Friday, February 5, 2010

Film Review: ISHQIYA

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi
Director: Abhishek Chaubey

The film

Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) are small time thieves who try to get away with big cash while outwitting a bigger thief. They hope to take shelter at Krishna’s (Vidya Balan) home as they know her husband. But on reaching there, they find out that he is no more. Krishna still offers to let them stay at her home for purposes of her own.

My take:

The cinematography was excellent as the camera has captured some very beautiful village scenes. Naseeruddin Shah has done his part as well as he always does. Vidya Balan as Krishna and Arshad Warsi as Babban have done superb jobs with their acting skills. Arshad Warsi’s dialogue delivery is worth a special mention. The atmosphere and the reality of life up north in the Indian villages have be portrayed authentically.

But, and it’s a big BUT – I personally could not relate to the film at any level. For me, a film should invoke some kind of an emotion. You either want to laugh loudly, or cry softly; you want to love it or hate it; you should feel anger or a sense of satisfaction…

But this one brought forth no feelings in me. I just went to the theatre – which by the way was barely 25% full – saw the film with a couple of smiles at a few dialogues and walked out of the theatre in a state of total apathy.

Verdict: Every man to his poison. This one is not mine.

Rating: ** Shaky

* Silly
** Shaky
*** Smart
**** Snazzy
***** Super


  1. Right Sundari, I think you didn't feel anything because you couldn't relate to it considering the setting and the background of the film. But you have to agree, Ishqiya was 'entertaining'. What say?

  2. I agree with you in toto...the film dint touch my is indeed shaky...but the cinematography, dialogues and acting is very smart...

  3. I think somehow Krishna's accent should been worked's too polished. And its a good attempt, but I thought the story was a bit loose.

  4. thank you, will make sure i dont watch this film even when it comes on tv, as it is i dont much care for vidya balan :D