Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Gauhar Khan.
Director: Habib Faisal
Length: 2.20 hours approximately.
After making a heart-warming DO DOONI CHAAR, Habib is back with another outing ISHAQZAADE which celebrates love in its own ways. While the film has very young notes and energetic atmosphere, there’s also a purpose behind the story which director serves rightly! From start to culmination there’s a brisk pace that is well driven by director and keeps the momentum always high.
Director doesn’t spend his time by giving a special episode on the two protagonists and rather he develops the story within which the two characters are defined. It is terrific writing and sharp execution which runs wheel within wheel and makes up for engaging first half. The big turn right at intermission adds too much to positives. Parineeti’s character is wonderfully quoted and you literally go with her happiness. Though the love between the two birds happens quite conventionally, but the director never pushes the film in predictable bracket.
That brings me to the second half where director throws up few turns and keeps the film raveling at feverish pace. But to enjoy the second half of the film, one must be emotionally attached to the characters and there is where ISHAQZAADE remains very good, fortunately. ISHAQZAADE connects on emotional ground and that speaks for the credibility of Habib Faisal as director. Yes, there are scenes which come quite in sudden and make some hesitation, but then these glitches are saved by the acts of the leads. The finale is the only portion which will leave you thinking! You can’t figure out if you should be happy or sad for adverse reasons.
Habib Faisal’s imagination and his vision for ISHAQZAADE surely reflect in the film. The intimate scenes are very candid and Habib does it exceptionally well. The script plays huge supportive hand for what the film is. The way the characters are shaded must be applauded. Music is superb! “Pareshaan” and the soft “Ishaqzaade” is amazing. The cinematography plays vital player in setting up the atmosphere for the film.
When one speaks of ISHAQZAADE, first name that strikes mind is the leading lady Parineeti Chopra as Zoya who delivers extra-ordinary performance. It’s a very complicated role where she has to be rebellious, stubborn, sensitive, smart and just about everything. Arjun Kapoor has fantastic screen presence and he seems very confident in each of his scene. He is here to stay! Rest everyone does very well and honestly attempts there work.
ISHAQZAADE is enjoyable ride which has smart script and interesting way of execution. A film that constantly hits you emotionally and. Its easily the best film this year. It will be your loss if you miss Ishaqzaade.
Rating- 4/5 (Excellent)