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khamosshhh IF-Sizzlerz

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Can't wait to watch the movie, though it's gonna be a long wait.Cry

But am so happy with the fantastic reviews and ratings the movie is getting nd in her heydays Madz was no less, but in fact better than d Khans and she proves it again even now. Hope it aceives commercial success, coz den more ppl would go in for the extremely talented female actors of the 90s, instead of only their male counterparts.

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Dedh Ishqiya review: Why Madhuri, Naseer outshine Ishqiya in its sequel

by Mihir Fadnavis Jan 10, 2014

#Abhishek Chaubey #Arshad Warsi #Bollywood #Dedh Ishqiya #Madhuri Dixit #Movie review #Naseerudin Shah #Vishal Bharaqwaj


Ask people about Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya and they'll mention the songs Ibn-e-batuta and Dil toh bachcha hai ji. If there is one problem with the brilliant sequel Dedh Ishqiya, then it is that there are no hit' songs (even though Vishal Bharadwaj's music works really well in the film). But if there was ever a Bollywood film that deserves to make hundreds of crores, it's this one. Dedh Ishqiya is a hundred times better than part one.

If you were worried that director and co-writer Abhishek Chaubey and Vishal Bharadwaj (producer, co-writer, dialogue writer and music director) had exhausted their supply of sardonic dialogues in the first film, relax. Dedh Ishqiya outdoes the first film in wit and intelligence. Few filmmakers have the ability to deliver dark and nuanced humour with such confidence, and the Chaubey-Bharadwaj team has scored with this deeply awesome instalment.

A still from Dedh Ishqiya.

A still from Dedh Ishqiya.

At face value, Dedh Ishqiya is about a necklace, a rich widow and the two criminals who want to own both. Fittingly for a story about conmen, the film is full of secrets, subtexts, satire and homages. But first and foremost, Dedh Ishqiya is a very entertaining movie. It's got a generous doses of cinematic comedy, a terrific special-effect-aided romance between Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit, a superb villain and more.

The story picks up an indefinite amount of time after the events of the first movie. Babban (Arshad Warsi) and Khalujan (Shah) continue to con their way through life in the hinterland and evade being buried alive by their former boss, Mushtaq (Salman Shahid). After a heist goes wrong, the duo chance upon the ultimate con: 'settling down' in a gigantic, nawabi palace occupied by the ridiculously rich Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit-Nene) and her companion Munniya (Huma Qureshi).

Trouble brews and hilarity ensues when the villain Nawab Jaan Mohammad (Vijay Raaz) decides to contest Khalu for Begum's hand over rounds of shayari and target shooting. As the film goes through its myriad twists and turns, the secondary characters follow their own individual arcs, making Dedh Ishqiya teem with intrigue and, of course, confusion. Begum Para's stunning and labyrinthine palace complements the story with its many layers wonderfully. Setu's elegant cinematography, while giving your retinas a spa massage, also plays on the idea of layers visually. And so, for example, when we see the gathered audience for the shayari contest, we see them from the top, through a net of bulbs that serve to both illuminate and obscure. There's a scene in which Setu's use of shadow play that will haunt your dreams for days.

Much of the film's humour is dry and sarcastic, with deliciously acidic irony. There are deconstructions of Mexican standoffs juxtaposed to songs with stinging, poignant lyrics. The shayari contest between Khalu and Jaan Mohammad is itself worth the price of admission. The genius of Dedh Ishqiya lies in the details. Just after Shah and Dixit-Nene wax eloquent about Ghalib and Lihaaf, a shot shows a bar with the signboard Bhayankar Chilled Beer' and Shah's knocking back country liquor. The climax of the film takes place at a railway station called Bap'. Hilarious nuances like these are scattered generously all through the film.

