Ishqiya (2010) *HQ*

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Ishqiya is a zany little black comedy that may be completely desi in its idiom, its lingo, its landscape.Yet, when it comes to drama, it is totally Hollywood.Debutant director Abhishek Chaubey tells his story with a panache that falters only in the end.

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi

Ironically, if he hadn’t faltered in winding up this delectable little tale of a wicked trio, with nothing to lose not even their morals –he would have created a masterpiece.But the last few reels are so much of a rumble-tumble, they leave you both confused and somewhat dissatisfied.

Seeking its spirit from the 1969 Hollywood classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and having a soul of its own, Ishqiya is the story of two rouges Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) who are evading their boss Mushtaq (Salman Shahid). Nowhere to go, they seek refuge in a friend’s house and instead meet his widow Krishna (Vidya Balan). Slowly and steadily both Babban and Khalujaan are attracted towards Krishna who uses her feminine charm to seduce them singly and slyly. Together the trio plan to kidnap an industrialist (Rajesh Sharma) for ransom but there’s more to the conspiracy theory.

Ihqiya excels in narrating a saucy story and, unlike Kaminey , doesn’t gets complicated or convoluted in its storytelling. Director Abhishek Chaubey has a fresh, flirty and frivolous approach to filmmaking. The spellbinding screenplay written by Abhishek Chaubey, Vishal Bhardwaj and Sabrina Dhawan, despite being multidimensional, touches the subplots only peripherally and doesn’t delve into the past beyond the needful. So there are no elaborate background accounts for any of the three leads and you don’t wish to learn more about them either.

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