Based on an imaginary town of UP named Almore, Ishaqzaade is a passionate love story which has already generated a lot of buzz even before release due to the attractive new faces, fresh music which you can listen to in a loop, a bold and rebellious Parineeti (Chopra) who is shown with guns and a young lad marking his debut (Arjun Kapoor) who can make girls swoon with his reckless attitude!
Habib Faisal is definitely an intelligent director who shows all the nuances of small towns of UP compared to metros and also the ruthlessness, arrogance, plots, passion along with aggression in the rustic aura which doesnâ€™t fail to impress you. Three cheers to cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi, who captures it in a natural way whilst all the songs are shot within the suburbs of Almore which makes it look realistic (instead of the Alps of Switzerland like in a typical Yash Chopra song!). Good to see a comeback from Aditya Chopra and I feel glad that bollywood has finally come out of its comfort zone of Mumbai and Delhi and is all set to show the nativity of places like Kolkata in Kahaani, Lucknow-Kanpur in Tanu Weds Manu!
The long-standing political rivalry between the Chauhanâ€™s and Qureshiâ€™s makes even their heirs loathe each other. They grow up and the ambition to eradicate each otherâ€™s dynasty is just ablaze. Zoya (Parineeti) or rather Parmaâ€™s (Arjun Kapoor) Joya is so damn natural. Her sparkling eyes and body language show how strong, confident and passionate she is to be on her Dadâ€™s MLA throne no matter whatever it takes. She is not in the league of village girls who are submissive and are not extravert. She doesnâ€™t mind trading a Katta (Pistol) with her brand new gold jhumkis to safeguard herself and shoot any culprit that gets in her way. On the other hand she is so innocent to trust anyone and believes that she can make things work. She steals the show in the first half where she even wears her dads resized black kurta for election canvassing! Am sure this attire will soon become a style statement among girls who will try imitating Zoya!
Parmaâ€™s reckless â€śGo to hellâ€ť kind of intimidating character along with that silly grin will already have won many girlsâ€™ hearts. Apparently he reduced his weight from around 120kg to become what he is now and Salman Khan was his trainer. Well after watching the film you can see the results; toned abs and a firm body! Being the Bombay boy he is so lively that you will believe he is one such rebel kinda launda who always roams around flaunting his gun. The chemisty between the two is sizzling! He is a fiery and self assured guy who makes a fantastic debut and doesnâ€™t need the back up of a dad or cha-chas. He is a lot better than all of them.
By Interval you will realise Parma is a sleazy chap whose morals are zero. The scene where his mom dies pleading Parma to correct his mistakes and in the immediate next scene where Zoya cries will definitely evoke emotions in you but in second half, his hate turns to love so rapidly that it surprises you. Admittedly, the film is a bit slow in the second half and haphazard. The ending may leave you a little speechless!
The plot whilst predictable, is not boring till the end and the religious differences and hatred which makes politicians or factionists kill each other is shown naturally in a way that it still happens in many remote parts of India. Hatred is the same even in cities but the hatred of religious communities towards lovers is much stronger in villages. Anil Rastogi (Parma's grand-father), Natasha Rastogi (Parma's mother) and Ratan Rathore (Zoya's father) are natural to the core.
From the remaining cast, Gauhar Khan deserves a special mention here as she lives up to the role of a prostitute in Kwality baar performing to two sizzling numbers; â€śJhalla Wallahâ€ť and the foot-tapping â€śChokra Jawaanâ€ť. Needless to say the rest of the songs are quite gripping and are already popular. Kudos to Music Director Amit Trivedi.
Ishaqzaade is a full paisa vasool movie and itâ€™s tough to split the young stars for the acting honours. Parineeti at her best generates high voltage and adds spice to the drama here but Arjun makes a stunning debut too, one which might land him an award! Go watch it without hesitation!