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Release Date : 29 January 2010
Year : 2010
Producer : Vishal Bhardwaj , Raman Maroo
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Ishqiya is a story of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense, passion, and deceit. Two thieves, Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), are on the run from their boss, Mushtaq (Salman Shahid). They seek refuge with an old friend, and instead meet his widow, Krishna (Vidya Balan). As they plan their escape, their time spent together draws the duo to her, Khalu with his tinted vision of old-fashioned love, and Babban with his lustful eye. The threat of imminent death forces them on a path of violence and betrayal. Set in a rural landscape, Ishqiya explores basic human emotions as influenced by desire, greed and revenge..

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'Ishqiya': 3 Sparks In Desi Firecracker!

By MovieTalkies.com, 30 January 2010 3.5 / 5

Abhishek Chaubey makes a very confident directorial debut with 'Ishqiya', a film which is set in the badlands of eastern Uttar Pradesh and is replete with the lingo and ethos of the region. Chaubey does a flawless job of narrating his tale except for the last bit of the film, where utter confusion reigns. He fumbles towards the finale and is unable to wrap up the film up satisfactorily, thus stopping short of making a great movie. The director manages to lay out his film perfectly, the setting, the lingo, the people, and the ethos of the region, all delectably done. His actors too fit into their respective roles with utter ease. In fact, the film is a total delight, till the end, of course. Chaubey's tale is about two small time crooks, Mamujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), who are on the run from a small time don, who they have duped. The unrepentant duo seek shelter in the home of a friend, who they realise is no more. But his widow Krishna (Vidya Balan) welcomes them into her house. Gradually, both the maamu and his crooked nephew find themselves hooked by the comely widow, who turns out to be as crooked as them. With the masks off, all three now hatch a kidnapping plot so as to get rich quickly. But like the best of plans, it unhinges in the end, leading to utter chaos. Chaubey excels in the telling of his tale, which is full of twists and turns. There is never a dull moment with Mamujaan and Babban around. Both fall for the charms of Krishnaji, who lures them with her seductive glances and gestures. Naseer and Arshad are a made for each other couple, each as crooked as the other. While Mamujaan falls for the charms of Krishna first, Babban is the one who manages to score first. Both actors share an excellent chemistry on screen, as they complement each other superbly. Naseer is a class act and he does not disappoint in his portrayal of the wizened old rogue, who dyes his hair black and starts romancing the widow. Arshad is a perfect foil for him and renders an equally flawless performance as Babban, a man without any scruples or morals. But the real revelation is Vidya Balan. One has never seen her like this. Krishna is a bold woman who knows how to flash her eyes, flaunt her hair and get her way. She is just as wily as the two crooks and is more than a match for them, as Krishna has them falling like nine pins for her, fighting for her attention. Her native cunning is reflected in the cold blooded manner in which she masterminds the kidnapping plot. Put simply, Vidya is terrific as Krishna, with her body language, bold gestures and volatile eyes. She is a true delight to watch as she manages to keep one on tenterhooks, not sure what to expect next. Her ethos being, all is fair in love. Vidya matches up to the performance of Naseer and Arshad with her scintillating portrayal of Krishna. Even the minor characters have been extremely well written, for instance,the don who is after Mamujan and Babban, the businessman with his quirky sexual tastes and the old woman, each managing to be as memorable as the main characters. Surely credit for this should go to Chaubey for the manner in which he has conceived and written his characters and the confidence with which he has directed this movie. Playing an equally prominent role in the proceedings is the setting and the backdrop, which is so lifelike and authentic, with its gun and kidnapping culture and with young kids being roped into caste wars which dominate eastern UP. Without going into heavyduty details and wasting screen time, Chaubey manages to lay out all of this effectively. Vishal Bhardwaj's music is like an icing on the cake. It is delectable and at least two of its numbers, 'Ibn e Batuta' and 'Dil To Baccha Hai' have become fairly popular. The other two numbers, which have been sung by Rekha Bhardwaj too would have been noticed by music lovers. The camerawork by Mohana Krishna is quite enticing, especially the manner in which he captures the very colourful backdrop. One just wishes that Chaubey could have sorted out the ending and this would become one of those cult movies. Though entirely 'desi' in tone, the film replicates the style of many a European film. 'Ishqiya' is a stylish movie, peppered with lots of black humour, which manages to keep one glued to the end, except for the unimpressive climax. Nevertheless, it's canny Chaubey all the way……

'Ishqiya': Strumming To The Soul.....

