Ishqiya is a delightful film set in rural Uttar Pradesh and unfolds a drama with the pungent odours of rustic reality with enough twists to keep the viewer interested in the narration.
Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and his nephew Babban (Arshad Warsi) are petty thieves who are running away from the wrath of their gang leader.
Actually they want to retire and live without any criminal activities.They plan to go and hide in the house of a friend who lives in a small village in rural Uttar Pradesh. When they arrive they find that their friend is no more and become friendly with their friend’s widow Krishna (Vidya Balan) who is a typical rustic lasso. Khalujaan loves her and Babban lusts for her. As the two try hard to win Krishna, the past of the three characters comes back like a ghost with vengeance. Their journey reaches a novel climax.
Thespian Naseeruddin Shah makes you believe that only he can portray this role so convincingly. Arshad Warsi is energetic and ebullient. Vidya Balan comes out with another memorable performance. She is agile, aggressive and astounding. All others perform competently in their nicely etched roles.
The story and dialogues by Vishal Bharadwaj are typical and interesting. The asset of the film is the screenplay written by Vishal Bharadwaj, Abhishek Chaubey, and Sabrina Dhawan. Bollywood should heartily welcome Abhishek Chaubey who proved to be such a wonderful director in his debut film. Mohana Krishna’s cinematography amply captures the rustic beauty. Editing by Namrata Rao is crisp and adds to the narration value. Music by Vishal is another plus point. Sound design enhances the narration value. The presentation of the film is very good.
Ishqiya bears the stamp and style of Vishal Bharadwaj and very ably helmed by debutant Abhishek Chaubey. This is a delightful film that surprises you with its twists and turns. The film deserves to be seen particularly for the dynamic performances of Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi. You may not agree with the climax, but you will still like Ishqiya.
The cast and crew
Naseeruddin Shah , Vidya Balan , Arshad Warsi , Salman Shahid, Adil Hussen, Rajesh Sharma, Anupama Kumar, Gauri Mala, Mastar Alok Kumar, Anisha Bano, Jai Singh Nijjar and others
Story & Dialogue: Vishal Bharadwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar, Ajinkya Iyer,
Screenplay: Vishal Bharadwaj, Abhishek Chaubey, and Sabrina Dhawan
Cinematographer: Mohana Krishna
Editor: Namrata Rao
Production Designer: Nitin Desai
Costumes Designer: Payal Saluja
Sound Designer: Kaamod Kharade, P. M. Satheesh, and Shajith Koyeri
Action Director: Jai Singh Nijjar
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj
Background Music: Hitesh Sonik
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bharadwaj, and Clinton Cerejo
Sound Mixing: Debajit Changmai
Producer: Vishal Bharadwaj and Raman Maroo
Co-Producer: Ketan Maroo, Mansi Maroo, and Rekha Bharadwaj
Executive Producer: Sanjay Mehta
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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