Ishkq In Paris

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quick review:

Ishkq in Paris is a story told way too many times already to be of any interest. What amazes me is why anyone would want to tell it again, when there aren't any takers for listening to it.

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Director: Prem R Soni
Running time: 100 minutes
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Wow! Preity Zinta is back! One of the recent Hindi films had the lead lady mimic Preity Zinta which is when I had to come and look up her next film. She certainly couldn't already be in the phase where there would be spoofs and tributes to her, right?

After The Last Lear and Videsh it seemed like Preity Zinta had long moved on from romance. So, it was rather disappointing to find it was a Ishkq in Paris, which looks like your typical love story set in a foreign city. Only this time around, you don't have to romanticize London or New York, it is set in the city of romance!

My only curiosity about Ishkq In Paris, is - what is it about love that Preity Zinta felt has been left unsaid that she decided to produce it? The trailer seems to be indicate stuff that has been done to death, two strangers spend one night together in an unknown city. In fact, we very recently saw the same theme explored in London Paris New York. For sure, the music doesn't seem to explore anything new, hopefully how Ishkq in Paris goes about telling its tale of love in a manner that is different/engaging/entertaining/all of the above.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "Two salvageable tracks is an achievement for Sajid Wajid."
Music Aloud - "5/10"
dunkdaft - "highly avoidable track"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "3/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

You meet someone. You become friends. You enjoy each other's company. You hate same things together. You fall in love. You begin to hate each other. Then, either you get back together or you don't. Ishkq in Paris is drabber in telling you this story than the way I've narrated it. Ishkq (Preity Zinta) - yes, that's the characters name! - and Akaash (Rhehan Malliek) go through the mechanics so clinically, that it feels all but real.

And aren't love stories about making the unreal feel real. Just having a dialogue that says, "This is a true love story." doesn't make it one. Nor do lines like "I love Bollywood." and "I love Paris" make us believe that you do, they only make the words "I love you" sound like it was said because the writers couldn't think of other ways to express it.

Preity Zinta and Rhehan Malliek do try their best to infuse life into the lines. But, that's the problem, their effort shows. That besides there is no relief from them. There are long scenes with them talking to each other. The only breather comes when Ishkq's mom Marie (Isabelle Adjani) is on screen, and then you wish you hadn't wished to see other faces.

There are no 'aawww' moments, zero funny ones and lots of times when the film tries to be superficially cool with all its talk about ex-boyfriends and no marriages and so on. It does to try touch upon the deep insecurities of the lady protagonist, but turns into the age old, "damsel in distress" protocol.

You really wonder what made Preity Zinta produce this one? Except for the line she says out loud in the film, "So what, if we can't watch a film, no one can stop us from making one."

- meeta, a part of the audience

26 reviewers(?) - 2 yays 9 so-so 15 nays

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

Thumbs up, Bollywood Life : ...Fresh, frothy feel good and, yes, look good, and with a solid undercurrent of emotional frisson to guide the love story to its heart-warming culmination Ishkq In Paris makes you thankful for that thing called love.... full review

Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The film is a visual delight for sure and the story is quite contemporary, if somewhat predictable...... full review

So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...if you’re a die-hard romantic like me, then you might be in a mood to close your eyes to this film’s many flaws. I suspect that's the only way Ishkq in Paris would be your cup of tea.... full review

So-So, by Bobby sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Preity Zinta alone as she remains the lifeline of her self-produced project throughout. Such is the impact of her lively act that after a while it becomes painful to admit that the talented lady is putting so much effort into a film which has a very weak backbone or script in the first place. ... full review

So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...A decent fare... full review

So-So, by Tushar Joshi , DNA : ...Ishkq works in the first half with lighthearted repartee between the lead actors. The stand up act where they mimic their first date is witty and entertaining. So are some of the pick up lines and dialogues. But the second half and the climax are so predictable that you know the end... full review

So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...None of the cast - superstar item boy Salman included - can save a bad script from sinking... full review

So-So, by Swati rohatgi, mag4you : ...Other than it’s short length, great cinematography and the highest point of Salman Khan’s grooving cameo there’s nothing much to enjoy in the film.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum hain in the initial parts of the film and is a decent film on overall basis. But as the film progresses it gets ruined by weak screenplay, long dramatic scenes and is not spared by the curse of the second half where you might wonder what's going around in the film.... full review

So-So, by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster : ...The film looks beautiful… So does Preity…If only it had a better story?... full review

So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Preity Zinta's maiden production has its aesthetics in place. Paris is enchanting. The actress is good but there ends the show. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Bad enough Preity Zinta had to play this hyper bimbette, couldn’t she have found a better actor so cast opposite herself? The two are just so ill-matched, the film ends up looking a few degrees worse than it is.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...it is the cruel story of show business itself that you end up thinking about far more. It happens to the best. Hits happen. Then shit happens, inevitably; sad.... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...'Ishkq in Paris' leaves you with jetlag, drowsy and world-weary.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Flaky and uninteresting love story... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...Watching Ishkq in Paris is like assaulting your logic and sensibilities... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...Manush Nandan’s camerawork does justice to the city of love but the slacking narrative device, uninteresting background score, unmemorable songs and unaffecting performances make it all seem so pointless!... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...A misguided, overwrought affair... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Deogire, In.com : ...Having proved her worth as an actor before in many films, Preity Zinta let us down with her performance as Ishkq.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Ishkq In Paris comes off most derivative, and wholly predictable... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Despite crisp editing, it is the loose plot, not so compelling story and mostly the unconvincing chemistry which are the film’s primary drawbacks. Unless you are Priety Zinta fan, you can easily give this one a miss!... full review

Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint : ... If the movie works at all, it is because Prem Raj restricts the lopsided affair to 96 minutes, and Zinta’s joy at being the cynosure of attention is undeniably contagious.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY : ...The screenplay is too weak for anything to break or make in this film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...The problem with Ishqk in Paris is that it is too convenient a love story and ends on a faux note that is simply not who the characters are... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Ishkq In Paris takes off as a frothy affair but ends up being a melodramatic saga which can bore you easily... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ..."This is a rubbish love story" Zinta says in the film’s most honest, self-aware moment... full review

37 tweeters(?) - 10 yays 4 so-so 23 nays

tarahbGlebss: just watched Ishq in Paris... not bad movie, nice.

rohangu31894451: movie mast hai ishq in paris

rockingsurdy: Saw Ishkq in Paris last nite wid Family n frndz..sucha cute love story n beautifully shot in Paris..luvd every bit of it @realpreityzinta

Madhumita106: liked ISHQ IN PARIS ... nice cute romantic . afterDDLJ n JWM its another watchable 1

kamar04: Ishq In Paris is a great film! Just watched it at manchester odeon :)

Harsh96Hs: I saw Yesterday the movie ishkq in paris....its jus a toching love story...and good story....

coolrealpk: preity as promised I watched 1st day 1st show of ur movie ishq in paris!! Its so romantic and wow!! Thumbs u

archies02: ishq in paris is good movie

anirudhbb: With 0 expectation and movie being under 2 hours, "Ishq In Paris" was actually not bad! #canwatch #movie #bollywood #fb

Aminahsheik: Ishq in Paris ♥ #CuteMovie

The_Exceptional: done with Ishkq In Paris. So so..

PreHoon: Ishkq In Paris is expectedly an average movie but a nice happy pinkish love story... missed Kal Ho Na Ho's Preity Zinta terribly :(

ifyougetme: Ishkq in Paris, well if I've ever needed a bucket it was in this movie... Uuuufff! But I enjoyed it

BollynCo: (blog) Critique de la semaine : Ishkq in paris - ★★☆☆☆ → http://indiabybollyandco.blogspot.com/2013/05/critique-de-la-semaine-ishkq-in-paris.html?spref=tw

_iRahul: What else can you expect from Ishkq in Paris!

yash22265: ishq in paris should have been called 'nobody in theater' :) Ting

worldNewsStream: Ishkq in Paris: Love gone wrong http://networkedblogs.com/LAkmr

WildShip: Ishkq In Paris - The only creative stuff I see is that extra 'K' in the title. Seems to be yet another love story, same old theme :(

the_idiot_fool: Ishq in Paris and flop in theaters.

TheIrfanMughal: Ishq In Paris is a disaster. Good things happen to those who wait, well not for this film.. Sorry Preity Zinta

pseudosoc1al: Ishq in Paris: Flopping worldwide.

Policewalaaa: Life is awesome till you avoid Ishq in Paris

PLakshya: Pakao movie first half ishq in paris

paravgarg: Ishq in paris is too olde #flick.

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mushtak1990: If you hate someone, buy them free tickets of 'Ishq in Paris'

kashishdobriyal: Ishq in paris.......OMG what BAKWASSS film.......DISASTER

KamathGurudutt: ISHKQ IN PARIS: Definitely the most boring film of the year! Extremely hollow and silly. Sad such films get released: good films canned.

indicine: Ishkq In Paris is the biggest disaster of 2013 http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/indicine-bollywood/~3/m3KOjSLwvWA/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=indicine

gautamhs: Watched the movie "Ishq in Paris".. it felt like "Torture in India".. Dear producers, please show 'Merci' on... https://www.facebook.com/gautam.srikrishna/posts/10201357228601735

Freakonomicss: Ishkq in Paris is not a bad film. It's a boring film. And a boring film can be more painful than a bad film. - ET

diptideshmukh9: ""LOCK IN PARIS"" hahaha ""ISHQ IN LOCK"" hahahha ( ISHQ IN PARIS ) hahahhahaha @GodrejLocksS #ReplaceMovieNameWithLock

Deeevki: Ye kya bakwas hai. Ishkq in paris. #HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

bavlichhori: Why would you even bother to write a review of Ishq in Paris?

avilporwal: Ishkq in Paris and nobody in theater

ashwanidadhich: Ishq in Paris के प्रोमो में लिख कर आ रहा है ..... running successfully .... आगे audience भी लिख देते तो कोई confusion नहीं होता

anmolkarnik: Wow, here's a review for Ishq in Paris that is a must read | If you are feeling suicidal, go for Ishkq in Paris: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/ishkq-in-paris-death-by-clich/article4750097.ece

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None except for one slap.
  • Language: Clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Sex is mentioned a few times. Two scenes that imply the couple had sex.
  • Concept: True love, loneliness.
  • General Look and Feel: Crisp but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Dattaprasad Godbole

They gave away first act of the movie, the characters had to practically spell their traits out louds AND the cliche Crying in the Rain...

Even if I'm in a charitable mood and assume that they something new to say... I'm pretty sure its going to padded with lots and lots of same old shit(Hey, that makes a good acronym).

So, Meetu - even by my American Bollywood friends' and I's admittedly low standards (we sat through 1978's 2000's DHAI AKSHAR PREM KE this past Sunday, For God's Sake!), this is a miss? I'd seen it come up as a title and thought "Hey, I've liked Preity Zinta in other romantic comedies - maybe this is worth adding to the list?"

B.H.Harsh

Thats Harsh!

nice girl

Its TRUE ..... ISHkQ in PARIS ...... Running Successfully in Cinemas

But the truth .... NO ONE IN CINEMAS

and the ones who come to watch this move are RUNNING HOME during INTERVAL successfully

@Harsh ha ha ha. When I saw the comment in e-mail, I was wondering why is Harsh saying, "That's Harsh"

@nice girl yeah...

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