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Dangerous Ishq – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on May 11, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Reliance Entertainment
DIRECTOR – Vikram Bhatt
WRITER – Amin Hajee
CAST – Karishma Kapoor, Jimmy Shergill, Rajneesh Duggal,
MUSIC – Himesh Reshammiya

The intrigue of past life phenomena has enough power to catch popular attention and Brian Weiss’ widely-read ‘Many Lives Many Masters’ proved it beyond doubt some years ago. Past life phenomena became a household concept in India via TV (Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka) and now Vikram Bhatt invests it with silver screen drama complete with 3D and Karishma Kapoor.

Essentially a love story, Dangerous Ishq pans out as a thriller, spanning a timeline of five centuries in 24 hours, following supermodel Sanjana’s (Karishma Kapoor) intuition in saving her lover, business tycoon Rohan’s (Rajneesh Duggal) life. Eternal lovers, apparently they have taken several births to unite as lovers but in every lifetime a curse has followed them. There is someone who seeks to keep them apart and Sanjana is determined to find out who this is. Thus begins her travel through time.

Even as the pain of loss and separation runs strong through the film, director Vikram Bhatt invests more in the suspense element and resolution of the lover’s destiny. Bit by bit, the film unveils episodes of Sanjana’s past that are relevant to her today, giving her clues to her destination. It’s a long winded path indeed and at times illogical and over-simplified. In a bid to keep pace and romanticise past life phenomena, the film typically chooses to twist it around to its convenience. Soul lessons become mere clues to solve a mystery and the regression process is replaced by magical intuition. So much does the film concentrate on delivering suspense that it forgets the extent of dumbing down it does to its otherwise spiritual subject. But who knows, maybe, in this form it may appeal to non-believers more.

There is colour galore and a certain authenticity of sets and costumes that make it visually appealing enough for its dramatised subject. Yet, the language and limited world-view turns the seeming authenticity into superficiality never allowing us to connect with the surroundings of reality of Sanjana’s life. We care for Sanjana’s dilemmas but the credit for that largely goes to the actress who keeps her performance on an even keel. She looks gorgeous, even though heavily pan-caked and wears her screen presence with ease. Rajneesh Duggal, Jimmy Shergill and Divya Dutta fill in their parts with similar superficiality, having little to perform for. In his small role, Ravi Kisshen shows his trademark conviction despite the chipped and unfinished character written out for him.

Like all Vikram Bhatta films, Dangerous Ishq depends on thrills and chills and focuses little on characterisation, mood or even dialogues. Fortunately, it uses Himesh Rehsammiya’s forgettable music as background scores and keeps the pace tight. Unnecessary and tacky 3D does little to our experience, as we travel through Sanjana’s many traumatic lifetimes. It almost leaves us wistfully wishing if only this once-A-lister actor had used a better film as a comeback vehicle it might have worked better for her. And for us.

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