Ishkq In Paris

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Ishkq In Paris

24 May, 2013
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Akash and Ishkq meet for the first time on a train from Rome to Paris. They end up spending the evening together in together and get attracted to each other.

However, owing to a no baggage pact set by Ishkq, the two part ways the next morning without as much as a proper goodbye. Ishkq, being the strong-headed independent girl, moves on while Akash ends up falling for the girl he spent the evening with.

They cross paths once again in Paris but will there be Ishkq In Paris?
Consider the scenario. Boy sees girl on train, checks her out, comments on her clothes and then introduces himself with a smartass `A-cash; cash with an A` (Akash, really; Rhehan Malliek). Under normal circumstances, that would earn a rebuff. But the girl smiles and introduces herself with an equally ridiculous `I-s-h-k-q` (Preity Zinta). Dear lord, they must be made for each other. Of course, had that realisation dawned on them so quickly, there would be no movie. There would also be no need for the screenplay to blatantly borrow the basic plot idea from Before Sunrise (1995) for its entire first half. Instead, they agree to `spend the night` together in Paris and never meet each other again. It would sound absurd, but original, if you hadnt seen the Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy starrer where they too meet on a train and agree to spend one night in Vienna. Of course, the borrowed plot is cooked with a generous dosage of Bollywood spices. So you must suffer clichs like a Paris full of French people who speak Hindi; and a heroine whose jackets are heavy but hemlines ridiculously short. ...Read full review
When we first met Preity Zinta, we were bowled over by those sparkling eyes, those dimples and that genuinely fresh candour. When, in Dil Se, Shah Rukh Khan choked on his burger as she casually asked about virginity, we could relate. We rooted against the girl his character loved because of the character we invariably fell for, dooming the movies fate without realising it. And it felt worth it. What a girl, that fiesty, ebullient, Perk-eating Zinta. That was fifteen years ago. In this Fridays release - the moronically spelt Ishkq In Paris - Zinta assails us with those dimples in the hopes that things havent changed. Tragically, she seems almost determined not to act. She straddles the line between French and Hindi clumsily, speaking in a bit of a supervillain accent. Her eyes sparkle with the eagerness of a jumpy squirrel, even when they shouldnt. (Really, should anybodys?) There is a bit too much enthusiasm, too much bounce to her character, who shrugs all the time and nods rapidly and constantly, like a big Preity bobble-head. Without a cricketer in embracing range, Zinta doesnt seem to know what to do with herself. This, as you should have guessed from the title or the posters or the heading of this review, is a bad film. Evidence can be found in the fact that the men in the film, having worked previously on truly dismal projects, decided to come to this one with names changed. ...Read full review
Ishkq in Paris is the sort of film that inspires its director and its leading man to assume aliases so they might escape responsibility for subjecting us to this travesty theyve committed to the screen. Leading lady Preity Zinta, unfortunately, is too well known to hide behind a fake name. Preity, playing Ishkq, a permanently perky Parisian photographer, is the sort of girl who takes off for the weekend to Rome because she loves being served by Italian waiters. On a train back home, she meets pretty boy Akash (Rhehan Malliek, formerly known as Gaurav Chanana), and no sooner than youve uttered the words Before Sunrise, theyre spending the day wandering about the French capital drinking, partying, and discussing life and relationships. Credited not only as star, but also as producer and co-screenplay writer of this muddled film, Preity continues to rely on her dimpled smile and her sparkly eyes to do all the heavy lifting as far as her performance goes. But those tropes have gotten rusty from overuse. Ishkq and Akash hit it off, but love is not on the menu. Ishkq, you see, is allergic to marriage, having seen her own mother (legendary French actress Isabelle Adjani) go through a messy divorce from her dad. Writer-director Prem Raj (formerly Prem Soni, who helmed that forgettable Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Main Aur Mrs Khanna) piles on the clichs, slipping into a quicksand of regressive ideas and over-familiar stereotypes. The film becomes increasingly soppy in its second half, but never in a way that you truly care for its characters. And how can you anyway? Former TV actor and born-again newcomer Rhehan Malliek is as expressive as a slab of granite, and it doesnt help that his voice is so obviously dubbed. Preity Zinta shimmies and shakes, and giggles till her jaws must hurt, but delivers only one genuinely moving moment in a scene set in a hotel room where she opens her heart to Akash. But no one ought to be more embarrassed than poor Isabelle Adjani whos dubbed in clunky Hindi, and must even suffer the indignity of dancing like a junior artiste in an Indian wedding song. ...Read full review



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