Ishqiya
2D

Ishqiya

Hindi
ComedyDramaRomance
29 Jan, 2010
1 hrs 55 mins
64%
51 votes
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Two thieves, Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), feeling frustrated with the lives they are leading under their ruthless ganglord Mushtaq (Salman Shahid), steal 25 lakhs from him to flee to their home. Being on the run, they seek refuge with an old friend, and instead meet his widow, Krishna (Vidya Balan). With the coming of Khalujan and Babban there is new energy and enthusiasm that enters her life. Krishna`s youthfulness and serenity starts to flower again.
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Rarely are grace and profanity cited in the same breath. Debutant filmmaker Abhishek Chaubey`s Ishqiya, however, is a privileged exception. Regardless of its colourful language, simmering sexuality, ribald humour and unabashed reverence for the offensive, the drama has enough lyricism, layers and eccentricity to stereotype it as grim or gawky. Produced, co-written (along with Chaubey and Sabrina Dhawan) and composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Ishqiya bears his stamp of brains, brilliance and blasphemy but leaves enough space for Chaubey to establish his credibility. And that`s not an easy task when your film is set in the same milieu and texture as Bhardwaj`s Omkara. But like Chaubey mentions in an interview, the similarities are mostly `cosmetic.` He`s quite right too. ...Read full review
Be forewarned, ISHQIYA isn`t the fluffy, candyfloss, saccharine sweet story of lovers breaking into songs in mustard fields. In ISHQIYA, you just don`t know what turn the story may take next. Not just the story, even the characters here are so impulsive and unpredictable. You need to have a strong stomach to absorb ISHQIYA. It`s high on drama, it`s wild, it`s real. But it`s not dark, it`s not sleazy, it`s not crass. Frankly, you don`t expect debutante director Abhishek Chaubey to make a stereotypical fare thanks to the tutelage by his guru Vishal Bhardwaj, who loves to swim against the tide and undertake risks in film after film. ...Read full review
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