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Dedh Ishqiya


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ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | New Delhi, January 17, 2014 13:23
Tags : Dedh Ishqiya |Madhuri Dixit |Huma Qureshi |Naseeruddin Shah |Arshad Warsi |Vijay Raaz |Abhishek Chaubey |
Films like these prove that Bollywood can make movies which are great once in a while. Its a pity that movies like these don't make a lot of money. This is what they teach you at film schools: great character development, good story line, great cinematography peppered by dialogues which are witty, funny and sounds like they have written by someone who has put quite a bit of thought into it.
Produced by Vishal Bharadwaj and directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Dedh Ishqiya manages to one up its predecessor, Ishqiya. Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi are back as the thief duo, Khalujan and Babban. Posing as Nawabs, they steal a necklace from a jewellery shop. Getting separated in the police chase, they later reunite at a mushaira, a poetry competition, where Khalujan is trying to win the hand of the Begum of Mahudabad, Para, played by the returning star, Madhuri Dixit.
A few words must be said about her return and yes she indeed has chosen perhaps the perfect film for her comeback. The way she has played out her character makes you think she had been acting all along and not returning after a 7 year hiatus. The role of a begum in all her regal elegance suits perfectly the dancing queen and her age (46, don’t mind me mentioning it) brings a certain maturity which makes her character utterly believable.
The turning point about this film is the plot’s turning points. Without getting into spoilers, this is what a good script looks like. By the time you get what the film is all about, you are already invested in the plot the film was running along since the beginning. In short, yes, there are twists to this film, and done extremely well.
It is rare to see good camera work and cinematography in a Bollywood film. But Dedh Ishqiya has plenty of those. From misty doors to low camera angles, the film is a visual treat. Talking about treats, there are a lot of tricks as well in the film. From taking some lines literally, like a scene where there is a face-off which begins at night with Babban commenting that he can keep it up all night. The next scene is in the morning and they are precisely in the same face-off… Things like these make a movie shine.
Overall, Dedh Ishqiya is one of the best films of 2014 (even though we have just started) and hopefully such films will earn more in the future to help Bollywood come of age. After all Bollywood still isn't dedh saal ka…

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Cast: Madhuri Dixit,Huma Qureshi,Naseeruddin Shah,Arshad Warsi,Vijay Raaz


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