Shah and Warsi are a classic onscreen couple: they bicker, fight, dupe each other, but ultimately can't do without each other. Babban and Khalu are funny guys with a moral compass that always points towards immorality, and Shah and Warsi portray them delightfully, with a refreshing lack of apology. This time Shah's Khalu loses his faux youthful mehendi-dyed beard but gains a tint of vulnerability as he pursues Begum Para. Matching him punchline for punchline is Warsi, who is hilarious but also able to reveal a darker side when he shows Babban to be a superficial romantic who doesn't hesitate to manhandle and slap his current beloved when he feels betrayed. Warsi should really do more films like this one instead of last week's unmentionable dud.

As Begum Para, Dixit-Nene looks stunning and has a few superb scenes with Shah, but doesn't have the magnetic screen presence she used to have. It's still great to see her back on the big screen in a really good film. Qureshi yet again plays a woman wearing an invisible Don't mess mess with me' sign, and she seems to have perfected that style here. It's nice to see that she's getting better and more wide ranging with every film. Manoj Pahwa in a small but significant role is terrific. Bringing down the house is Vijay Raaz, who is delightfully scummy and who teases every comic as well as menacing possibility out of Jaan Mohammed's character. It is frustrating that he doesn't appear in more movies.

In short, Dedh Ishqiya is smarter, funnier, richer and way more gorgeous than its predecessor. If you're a fan of clever lines with terrific actors, great writing, masterful direction and Urdu poetry, Dedh Ishqiya hits your sweet spot. If you don't really give a damn about any of this and just want a fun time at the movies, Dedh Ishqiya is perhaps the most hilarious thriller Bollywood has produced.

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Outstanding reviews...hopefully good wom will carry the movie at box office
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I loved the first one!!

Can't wait to watch this one!! Big smile

Mads will be PERFECT. Star

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Dedh Ishqiya Review

January 10th, 2014 by Mohar Basu
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Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four Stars)

Star cast: Arshad WarsiNaseeruddin Shah,Madhuri DixitHuma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

What's Good: The finely told story with a fiery screenplay and a consistent higher ranks of acting exhibited by each performer are the primary pluses. Amongst the secondary ones is the harmonious crooning, the crackling dialogues and most importantly Madhuri's breathtaking dance moves.

What's Bad: As critics there's hardly ever a film we can call flawless; but it would be a crime to point out any in this one.

Loo break: None at all.

Watch or Not?: Despite the name, the film has nothing in half measures about it. It is a decadent masterpiece and a wholesome entertainer with streaks of romance, comedy, poetry and social commentary making it a fulfilling treat. Abhishek Chaubey topples the standards he set by his last film Ishqiya and delivers a more intricate and more pioneering work of outright genius. In myriad waysDedh Ishqiya is notches higher than its predecessor and the most gluing factors in this one are its narrative and performances. If you can rise above the populist strains of cinema, Dedh Ishqiyareserves for you a deeply satisfying and enormously enjoyable film.

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In the small princely state of Mahamudabad, the widow Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) organizes the annual Mushaira every year in memory of her dead husband, the deceased Nawab of the region. The late Nawab's last wish was that the Begum remarries a poet. Hopeful that finds a suitable man to replace the Nawab, she is looking for a man for herself. To her aide is her confidante Muniya (Huma Qureshi) who helps her choose between the sly Jaan Muhammad (Vijay Raaz) and the romantic Iftekhar (Nasseruddin Shah). Amidst all the love and war surrounding it, Babban (Arshad) is smitten by Muniya.

Where do these love stories head? Or it  will be another story of betrayal.

Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit in a still from Dedh Ishqiya

Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit in a still from Dedh Ishqiya

Dedh Ishqiya Review: Script Analysis

What had worked the best for Ishqiya was its performances and the writing. The same remains the highlight point for Dedh Ishqiya as well. The film's story is remarkably laced with confident wit and fantastic performances. The film rolls briskly from the word go and compared to the last editions, the breathers and glitches are fewer in number, much to the credit of its writers. The writers have done an excellent job in enmeshing all key ingredients of a great film and lucidly written this fast paced comic thriller. Dedh Ishqiya could easily mark the beginning of another nouvelle vague period in Indian cinema but then again that would be a delusional statement to make, understanding the limitations of commercial Bollywood films.

