hasee Toh Phasee in my Netflix queue, Meetu. :)

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