Ishqiya Movie Review

Ishqiya is about two thieves Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) and a forgotten widow Krishna (Vidya Balan). The two, after double-crossing their boss Mushtaq bhai for money, look for a hide-out to save their lives from their merciless boss. After trying their luck everywhere, they end up at a friend’s place in Gorakhpur only to find out that he is dead. However, his widow Krishna offers them to stay until they make all arrangements to leave the country.

However, Mushtaqbhai soon lands up there and threatens to kill all three if he does not get his money within the allocated time. Complications increase as Khalujaan falls head over heels in love with Krishna, while the Babban starts lusting after her, falling in love with her eventually, too. Krishna takes up a different act soon after leading to more complications. Who gets Krishna? Do all three manage to save their lives? Watch to find out.

Ishqiya Review

It would be unfair to compare Ishqiya with Omkara, for besides cosmetic resemblance, Ishqiya has a soul that is unique, edgy and riveting. The film is a rustic tale of an unusual love triangle, lust, deceit with a backdrop of crime. Filled with witty and saucy dialogues, it is a movie that is high on spirit, drama, romance, thrill and is very very foxy (Definitely not for anyone under 18).

Agreed, Ishqiya has a Vishal Bharadwaj feel to it, but débutante director Abhishek Chaubey is equally talented in creating an intriguing tale that has a reflection on his own and marks his credibility. Ishqiya gets to the act right from the first beginning. Although it takes us a while to get used to the dusty – rustic feel and lingo of the movie, the flavor is mostly urban, light-hearted and comical that doesn’t demand a lot of effort to understand. It has multi-layers of emotions and drama attached but it does not divulge too much into anything beyond needful. Be it the character introduction or the past to which they belong or sub-plots of gang-formation and kidnapping, it’s all in tone with the central plot and does not deviate much. Bharadwaj’s dialogues and music is outstanding. The dialogues are extremely effective and high on wits. Some simple yet classic lines that’s worth a mention are: “is duniya sab se gehri dushmani miya-biwi ke beech hai”, ” aap ka ishq ishq hai aur mera ishq sex”. Every song is a treat, especially ‘Dil Toh Bachcha Hai’ and “Badi dheere jali naina”. Its not the story but the dialogues, the sinless performance and to an extent the story-telling that has made all the difference.

Ishqiya is not without it’s share of flaws. The story definitely needs some patching and clarity of thought. Although the character portrayed are very impulsive and energetic, the pace is an hindrance. The first half especially was a drag. Chaubey’s effort is commendable, but the narration at times was inconsistent and the twist towards the end seemed a little far fetched.

Some scenes to look forward too:

1. The passionate lip-lock and lovemaking sequence between Arshad and Vidya has been dexterously captured.

2. Confrontation scene towards the climax between Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi.

3. Naseer’s expressions throughout the Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji song.

Flaw-less performance by its ensemble cast is what works highly for Ishqiya. Naseeruddin Shah yet again delivers an impeccable performance. He gets into the feel of Khalujaan’s character and emotes more through his eyes and mannerisms. In scenes where he looks at Krishna longingly, he makes you smile and at the same time pity his condition.

Arshad Warsi is a delight to watch. He gets the meatier role which he performs with full justice. He shares great chemistry with Naseer and his interactions with the village lad Nandu too is hilarious.

Vidya Balan surprises yet again. She portrays the most complex character and pulls it of with ease, brilliance and simplicity. Kudos to her stylist, for she looks absolutely gorgeous and irresistibly sexy  although covered from head to toe.

Overall, Ishqiya is an unique tale packed with powerful performances. But before you decide to go watch the film, be aware that it is not for everyone. Those seeking high on entertainment films would probably be terribly disappointed.

At the box office, such films rarely open to huge numbers and the lack of mass appeal too would restrict its prospects.

Rating: ★★★½☆


  • hey maine abhi 1 ghante pehle hi movie dekha hai,and i feel its a great movie…awesome acting,awesome story,awesome songs(especially dil to baccha and iban btuta),awesome dialogues and awesome direction as well……vidya balan is looking so beautiful and sexy as well…..kissing seen between arsad and vidya is so beautiful….agar acchi movie pasand ho to sabhi jarur dekhna nahi to ghar par baitho….and if you r from U.P(specially from gorakhpur) tab to abhi jao aur movie dekho i’m sure sab enjoy karoge….ha kuch dialogue cheep lag sakte hai….

