Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Vijay Raaz, Huma Qureshi, Manoj Pahwa, Ravi
2 hours 33 minutes
इश्किया ) is definitely a movie with actors, Urdu dialogues, editing,
cinematography, sets, costumes of class. Madhuri Dixit looks gorgeous and
radiant as widowed Begum Para Jaan and one can’t take eyes off her when she is
on screen. Huma Qureshi as Muniya stands at par with her effortless performance.
Combination of small time thieves Khalujan alias Ifthekhar (Naseeruddin Shah)
and Babban alias Razzaakh Hussain (Arshad Warsi) is great with their banter,
blame-games and all. They con a jewellery store owner and flee with an
expensive necklace. Ifthekhar walks into the swayamwar of Begum. His pretense
as poetry-spouting nawab to woo Begum is played with ease. Babban is full of
energy and very natural in his attempt to woo Muniya. Unrelenting Jaan Mohammad
is exemplarily played by Vijay Raaz. His efforts to learn Shero-Shayari and to
understand the ‘Matla’ raises laughter. Manoj Pahwa as the poet in captivity
and Salman Shahid as an eccentric gang-lord do complete justice to their roles.
are sharp. Urdu sounds so good. It is a complete visual treat to watch Madhuri
dance to Pandit Birju Maharaj’s choreography. Music is more of classical based
and different. Poetries are fabulous. The plot has been developed with great
intensity. Storytelling has been done with great finesse.
enthralling than Ishqiya. It is a must watch for people who enjoyed Ishqiya.