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Movie Review: Issaq


MONOJIT LAHIRI | New Delhi, August 2, 2013 15:07
Tags : Issaq | Prateik Babbar | Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare |

Love is indeed a many-splendored thing and no one knew it better than Shri Shakespeare!  His deathless, iconic template, Romeo and  Juliet [like our desi jodis Laila-Majnu and Heer Ranjha] has been done to death across the globe in every language imaginable because it lends itself to the idea of passionate, immortal love between star-crossed lovers who defied the world and bonded, in life… and death.  Irresistible in their premise for every hard core romantic, movies on this theme – Ishaqzaade – has and will happen. The latest is Issaq from the maker of Dil, Dosti, Etc., Manish Tiwary with Prateek Babbar and newbie Amyra Dastur portraying the legendary lovers.

Set in Varanasi, Rahul [Romeo] a strapping young dude [with a glad-eye and yen for guns] has his eyes on Bacchi [Juliet] a girl with a mind of her own.  Tiwary uses the Varanasi backdrop, interestingly ablaze with local colour and heartland truths but faults in inserting socio-political content.  He doesn’t seem either knowledgeable or persuasive here and this weighs the film down.  Also, at times the holy city looks a little too cosmetic clashing with the rustic milieu and feel.

Director: Manish Tiwary

Cast: Prateik Babbar, Amyra Dastur, Ravi Kishan, Makarand Deshpande, Prashant Narayanan


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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017