Sequels rarely match up the brilliance of the original film, but sometimes sequels outshine the originals. The Godfather 2 and Silence of the Lambs are solid evidences for this phenomenon. This time, it happens in an Indian film, too! Dedh Ishqiya turns out to be far better than the first film, Ishqiya.
With artistic cinematography and skillful editing, this Abhishek
Chaubey film Dedh Ishqiya packs a punch. The film has a
unique sensibility of wild West films, where death becomes just
another joke. You sit around a table and talk for sometime with the
goons and suddenly you feel somebody's remark about you is so
insulting, you drew a gun and bham! And nobody really cares about
death or the death count!
Abhishek and Vishal Bharadwaj (co-writer and producer) brings
that style of film making into a Bollywood movie, with playing
tribute to their sources of inspiration through the Mexican music
in some suspenseful yet funny scenes, reminding us of Jack Robins
and John Ford.
Abhishek Chaubey and his writers Darab Farooqui and Vishal
Bhardwaj have rightly placed their story in a north Indian rural
village dominated by Mughal palaces, which gives them the freedom
to narrate an Arabian Nights sort of a story.
Dedh Ishqiya showcases the talent of large community of
actors who should be noticed seriously by Bollywood. Even an actor,
who did small role as an assistant to Vijay Raaz's Jaan Mohammad
Khan, surprises you with his natural and apt performances. Madhuri
Dixit is, very evidently, brought in for her star factor and
director forced two unnecessary folk dance songs to please the fans
of Madhuri Dixit.
Madhuri is convincing as Begum Para, but doesn't impress you to
a great extent. Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi have become just
the character. They don't even 'play' the character, but are being
the characters. That's a difference. Actors like Naseeruddin Shah
don't grow old. He looked young, spirited and absolutely charming
in this film. It must be mentioned that all actor are given equal
importance in this film.
I think it would be a grave sin if I forget to write about the
cinematography of Dedh Ishqiya. Cinematographer Setu, who
has won great accolades for his work in Taare
Zameen Par and Kahaani, is one of the stars of
the film. You cannot often see this kind of brilliant lighting and
grading in Bollywood movies. In the scene where Babban and Khalu
are made to stand at gun point by Jaan Mohammad Khan and gang, you
can see the brilliance of the cinematography. There are no
artificial lights used in the scene, but still the actors' faces
are visible in a film-noir style. I am sure Setu used artificial
lights to lit up the faces a little bit, but the brilliance is in
hiding the sources and make it look very real.
I honesty believe this film should get a larger audience because
it is one of the rare well made movies we get in these times. A
rich blend of good humour and cinematic artistry, film literally
delivers. The film also very subtly portrays something that used to
be portrayed in a 'screaming from the rooftops' style in Indian
movies. Revealing it is not ethical for a reviewer, so you watch
the movie yourself to get that secret.
The only error in Dedh Ishqiya is that it is a film set
in rural India dealing with rural people, but reflects the
sensibility of modern world. It is solely made for the multiple
audience and the values it represents are not rural at all, instead
they cater to the torrents loving multiplex audience.
Through a good movie, it is not spared from cliches completely,
and there are many scenes that look artificial just because of
writers tried to show off. One of the scene being Huma's character
telling Arshad's Babban about the kind of food she would like to
eat in different part of the globe. Having heard those names only
once, Arshad's uneducated village thief captures the names of those
dishes and repeats the same to her in another scene. You won't
notice or care one major plot hole towards the end of the movie
because you are charmed by its design by that time.
When you blend the base spirit of Thelma and Louise into
Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster
and infuse the Wild West flavour of Ishqiya into it, you get
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Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Abhishek Chaubey deserves colossal admiration for taking the
story forward by retaining some characters and adding several new
ones. The screenplay is capricious and unpredictable, imparting a
flavor that's distinct and one you most certainly haven't
Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Ishqiya is an exceptional film that does not have to
negotiate the kind of facile crowd-pleasing narrative formulations
that most Bollywood flicks must necessarily wade through in order
to get to the Rs 200-crore mark.
Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost
Arshad Warsi delivers a crackling performance as Babban,
infusing great energy and effervescence into the film with his
role. Qureshi and Dixit-Nene don't let the men steal the show.
Director. Chaubey is two films old and compared to
Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya is far more elaborate,
complicated and ambitious.
Abhishek Chaubey's Dedh Ishqiya, true to its fractional
title, lives for those half-lines, teasing and wheedling and
coaxing its audience so that we fall in love even before the charms
of the final act are upon us.
Suhani Singh, Rediff
Here's a sequel which is totally worth the moolah. That's
because Ishqiya doesn't want to be a successful franchise,
it wants to be a good movie which keeps the viewers
Dedh Ishqiya easily races ahead of the Vidya Balan
starrer Ishqiya, as Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi
easily match the charm of leading lady Madhuri. Madhuri Dixit as
Begum Para is sheer magic.
Dedh Ishqiya can come in the category of hard hitting
films, which have left an indelible mark on Indian audience in last
couple of years. The film rides on a good story, great acting
performances, brilliant screenplay, interesting dialogues and a
twist, which will leave you awestruck.