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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.
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
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 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 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, ZEENEWS.COM : ...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 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
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
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
Shamimradiowala: 2day i watch movie DAWAT E ISHQ Its a fantastic movie everybdy shld go n watch with familly fully enjoy with family
SHaHir12791: A True "Legend"...!!! @AnupamPkher Sir... Thank yu fr the #Delicious #Daawat-e-ishq...!! Love yu sooooo much..!!:-)
saurabh08302599: Watched dawat-e-ishq with my clg friends today..... A pure decent and a nice must watch movie.........
SaranshPansari: Just watched Dawat-e-ishq. Brilliant performances.. Specially @AnupamPkher. Watched such a lovely movie after long..
SaniKhan09: Daawat-e-Ishq... Nice One !!
sanababee: Watched Dawat E Ishq & Loved It!!! #DaawatEIshq
SalaarShaikh: Delicious movie dawat e ishq great work done by anupam kher ,gulzar and taru ....
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
raj_roock: Daawat-e-ishq is the best movie...
rajesh41rajesh: #Daawat-e-ishq a sweet movie with a very simple premise. Good performances by @AnupamPkher, @ParineetiChopra and #AdityaRoyKapoor.
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...
PerfectMediaeve: Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor’s ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ Leaves Audience Hungry For More. http://twitter.com/PerfectMediaeve/status/513186942301650944/photo/1
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...
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!
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! !
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.
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
BhavsarAditi: Just watched Daawat-E-Ishq. It was pretty cuuute. And so was Aditya Roy Kapur
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
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.
_as25901: WARNING:- --------------- Daawat-E-IShq ......... "Dekhne" se hi Pet kharaab hona Pakka hain
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.
kritirulzz: Saw Daawat-e-ishq! Humare jokes movie se better the
justfilmyhindi: Food made by Hyderabadi ‘potti’ and a Lucknowi lad is without any taste. Anupam is good but other dishes are bad. Give #Daawat-e-Ishq a miss
faizanaafzal: Watched Dawat-e-Ishq... Full on paisai zaya movie... Highly not recommended
BollyHollyTelly: Movie Review: Daawat-E-Ishq is not a very palatable appetizer
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