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'Dedh Ishqiya' review: The film is like heady wine, it delivers a welcome kick



Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Who can possibly resist the promise of another rollicking adventure with Khaluj and Babban? Writer-director Abhishek Chaubey and co-writer Vishal Bhardwaj have come up with two ingenuous, delightful con men, one uncle, the other nephew, one the brains, the other the brawn.

'Dedh Ishqiya' review: The film is like heady wine, it delivers a welcome kick

Gorgeously shot, crisply edited, and handsomely mounted, large portions of the film are evocative of a nawabi culture.

Actors Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi have made these characters completely their own. Khalujaan and Babban aren't Munna and Circuit, Veeru and Jai, Starsky and Hutch, or Tango and Cash. They're small-time thieves with one gigantic flaw -their minds turn to mush when they fall in love.

It's this common thread that ran through 2010's Ishqiya and also runs through its sequel, Dedh Ishqiya. But if the earlier film benefited from an element of surprise - astonishing the audience with saucy comedy, and unpredictable twists and turns - the new one invites you to settle into your seat to savor the delicious Urdu wordplay and the naughty lines, even as you wait for the rug to be pulled from under your feet.

After a fairly lengthy but enjoyable prologue in which they're separated during a jewelry store robbery, the plot of Dedh Ishqiya kicks in with Khalujaan and Babban still on the run from their boss. Khalujaan is the man with a plan. He's come away to Mahmudabad, intending to win a nawabi swayamvar for the hand of the beautiful widow Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit), who has organized a shayari competition at her palace.

The Begum is shadowed by her protective aide Muniya (Huma Qureishi), and Babban instantly falls in love -- and lust - with this feisty girl. Khalujaan, who is himself smitten by the Begum, schemes with Babban to live off her inheritance once he wins her over. But to complicate affairs of the heart and estate, there's the nouveau riche gangster Jaan Mohammed (Vijay Raaz), who's desperate to buy some respectability by marrying the Begum and becoming a nawab.

The film's crackling humor, set to Bhardwaj's terrific dialogues, is its biggest strength. From laugh-out-loud punch-lines to cheeky repartee, Dedh Ishqiya has some of the most inspired writing you've seen on screen recently. In one of the movie's best scenes, a stand-off between two factions that has lasted all night is interrupted by the shrill notes of a school assembly singing Hum ko mann ki shakti dena. Touche!

Gorgeously shot, crisply edited, and handsomely mounted, large portions of the film are evocative of a nawabi culture and lifestyle alas seldom seen in the movies now. As with Ishqiya, Bhardwaj's lilting music adds character to the film, even without the presence of a 'hit' number like Dil toh bacha hai ji or Ibn batuta.

Against this backdrop, Chaubey and his writers set up a story that packs in everything from a kidnapping plot and a love triangle to a violent shootout. But it's a tad indulgent; no wonder the film feels stretched in parts, dragging where it should've moved briskly.

It's Naseeruddin Shah's character that suffers from these lagging portions, coming off almost tired in some scenes, yet convincingly earnest in others. Once the plot thickens, Khalujaan's chemistry with Babban is potent. Arshad is particularly brilliant, pulling off nave and smooth with equal ease. Madhuri Dixit is heartfelt as the vulnerable, stunning widow, and yet, as you peel the layers, you have to applaud her sheer bravura. She's offset by a fierce Huma, playing Muniya with such a sharp tongue and firecracker energy.

The unforgettable performance is from Vijay Raaz, consummately comical as the blundering, loutish gangster.

Dedh Ishqiya gives the UP badlands a light cloak of humor and, to the viewer - we're happy to note - a bold reveal that is more suggested than emphasized. The twist in the tale is one you can spot from a mile away, but it's nicely done.

I'm going with four out of five for director Abhishek Chaubey's Dedh Ishqiya. Like heady wine, it delivers a welcome kick.

Rating: 4 / 5

 

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so much praise for Madhuri...I'm really happy for her!Smile always thought she is a very good actress...just that her dance overpowers everything and people end up talking about that most of the time! I'm glad people are talking about her acting in this movie! 
well done!

and so fantastic reviews for the movie! looking forward to watch this one! 


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I hope the film picks up today. All of them have given an amazing rating for the movie.

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Dedh Ishqiya Day One Business

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Despit good reviews and hit prequel Dedh Ishqiya failed to create impression on day one.. Movie collected 2.75cr approx on first day from 1100 screens approx. movie recorded dull collections every where, circuit like Mumbai failed to cross 1cr barrier on day one while Dehli/UP were decent considering  Mumbai collections but it too recorded mere 70lacs approx on Day One..

With such low start movie must show huge growth on Saturday to ensure decent Weekend. With good cast and Hit prequel such opening is very disappointing..

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Originally posted by F.M.D.

Originally posted by JodhaBai

Madhuri's not being too appreciated for her performance.

Perhaps a little rusty from her time away?

where you get that from? all reviews and public responses are full of praises.


Not all are.

Madhuri brings grace and elegance to her portrayal but if we were to compare her with Vidya Balan in Ishqiya', the latter emerges a clear winner. The ruthlessness that Vidya is capable of is just not becoming of Madhuri. - Yahoo

Arshad once again delivers in style after last week's JOE B CARVALHO, setting off from where he left off in ISHQIYA. Ditto Naseeruddin Shah. Huma Qureshi does a fair job of replacing Vidya Balan who was super terrific in the first instalment. Madhuri Dixit gets to showcase her dancing skills and Vijay Raaz his versatility. - Glamsham

And then there is Madhuri who imparts a somewhat faded beauty to the Begum. In her pink chiffon she is a princess but in the heavy brocade outfits with her hair in tumbling curls there is a subdued sense of sadness and regret. I don't know if that was the intent but it's the effect and I don't know why I was a bit disappointed. She does get two dances, which were a pleasure to watch. - DesiMartini

For a moment it looks like Madhuri Dixit is struggling but then is it possible that in our minds do not allow us to see her as anyone else but Madhuri Dixit? - Mumbai Mirror

With her pale visage and haunted eyes Madhuri Dixit looks stunning and has a couple of superb scenes with Naseer, but doesn't have the magnetic screen presence of her former self. The fact that she plays a formerly beautiful and popular star makes her casting and performance kind of meta. - Mihir Fadnavis

Neither Madhuri Dixit nor Huma Qureshi bring what it needs to be just right for this film: the former is still a dancer non pareil, and her pirouettes are pure poetry, but both her director and she get stuck in making her look lovely, and it doesn't help that her zubaan' doesn't match the milieu. - Indian Express
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Critics have given 3-4* to #DedhIshqiya n public given 0. Critics given 0-1* to #Yaariyan n public has given superb opening. Critics ki leli

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