The film is stylishly written, entrapping the essential milieu of an old world charm, rustic, brutal and elegant. The story of Darab Farooqui has been well rendered by the brilliant cast to harbor the intrinsic essence of it with panache. Bashir Badr's couplets have come to great use in giving the film a strong footing with audiences who can fathom them.

The film's script is not shallow which is reflective from the fact that characters like Jaan Mohammad haven't been treated lightly. He for me, was the film's most fun character. Kidnapping a poet and many of his antics were indicative of crisp humor that essentially made Dedh Ishqiya so endearing.

The constant bantering between Khalujaan and Babban is great but one thing which stole my heart away was the chemistry between Muniya and Begum. They often steal the show from the men and make us have a gala time with them alone. For such instances and more like the story's energy, wit, enthusiasm, passion and the gripping quality makes it quite unmatchable.

Dedh Ishqiya Review: Star Performances

Madhuri Dixit Nene is gorgeous and unlike most actresses of this era, the criteria to become an actress required a lot more than just a pretty face. Besides the dancing which makes her the diva she is, I doubt anyone can replicate her 'Iftikhar' with as much alluring seduction as she did. Now this was indeed her comeback film as the actress said it more emphatically than ever, that she can still give the younger guns and the reigning super actresses a run for their money. *take a bow*

Nasseeruddin Shah in the last few roles was nothing like himself. The charm of watching his realistic rendering was completely absent in all his stints of 2013. But in Dedh Ishqiya he is back with the same flair that elevates him above the rest of the crowd.

Arshad Warsi is enigmatic and gives the plot the entertaining element. Though the focus never leaves Nasseeruddin and Madhuri's chemistry, the narrative is such that Arshad manages to score every time he is on screen.

Huma Qureshi is brilliant and confident. The actress has in her the vivacious energy that proves her talent.

A special mention for Vijay Raaz who is impeccable, sly and manages to evoke laughs without testing your intelligence.

Dedh Ishqiya Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay

Abhishek Chaubey's direction is rightly effective. Only 2 films old and the filmmaker knows the right chords to hit with his films. To conjure up such a perfect recipe is tough but Chaubey doesn't shirk from trying his hand at different genres and making an optimum concoction with Dedh Ishqiya. There are so many perfect scenes which just exhibits Chaubey's imaginative vein so well.

There is a scene when Khalujaan and Babban are holding guns up to a group of hostile men. Neither groups give up and next morning they are yawning and still holding their guns. The best thing about the film is that it gives you not a single slack moment despite painting a world very surreal.

The music is quaint and beautiful. Every drip of it is magical poetry and so succulent that you can't have enough of it. The film's cinematography is picturesque, recreating the feudal set up with such poise is rare.

Dedh Ishqiya Review: The Last Word

Dedh Ishqiya is a sexy film. Mystically poignant, grippingly lucid, dark, subtle and so invigorating-ly well performed. It's not everyday that you stumble upon near perfect films which entertain you so enthralling-ly. I am going with a 4/5. This movie was worth every buck and there should be no reason to miss this film.

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Dedh Ishqiya Review

Ishqiya which released back in 2010 was like a breath of fresh air. It gave us the delightful on screen pair of Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, and presented a film that showcased the raw hinterland of Hindi India. It had funny dialogues and a tehzeeb that most Hindi cinemagoers are not used to anymore. But a sequel of Ishqiya? Sounded like dicey territory when it was first announced as most of us thought that the makers were just trying to cash in on the success of the first film. Does Dedh Ishqiya end up as just another run of the mill sequel or does it rise above its prequel? Let's dissect.