By MovieTalkies.com, 25 January 2010 3 / 5

His notes have been notching a catchy high .... and Vishal Bhardwaj seems to be in fine form these days. Just fresh from the release of 'Kaminey', he follows through with composing the score for his protégé Abhishek Chaubey's forthcoming 'Ishqiya', starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi. Bhardwaj himself is a protégé of Gulzar who gave him a break with the music of 'Maachis'. The two of them, each a genius in his own field, have collaborated wonderfully in many films as composer and lyric writer and they carry their partnership forward with 'Ishqiya'. Gulzar and Bhardwaj, both have a penchant for stretching the idiom, be it the grammar of filmmaking, the vocabulary of words or music, they are hardly content with treading the same old route and always believe in travelling a rarely trodden path. The music of 'Ishqiya' is absolutely true to type and all four songs in the album reflect this uncompromising trait. The album begins with the 'Dil To Baccha Hai', sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. This number, which appears in a remixed version as well, has a very pronounced country flavour to it, which adds to the ambience of the movie. It's a very un Rahat like number. The singer, who mainly dabbles in Sufi music, has probably never sung something so far removed from his idiom. Needless to say, Rahat is quite successful in his attempt and he brings something really fresh to the number. The song has a certain lightness about its being,which makes it a very enjoyable experience. The music has a different flavour to it, a certain old world quality to it, quite like the black & white films of yore. A very loveble number indeed. 'Ibn e Batuta', the second number on the album, is an extremely charming and catchy number. Sung by Mika and Sukhwinder Singh, it has a lovely rhythm to it and is the kind of number which should have the listeners hooked on, instantly. Of course, there may have been a lot of speculation regarding 'Ibn e Batuta', who is known to have been a Moroccan Muslim scholar of the medieval times, known for his travels around the world. The song which has been picturised on Naseer and Arshad has a certain street like quality to it, but it's only in the flavour and not in the actual ingredients. This is a track which is likely to move up rapidly on the charts. One is not sure why it had to have a remix version, as some of the song's authentic flavour is lost in remixing. There are two more songs in the album, both of which have been sung by Rekha Bhardwaj. These two numbers belong to an absolutely different genre as they are not your simple ditties but distilled musings of the soul, testimony to the exquisite poetry of Gulzar, the meditative music of Vishal and Rekha's soulful vocals. All three talents combine wonderfully on these last two numbers. The first of them, 'Ab Mujhe Koi', is a brief number with a gentle, smooth movement. It soothes your consciousness and draws you into its world, with a seamlessness which is unimaginable. Before one realises, the number gets over and the second number, 'Badi Dheere Jali' comes on. 'Badi Dheere Jali' has a classical bent to it and to prove that, it begins with a short 'alaap', as well. But it has traces of Western influence, mildly flirting with fusion and then dissolving into the classical genre. Rekha's deep, throaty voice lends itself perfectly to both these numbers. Wisely, Rekka refrains from using the full power of her voice. Instead, she gives in a very mellow rendition, doing full justice to the number. The musical album of 'Ishqiya' does not boast of any commercial trappings, unlike a 'Kaminey' or even an 'Omkara'. 'Ibn e Batuta' is perhaps the only number which has slightly populist overtones to it, and it definitely has chartbusting possibilities etched on it. But as for the rest of the numbers, they have a certain simplicity about them. Something which is bound to take a music lovers' breath away.....
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saeed khan, Jan 25, 2010
4 / 5
i think its good movie

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