Shomini SenOf late, Bollywood has taken tender steps outside the comforts of Mumbai and ventured into other parts of the country to make a film. From ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ to ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ to even ‘Kahaani’, all had the place playing an integral role in the narrative. In Habib Faisal’s ‘Ishaqzaade’, a fictitious place called Almore (presumably a small town in Uttar Pradesh) – the place and the intense politics that dominates the society plays a poignant part of the story line.
As the rustic, crass gun-strutting Parma, debutant Arjun Kapoor delivers a fine performance. For a south Bombay boy, it isn’t easy to get the Hindi twang right, but Arjun manages well. Yes, in some places he does remind you of Abhishek Bachchan’s Lallan act from Yuva, but maybe that is because both the characters are similar. He gives an earnest performance which charms you.But the star of the film is clearly Parineeti Chopra. The actress shines as the aggressive yet naïve Zoya. Her strong screen presence ensures that you just look at her throughout. Certain scenes towards the beginning of the film are simply a delight to watch because of her expressions and body language. She fits well in the story, almost makes you believe that she is Zoya, shocked at her family’s betrayal towards her but proud of being in love with the hero.Music by Amit Trivedi is already a hit. The title track, sung beautifully by Javed Ali and Shreya Ghoshal, is shot beautifully. Gauhar Khan as the kind-hearted prostitute Chand sizzles in two songs. It is a pity that she is used so less in the film.Habib Faisal’s earlier film ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ had captured the Delhi and Punjabi culture well. In ‘Ishaqzaade’, he captures a small town in northern India and its typical nuances well.
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