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Ishaqzaade – Movie Review

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

PRODUCER – Aditya Chopra
DIRECTOR – Habib Faisal
WRITER – Habib Faisal
CAST – Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra
MUSIC – Amit Trivedi

Last year, Habib Faisal sprung on the Bollywood scene with the refreshing joie-di-vivre of ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ and ‘Band, Bajaa, Baaraat’. It explored the lesser-explored middle-class with an intuitive honesty, charm and a lot of heart. He brings the same honesty and connectedness with the lesser explored small-town India in Ishaqzaade, but the heart? If in a story of die-hard lovers we are questioning its heart, something somewhere must be off.

The film sets itself in a fictitious small town Almoda, but so rooted and real is the town that it easily becomes a prototype of any of India’s towns. It is a love story set against the backdrop of two warring political rivals Chauhan and Qureshi. Chauhan has a fly-off-the-handle, ruffian-like grandson (Parma) Arjun Kapoor and Qureshi a spunky and headstrong daughter Zoya (Parineeti Chopra). Their destinies meet amidst the parental battles of supremacy and sparks fly. But all is not as it seems and their different religion isn’t the only problem. There is betrayal and bloodshed to go through before both can unite, and the betrayal comes from none other than Parma himself, turning the film on its head, despite its premise and title.

However, whatever the heart-aches, lovers need to re-unite but it’s a bullet-ridden path ahead of them. In true Ek Duje ke Liye style, both families turn blood-thirsty and the lovers are left with no choice but to run. And run they do, through the zillion twining, by lanes of Almoda that seems to reflect the ever-twisting nature of story itself.

The film explores some pretty dark themes, blurring the lines between protagonist and antagonist many times. But it does this with shifting intensity and a mere focus on plot than its characters. Emotions and reactions never seem in sync with their surroundings and neither does the flow fall in place then. It is a mis-match that never allows us to understand how seriously are we meant to take the happenings unfolding before us. The ‘love’ among all of this is almost but lost, which is unfortunate because the lead pair debutante Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra perform with such a refreshing gusto that you regret they didn’t have a stronger emotional world to centre themselves in. This world is further diluted with a faceless cast that under the director’s tutelage performs well but isn’t able to create a lasting romantic world for Parma and Zoya’s love to flourish. Gauhar Khan is makes the most of her supporting role as the prostitute-with-the-heart of gold, at once charming and convincing.

The film has so many little things to offer, ambiance, body language, language, cultural nuances and more. Amit Trivedi’s score has the small-town, slightly brazen energy and so does the action.

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