Movie Review: Dedh Ishqiya

A movie after 4 months. I had almost forgotten what it felt like stepping into a movie theatre.

Dedh Ishqiya

With a weird but funny name like ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ (sequel to Ishqiya in 2009), one would expect something zany and out of the box.  Well, it doesn’t disappoint much. With an experienced and stellar star cast like Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi, you know you will get more than your money’s worth.

The uncle-nephew duo, khalujaan-Babban, is on the run after a robbery. They find themselves in a small and sleepy town of Mahmudabad where the widowed Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) has organized a 3-day festival of Urdu poetry recitation. Urdu poets from nearby towns and cities come over to participate in it. The reward is unique. The poet who impresses the Begum will get to marry her and be the Nawab of Mahmudabad. No prizes to guess here. Our khalujaan aka Iftekhar Hussain is in the race and almost winning. Another strong contender is the powerful and dangerous local MLA Mr. Jaan Muhammad (Vijay Raaz). Looks like Begum Para has almost decided who her betrothed will be. But things are not as they appear. Everybody’s wearing a mask here and the viewer is left to guess who is using who. After a lot of twists and turns, the truth comes out. And in a bizarre black comedy-like ending, the film comes to an end.

Watching Madhuri after more than a decade is a special treat. A good actor doesn’t lose her touch just because she stops acting. Naseeruddin Shah as the lout and the madly-in-love Urdu reciting poet steals our heart. Arshad Warsi with his natural dialogue delivery endears us. He’s a director’s man; I don’t know why he wastes himself in films like Joe B Carvalho which has nothing to offer him or the audience. Huma Qureshi is impressive. And not to forget Vijay Raaz with his perfect comic timing who steals the show.

The film started with a bang. But lost the fervor somewhere in middle with stretched scenes, unnecessary dance sequences (just because they wanted to show Madhuri dancing) and songs. All the characters were neatly defined and were impeccable. The dialogues were beautiful and funny (there is extensive use of foul language though); and the poetry soul-stirring. The film could have done well with a few edits. The film may not be in the same league as the original Ishqiya where the bold and sexy Vidya Balan woos us all, but it still showcases the grace and charm of Madhuri Dixit.

My verdict: Watch it for it will surely make you grab a book of Urdu poetry.

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani


The moment I had seen Ranbir Kappor in the foot-tapping number ‘Badtameez dil’ on the TV, I had decided to catch this movie ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ on the big screen, come what may. Keeping true to the promise, after a hiatus of more than 3 months we braved ourselves for watching the movie in a theatre with little Aanya.




The film opens with three best friends, from the backbenching days of the school, travelling to Manali on a trekking camp. Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) is a bold tomboy, Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) is not at all serious towards life and spends time in chasing girls, drinking and betting while Bunny aka Kabir Thapar (Ranbir Kapoor) is charming who flirts outrageously. Bunny is also the one who chases his dreams and doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage, as he believes; it is the same boring ‘dal-chawal’ to be eaten for the next fifty years. The last minute inclusion in their journey is the ever studious Naina (Deepika Padukone) who has always stood first in the class and never done anything in her life that a good girl isn’t supposed to do. But this time around she throws caution to the winds and embarks on this journey with people she hardly knows. Their trekking trip is a memorable affair with much masti, gana-bajana and flirting.

Eight years later, it’s Aditi’s wedding! It’s a big fat Indian ‘destination’ wedding at Udaipur, the city of palaces; frills and thrills included. This wedding also serves as kind of a reunion for the long-lost friends. Naina is a doctor now, Bunny a high-flying photo journalist while Avi is a drunk and loser. Amidst the usual ‘sangeet’ and wedding preparations, Bunny realizes that he has fallen for Naina. But one question looms large before him: can he sacrifice his globe-trotting career to settle down in a marriage to the same person for the next fifty years?

The first half is tight and funny while the second half not able to keep up with the same pace loses much of its sheen. The music in the film is quite exceptional; especially ‘badtameez dil’ is a peppy song and you feel like getting up from your seat and shaking a leg or two. Kashmir, Paris and Udaipur are and look beautiful. The characterization of Bunny is a little flawed; at one point he is looking at the flowing Seine and remarking ‘main waqt ko guzarte hue dekh raha hoon’ while a little while later, Naina asks Bunny to stop hankering after everything in the world and to sit back and enjoy the moment.

Ranbir Kapoor is the ‘jaan’ of the film. His joie de vivre is infectious and dance unbeatable. Deepika Padukone looks stunning even in bespectacled mode. She is also becoming a better actor with each film. Kalki Koechlin is good and supports the film well while Aditya Roy Kapoor fails to make much of an impression. Farooque Sheikh as Bunny’s father is sad and wise who can’t see any fault in his son. Though he has only a couple of scenes in the film, the veteran actor leaves his imprint on the viewers. Madhuri Dixit’s dance number ‘ghaghra’ simply reinforces the fact that there is still no better dancer in the industry. Age has added an air of graceful insouciance to the actress that shows in her dance too. Ayan Mukherjee seemed to have been carried away a little; the film could have done a lot better with a tighter script.

What I took from the film was:

Though it’s the time that tickles away, we are the ones who actually get spent.

Verdict: Watch this film once and let yourself fall in love with the charming Ranbir.