- Film : Dedh Ishqiya
- Producer : Raman Maroo, Vishal Bhardwaj
- Director : Abhishek Chaubey
- Star Cast : Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz
- Music Director : Vishal Bhardwaj
- Rating :3.75
Madhuri Dixit and Naseeruddin Shah Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review and Rating
The year 2014 kicks off to a grand start, with the year’s first big release ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ hitting the marque with a bang. A sequel to the zany 2010 black comedy ‘Ishqiya’, the new fare is special for several worthy reasons — firstly, it marks the return of one of Hindi Cinema’s greatest stars of all time Madhuri Dixit on the big screen after a hiatus, and secondly, because of its ensemble of supremely talented starcast that makes this capriciously titled film measure up in most counts. Co-writer and director Abhishek Chaubey offers an impressive droll-thriller set in the hinterland where adorable rogues and unshackled tricksters enjoy a field day. Impressively ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ is, in many respects, more fascinating than ‘Ishqiya’. On the surface, both films may be in the same space, but the stories are completely different from each other.
Average Movie Rating
Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit-Nene) of Mahmudabad hosts a poetry and music festival in her mansion. The country’s best poets participate, including con-man Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah), who faking as the Nawab of Chandpur, not only tries to show off his poetic wares, but also impress the widowed Begum in hunt for a husband, preferably a poet.
Babban (Arshad Warsi) arrives in Mahmudabad to take Khalujaan back , but undergoes a change of heart no sooner he lays his eyes on Begum’s maid and confidant Muniya (Huma Qureshi), a loud and sexy young woman. Muniya too has her own plans. She often leaves the palace in a disguise to meet goons in dark alleys. The palace is rife with intrigue…
‘Dedh Ishqiya’ is shrouded in mystery. Sure, one is familiar with Khalujaan and Babban, but new characters like Begum Para and Muniya lend ambiguity and mystery to the movie. Unlike ‘Ishqiya’, which was rustic,’Dedh Ishqiya’ brings to the fore a different universe altogether. There’s plenty of poetry, music and color in the sequel, for a change. At the same time, there are several layers to the story that will baffle you and hold you to the edge of your seat till the end. Peppered with chaste Urdu, unconventional humor and simmering sexuality, the characters engage in treachery and deceit yet again, albeit this time, it’s even perilous than before.
A standing ovation to director Abhishek Chaubey for taking the story forward so convincingly and mind-blowingly. Thanks to the capricious and unpredictable screenplay, the movie marches on in mystery, leaving the audience spellbound.
Vishal Bhardwaj misses a point with his musical score. However, he does score a 10 on 10 with his witty, Urdu-peppered dialogues which is the mainstay and the spine of the film. The DoP captures the old-world charm beautifully well and the visuals are gorgeous.
Naseeruddin Shah steals the show as Khalujaan. The fine actor slips into the skin of the character, giving it all to his role and delivering a performance that will go down in history as one of his bests. Madhuri Dixit-Nene, in an unconventional role, is terrific from the start. Arshad Warsi, a spontaneous performer, wows with his stupendous act. Huma Qureshi is delightful and holds well despite being pitted against top notch actors. Another memorable performance comes from Vijay Raaz. Salman Shahid, Ravi Gosain and Manoj Pahwa add up to the brilliance of the film.
Powerpacked narration, excellent direction and out of the world performances make ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ a treat to watch. Don’t miss it for anything!
(AW: Suchorita Choudhury)
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