Manish Tiwari's Issaq fails to create the Romeo-Juliet magic. The movie has many loopholes and the soul is completely missing. We would suggest you to skip this one as it's almost a torture to sit and watch it for two hours.
Love stories set in Benaras have worked in the recent past (Raanjhanaa) and Shakespeare’s timeless love story ‘Romeo and Juliet’ needs no introduction. However Manish Tiwary's 'Issaq' neither narrates a grand love story nor adequately captures the beauty of the holy city.
Hindi cinema has attempted to adapt the Romeo-Juliet saga many times before, but sadly ‘Issaq’ fails to recreate the magic. We wouldn't recommend this version to you.
Tiwary's earlier film, Dil Dosti Etc, which was situated in Delhi University, showed he had a sense of place, and an ear for smart dialogue. Issaq sounds like so many of the other recent UP-as-badlands films, without a singular voice of its own. Finally, it drowns in its own noise.
Manish Tiwary's Issaq attempts a giant leap from Verona to Varanasi and falls with a thud between two completely mismatched stools.
All that Issaq manages to be, despite all the sparkling compositions that the cinematographer strings together, is an unconvincing story of ill-fated love. It is not at all easy to sit through.