Story: Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) are still conmen in the Hindi heartland. They dupe their former boss and go their separate ways. Khalujaan ends up at a place called Mahmudabad in Uttar Pradesh to woo the widowed queen of the local palace - Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit-Nene). She is always accompanied by her assistant-cum-chauffer Munira (Huma Qureshi). Begum Para is going to remarry and has organised a Swayamvar to choose her new husband. The local MLA Jaan Mohammed (Vijay Raaz) throws his hat into the game and a funny game of thrones type of a situation between Khalujaan and him ensues over poetry. In the meantime Babban has also joined Khalujaan in their new place (or place!) of conning. The plot then moves forward with various new twists and turns and finally climaxes in a very good set-piece which is both hilarious and thrilling.

Dedh Ishqiya
Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review

Screenplay and Direction: Vishal Bharadwaj and Abhishek Chaubey clearly know their work very well and make a very good team. The screenplay co-written by the two works a lot like a Mickey Mouse cartoon but set in the world of Nawabs and Palaces. Dedh Ishqiya never meanders from its point mainly because of the astute writing they imbibe into the script - filling it with crazy situations and aching dark humour. Abhishek Chaubey directs the film with a firmness in his vision and inspite of the film boasting of a rather tangential screenplay, Dedh Ishqiya never gets confusing and is almost always entertaining. The victory of the film probably lies in the seamless mixture of comedy and suspense.

Miscellaneous and Music: The technical aspects of Dedh Ishqiya take the film up a notch. Setu has shot Dedh Ishqiya with a lot of love and delicacy. The detailing and layering in some of the shots is astounding. Much like the poetry being spouted on screen, the camera work also carries a lot of tehzeeb. Another high point of Dedh Ishqiya is the great production design by the duo Subrata Chakrabarty and Amit Ray. Their work brings these utopian characters and settings to life. The editing is also of very good quality. The music by Vishal Bharadwaj doesn't boast of any chartbuster songs but they suit the flavour of the film just right.

Acting: Ishqiya rested firmly on the shoulders of Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan. Here too the film works because of the terrific acting of the main leads. Naseeruddin Shah doesn't have to overdo his lines to show his genius. He greatly downplays his part and still manages to give a fine performance. Madhuri is back in theatres again and it is always a delight to see her face lighting up the screens! She looks her part completely and manages to show the conniving nature of Begum Para the way only she could have. Unfortunately, her acting is not as effortless as we would have expected. Arshad Warsi takes a back seat in this sequel. He is not the focal point of the film but retains the same tenacity and mischief in his performance. His antics as Babban are hilarious. More Ishqiyas and less Joe B Carvalhos please, Arshad! Huma Qureshi keeps growing as an actor with every film. She matches all the experienced actors in the film scene for scene. Beneath that sophisticated chauffer Munira lies a bumbling con and Huma manages to capture that with aplomb. Vijay Raaz is simply fantastic in his role. It is a travesty we don't get to see more of this fabulous actor in Hindi films more often. He embodies all shades of a Hindi film villain that can be shown by any actor there is.

Conclusion: The first major release of 2013 (Dedh Ishqiya) has also set the bar particularly high for all films to arrive in the next 12 months. Dedh Ishqiya is hilarious with its poetic banter, dark humour and is also an astute thriller which manages to entertain the audiences from start to finish. Start your year with a cinematic high by watching Dedh Ishqiya.

Box Office: Dedh Ishqiya is likely to take a slow start at the box office because of the low buzz it is carrying. However, the collections are sure to improve when the good word of mouth gets out. Still, it will require the jump in business to be exceptionally high to earn a Hit' tag for itself. Expected business: 35cr to 45cr.


  • The hilarious and thrilling screenplay combine to make Dedh Ishqiya very engaging
  • The direction by Abhishek Chaubey keeps the film and its various layers together
  • The acting by the ensemble cast led by Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit-Nene
  • Vijay Raaz is a standout performer
  • The technical aspects of Dedh Ishqiya are almost flawless


  • The low key promotions don't do this great film any justice
  • Lack of chart buster songs in the soundtrack


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