Ishq Vishk Rebound

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

The freshness wilts rather quickly as young adults go about sorting their lives and minds out. Their match-ups, break-ups, and patch-ups neither engage nor entertain.

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Running time: 105 minutes
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A love triangle has to be really really well-made for it to work well after 100 years of movies being made. A romantic film doesn’t have to answer “Why are they in love with each other?” But if the question arises in the audience’s mind, then they have either lost the audience or have set themselves up for an uphill task. And that they do. Multiple times. In all available combinations.

Almost as if thinking out loud, “The viewers aren’t going to get this unless we bring it to the foreground. So, here look-look, how ‘layered’ our story is!”

Boy1 loves Girl1. Girl1 loves Boy1. So far, so good. I mean, I’, not convinced, but I’ll take it. Girl 1 loves Boy2. O..kay…if you say so. Boy2 loves Girl1 too. Ok, fine. I had signed up for a triangle, so can I complain? But wait, there is a Girl2 too. At this point, any interest I might have had is spread very thin.

Now, you can pad it up with weird trips that a couple takes, or daddy issues, or breaking fourth walls. Oh, by the way, I hope that the trip organiser has a horrible rating! They don’t offer help to participants when the latter are in trouble! Some deep trouble, that too!

Anyway, even as the young concepts and phrases pique interest. I mean it is a documentation of the times that people can go from a favourites list on your phone to a blocked list. Or how tattoos and piercings are the new retail therapy. Or when you see young adults justifying their actions by pushing away their maturity under the ‘over-thinking’ carpet. But you realise how vain the attempt at being contemporary is, once these things spurt in and out of the film. The writing is inconsistent in its tone.

I was thoroughly amused when the writers pointed out how beautiful their scene was from about an hour ago. Almost as if thinking out loud, “The viewers aren’t going to get this unless we bring it to the foreground. So, here look-look, how ‘layered’ our story is!”

That’s not to say the film doesn’t have decent philosophical takes. In fact, I loved that it champions the cause of confrontation in close relationships. And that it mulls over the meaning of happiness. Just wish it didn’t come across as superficial. It doesn’t help that Pashmina Roshan, Naila Grewal, and Jibraan Khan have a lot to grow as far as their craft goes. While Rohit Saraf is better than the rest, he makes his eyes work too hard, letting the effort show. The rest of the supporting cast, too, looks like they are going through the motions.

That is the crux of the issues with Ishq Vishk Rebound. The writing, too like the acting, feels like it is going through the motions. Deciding on the destination and force-fitting the journey, rather than having them from and into each other.

- meeta, a part of the audience

20 reviewers(?) - 2 yays 8 so-so 10 nays

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Thumbs up, by Ganesh Aaglave, FirstPost : ...On the whole, Ishq Vishk Reboud’s plot, treatment and vibe are truly relatable to the current generation and is expected to garner appreciation and love from the college-going crowd.... full review

Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Both are easy on the eye—checking off all the departments for desi romcom; dance, dress, soft dialogues, sufficient screen presence—seemingly enjoying themselves before the camera. Saraf is potential star-material.... full review

So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...Summing up, Ishq Vishk Rebound starts off as being a frothy romantic comedy but then loses its fizz midway. Watch it if you have a yen for rom coms and have to catch every such outing…... full review

So-So, by Bhavana Agarwal, india today : ...The major problem with the film is not that it makes rebound seem 'frivolous'. But, it makes a half-hearted attempt or resorts to tokenism to entertain. It is funny and cheesy, yes! But all of this without a soul, feels like a wasted opportunity.... full review

So-So, by Mallika Mehzabeen, : ...For anyone going to watch the film, we recommend not to expect anything and let the story unfold itself. You never know you might like some or the other thing in the 1 hour and 46 minutes of the movie. From watching Gen Z making their choices when it comes to love to witnessing boomers putting all their efforts into continuing a relationship after years, Ishq Vishk Rebound has come a long way and would definitely leave you thinking about the generational gap.... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The best way to approach Ishq Vishk Rebound as a viewer is not to expect the world from it. At least parts of it might then pleasantly surprise you.... full review

So-So, by "Dishya Sharma ", : ...Bottom line: Ishq Vishk Rebound is for today’s young adults. The youngsters will enjoy the film but those seeking a hint of Ishq Vishk nostalgia will be in for a heartbreak.... full review

So-So, by Rishil Jogani, Pinkvilla : ...Ishq Vishk Rebound is a fun and breezy watch but it had scope for better and deeper conflicts.... full review

