Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Medium : Hindi
Starring : Nazrudeen Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan
Director : Abhishek Chaubhey
Music : Vishal Bharadwaj

Vishal Bharadwaj (music director turned director) had given distinguished films like 'Maqbool', 'Omkara', 'Kaminey' etc in the past. In the new film 'Ishqiya', he is not in the role of a director, he
is the producer, music director and the co-writer here. The film is directed by debutant Abhishek Chaubhey (former assistant to Vishal) and it has got an unusual star cast like Nazrudeen Shah, Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan. This is yet another different role for Nazrudeen Shah after the remarkable film 'A Wednesday', Arshad Warsi has got a big role after 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' and Vidya Balan is here after the success of 'Paa'.

'Ishqiya' is the story of two thieves (Nazrudeen Shah and Arshad Warsi), who reach the border village of UP. They reached there after escaping from their boss, whom they have to pay the debts. They were planning to meet their old friend in the village. When reached there, they came to know that he is dead and his wife (Vidya Balan) gave them a shelter in her house. When came to know about their problems, she told an idea to mak
e money for their needs. Thus they had planned to kidnap a rich business man from the city. In between, we are shown, these two friends getting an affair with the widow. The senior one is mentally attached and the other guy interested in sexual relationship. This affected the bondage of friendship between the two heroes in the later areas. Anyway after a vigilant observation for days, they had worked out their plan. The controversy regarding the death of heroine's husband and the associated facts are revealed in the climax.

The choosing of location like Gorakhpur and the rural areas of UP gave a different mood here. The village scenes reminded of the films like 'Gangajal', 'Sarfarosh', 'Anthapuram' (telugu) etc. No need to give special comments on the performance of the versatile actor Nazrudeen Shah, he is as usual excellent. Arshad Warsi handled his role well. The chemistry between two actors were good. Vidya Balan had also done justice to her role. The argument scene regarding the music director of old hit 'kuch dil ne kaha...' from the film 'Anupama' between the senior hero and heroine felt different. The usage of old hindi songs in the bg is a good thing. The second half is more interesting compared to the first.

Cinematographer Mohana Krishnan had given excellent frames. Hitesh Sonik has given a good background score which gave the required feel, action sequences by Jai Singh are notable. Co-writer and director Abhishek Chaubhey had made the film as an entertainer that can attract all section of audiences.

'Ishqiya' shown in the unusual environment of north east India, is a watchable movie. It seriously discusses friendship, love and revenge matters in the humor background...

Rating : 7.5 / 10

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