  • this is one of a hell of boring and annpying movie only deserve 1-1.5 stars due to Nassesuddiin,otherwise this is just like a TV movie not a theater movie

  • Akhlaq Bhai
    itna acha aur decent review dena kaha se seekha ???
    keep it up i find ur reviews batter than me and indicine.

  • hey Akhlaq…..your review is awesome man…..maine kai review padhe hai but this one is best among them,bahut kam lines me wo sab kuch keh diya jo kai 100 lines me nahi keh pate…..keep it up…..

  • i watched ishqiya morning show, movie is good, both arshad warsi and nasenudin shah were gr88, story is also good……………………

    and music is very nice, loved music…………………..

  • May be i like more entertainment type of movie but even if i was critics, What the hell is this movie???
    I will explain in below my review

    Positive aspect:
    1>Lead character(Vidya,N.Shah and Arshad Warsi ) was good.Movie clearly show good chemistry between three
    2>Music(Dil to bachha hai ji) was good.
    3>Love making scene between arshad n vidya was good

    1>How many time same type of movie has came.It was similar type of movie where 2 guys trying to be free from the people who r searching for them,goes to village …fall in love with girl…Girl problem with husband and ending was how stupid
    2>Donot expect it to be kaminey .Even kaminey was way way way ahead of this movie.
    3>What the hell was ending???The person who makes them pay for their life for money and give them last chance and at end it was just puzzled

    Overall,it is not an watchable movie ,just waste of money!!!Rise up Critics ,movie where nothing is good they r given more rating ,i find it more funny!!! So Critics is public…And if u want good movie,watch KAMINEY instead of this one

    IF you want to watch it,just watch for 3 main lead ,good performance. I even donot know wht to review more for tht stupid movie

    Rating:1.5/5(.5 for vidya,.5 for Arshad and .5 for N.Shah)

  • You are absolutely right, the critic gave such a high rating coz they think foul langauage, A certificate movies and obscenity are the main ingredient of good cinema, other than that nothing in this movie.

  • @ Nauman bhayee & Radhe Bhayee.

    May Allah bless you both for giving such encouraging comments on my review. Nauman Bhayee, this is where I get the courage to write…encouragement by brothers like both of you.

    Thanks a lot to both of u for your compliments. they mean so much to me.

    @ Nauman.

    Bhayee plz tell the name of the website where u r getting your reviews posted now.

  • Akhlaq Bhai
    i cant announce the name of that site because it is not ready yet.
    it is on net and u can open it , but still not enough to announce its name.
    i am hopefull it will be ready before MNIK releasing.
    and i need ur good suggestions abt that site.
    plz add me in yahoo or msn

  • Rajib Halder
    this is not Veer’s page this is Ishqiya’s page.
    so please put this verdict of Veer on Veer’s page
    Ishqiya is getting good business .it is abt 9-10 cr in 1st weekend.

  • @ Nauman, what u meant by ur above comments. U keep on maintaining that u like Salman, But u r always against him. Such a Hypocrite & Fake Person. huh !!!

  • @Rooksana, I said it may not have been the BIG HIT now it is. Read the post carefully.

    3 IDIOTS would have been a HIT at end of day even without favourable reviews, But Would not Have Earned 192 cr nett.

    It would have finished Under 100 crores, if the reviews were not that gr8.

  • Vicky
    that msg was only for Rajib Halder. not for any other person.
    he thinks that only Veer is super hit and all other movies are flop.

    i m sorry if u felt bad .
    but it is true that Veer cant be flop , minimum avg and maximum semi hit.
    so just chill
    veer is in safe zone.

  • Nauman, then target him dude, y targeting VEER.

    Yes at min VEER will be AVG. , at max Semi-hit.

    At max. lifetime will be 50cr-52cr nett.

    At min. lifetime will be 45-50 cr. nett

  • Anyways, i have watched Ishqiya. I Always rate a Movie as an Audience, not as Critic.

    Though all critics have gone gaga over it, it could have been better if the Climax was good.

    I rate it 2.5/5.

    Again, Ishqiya is over rated.

  • ishiqiya is agood movie. must watch for good cinema lover.
    rann is also superb.
    ishiqiya is going to be 1st sucess of 2010.

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