Sunday, September 21, 2014

Film Review: DAAWAT-E-ISHQ

It’s worth a see if you like romances

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher, Karan Wahi
Director: Habib Faisal

I had been quite impressed by the promos of Daawat-e-Ishq and was keen to watch the film. Then there is the hero Aditya Roy Kapoor who is too hot for words. So Vinny and I decided to catch it on Saturday at Big Cinemas in R-City Mall, Ghatkopar as the rest of the family weren’t too keen.


Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) lives with her father (Anupam Kher) in Hyderabad. She has completed her 12th standard topping her class. Unable to pursue her dreams of becoming a shoe designer, Gullu settles for working in a shoe outlet at a shopping mall. Her court clerk father has saved some gold and cash to be given as dowry for his only child. Many guys come to ‘see’ Gullu as a prospective bride along with their families but reject her because they find a dowry of cash and kind worth Rs. 15 lakh too less.

The final straw is when Gullu begins to date Amjad (Karan Wahi) and is confident that he loves her. When his parents meet her father, they insist that they need only Rs. 80 lakh to fund his education in the USA and nothing personal.

That’s when Gullu decides to take things into her own hands. She persuades her father to go with her to Lucknow. They stay at a 5-star hotel pretending to be millionaires from Dubai. They have a plan to find a ‘bakra’ for a groom. Watch the film to find out more.


The film has a good storyline and is quite interesting as it runs for just a couple of hours. Parineeti Chopra looks good and acts very well. It was very satisfying the way her character deals with the greedy prospective grooms and their parents, especially Amjad (Karan Wahi).

Anupam Kher as her father is just excellent. The widower loves his child but is too steeped in tradition to quite understand her behaviour. Despite all that, he is open to listening to her. Good one!

Aditya Roy Kapoor is too hot and does complete justice to his role as Tariq aka Taru. After seeing him in two different drunken roles (one was good while the other was very so-so) in Aashiqui 2 & Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani, I didn’t know quite what to expect. But he was simply awesome in this film. Kudos! My only peeve is that there was too less of ARK.

The promos were pretty misleading. I had had the impression that the film was about two foodies from Hyderabad and Lucknow. It’s nothing like that. While Tariq runs a restaurant and is a great cook, there was nothing else to it.

While the story was good, I wish it had been handled better. There was very good detailing with Gullu’s prospective grooms. But later, when Gullu and Taru get to know each other, the sequence flashes by too briefly via a song. That could have been explored more, I feel.

VERDICT: It’s worth a see if you like romances; nothing to feel upset about if you miss it either.