So-So, by Risha Ganguly, Times Now : ...The audience today has unlimited access to films and shows that talk about friendship, love, breakups, and rebounds. To stand out in the crowd, a film has to deliver something out of the ordinary, which is not the case with Ishq Vishk Rebound. However, it is a breezy watch that does not require extra thought or attention to detail, which, in addition to the short run-time, is an advantage in the rom-com genre. If you are looking for a movie with a simple plot to watch with your friends and have found yourself humming songs from the album, Ishq Vishk Rebound can be an option you can settle for.... full review

So-So, by Dhaval Roy, Times of India : ...Ishq VIshk Rebound is a film for Gen Z. While older viewers might not fully connect with its portrayal of modern love, the humour, engaging performances, and entertainment value make it a decent one-time watch.... full review

Thumbs down, by Riya Sharma, DNA : ...As an audience, you keep waiting to see something more real, mature, and believable to be addressed in the film, but the film falls flat. Though it is written for Gen Z, it still comes out to be a cheesy, soulless film that neither gives the characters nor the audience time to feel what's happening. It's more like a rebound for Ishq Vishk lovers, and rebound relationships don't always work. The film should come with a disclaimer "watch at your own risk and only if you are a Rohit Saraf fan."... full review

Thumbs down, by Murtuza Iqbal, Filmi Beat : ...Overall, Ishq Vishk Rebound turns out to be a boring film because of the weak narration. Maybe if you are a GenZ or Gen Alpha, this movie might attract you, but on the whole it fails to entertain. So, it's better to watch Shahid Kapoor-Amrita Rao starrer Ishq Vishk on Amazon Prime Video.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Free Press Journal : ...Rohit Saraf looks cute and fits the bill perfectly. Jibraan is the another debutante in the film. He came prepared, dances well, and has a great sense of technical ability and dialogue delivery.... full review

Thumbs down, : ...Overall, “Ishq Vishq Rebound” is a disappointing sequel that fails to live up to expectations. With poor acting, a lack of direction, and a painfully short runtime, it earns a well-deserved one-star rating. This film is best avoided by fans of the original and new viewers alike.... full review

Thumbs down, by Monika Rawal Kukreja, Hindustan Times : ...Is Ishq Vishk Rebound better than Ishq Vishk. No! Is it bad? Not really! To simply put, it’s an easy-breezy watch that’s fun and frivolous at the same time. As Pashmina says to Rohit in one of the scenes, ‘Your characters are mature, but you still have a lot of growing up to do’. This is exactly what I’d like to tell the whole team of Ishq Vishk Rebound — your story is mature and intense, but there’s still a lot that can make it convincing and clearer.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aseem Sharma, India TV : ...If you are planning to watch Ishq Vishk Rebound in theatres this weekend, you can easily avoid it and save 106 minutes of your precious time of your life. Rather sit outside a college and enjoy a good 'Ishq Vishk' vibe. If you are a Rohit Saraf fan, I would suggest you watch his popular films like The Sky Is Pink and Hichki, instead of watching the spiritual sequel to the 2003 film. Out of five, we give it 2 stars.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...The film seems to forget Grewal (last seen in courtroom drama ‘Mamla Legal Hai’) for long stretches. The same goes for third-fiddle Khan, who reminds us strongly of the boy he was in ‘K3G’. Despite the uneven time-share on screen, you can see each has potential... full review

Thumbs down, by "Pooja Darade ", koimoi : ...In conclusion, ‘Ishq Vishk Rebound’ had the potential to be an intriguing exploration of friendships and love in the context of modern relationships. However, it falls short due to its weak script, lack of genuine character development, and poor execution. It’s a missed opportunity to create a memorable rom-com for the Gen Z audience.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayur Sanap, Rediff : ...The result is a drab romance and dull comedy that even the intended teen audience might have a hard time keeping up with.... full review

Thumbs down, by Pratikshya Mishra, The Quint : ...Towards the end, a single cameo from Sheeba Chadha floors you – in a few minutes, she reminds you of how natural an actor can look on screen. It’s like watching your ‘ishq vishk’ for cinema come back in real time.... full review

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few scenes when people are beaten up.
  • Language: Clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A few lip-to-lips.
  • Concept: Boy meets girl meets boy meets girl.
  • General Look and Feel: Young.

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Thanks for the review. I won't even watch it on OTT...

Yeah, good call!

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