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A shoe-sales girl, disillusioned with love because of her encounters with dowry-seeking men and a cook, who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs, come face to face in the clash of diametrically opposite but equally spicy cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow.Wikipedia

Daawat-e-Ishq Reviews


What started off promisingly is never fully exploited. Shame.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


As Gullu’s straight-laced but loving father, Anupam Kher gives the film its only moments of honesty. The rest is an unpalatable snoozefest.

Rohit Vats
Hindustan Times


Daawat-e-ishq is not a film to miss this weekend. For me, Aditya Roy Kapoor is the show-stealer in DEI. A delicious watch.

Suparna Sharma
Deccan Chronicle


In the film’s dull menu the only item of interest is Aditya Roy Kapoor. Despite the complete lack of reciprocity from Parineeti, he is able to get intimate with her and turn the screen into a pool of feelings. He makes you want to be in love. Parineeti is a charming and competent actress but now she’s getting repetitive and boring. And here she isn’t even invested in her role. Her Hyderabadi accent comes and goes, like the fluctuating talent of Anupam Kher.

Daawat-E-Ishq is like an exuberant menu of a newly opened restaurant that’s eager to please with its spread of scrumptious offerings that balances crowd-favourites with substance. While the sides are undercooked, the entree leaves an enjoyable aftertaste that owes much credit to its spunky actors and rest to Habib Faisal’s crisp script and direction.

Madhureeta Mukherjee
Times Of India


This one won't fill your hungry hearts, but one serving (not too bland, not too spicy) isn't too bad for your appetite.

Sarita Tanwar
DNA India


Habib Faisal has written and directed some memorable films but this one seems confused. Is it about food, romance, social message or a con film is open to interpretation. Strangely it was marketed as a food film (the title suggests it too) but the film isn't about that. The film drags on in the second half.


Daawat-E-Ishq dodges you with tall promises of serving a great food film or even a good film. But it’s diet food variety of cinema that is neither healthy nor nutritious and leaves you famished by the end of it. Parineeti and Aditya despite their earnest performances cannot bring the needed charm to the film. I am going with a very generous 2.5/5. It had a lot of potential but the feeble sketching makes it a forgettable watch.

...the plot of DAAWAT-E-ISHQ does have a good social message relevant to today's times, however, wrong marketing and slow pace of the film leaves the audience a bit disappointed.

Sachin Chatte
The Navhind Times


The acting, especially Parineeti Chopra and the reliable Anupam Kher are the saving grace. While the film has got some of the things right, the fact is that the story is a dud. I was left hungry, not for food but for a good film.


Even the spicy and spirited performances by Parineeti and Aditya fail to satiate one's appetite for real drama. Even Sajid Wajid's tasteful music goes to sheer waste. This could've been a real seven-course fiesta but the misguided vision and thanda drama reduce this feature film to side dish status. Nothing wrong in it technically. A side dish can be the perfect complement to a good meal. But it can never be a stomach full. No matter how much you stuff yourself with it.


...daawat is tasteless! The intention of director Habib Faisal is noble, but the route he has taken is long and boring.

The premise is promising and the intention is right. In a country where dowry is still a huge social malaise (the stats shown in the beginning of the film tell us that even now every hour, one woman in the country is killed for dowry), this film attempts to present the serious cause on an entertaining platter.

Subhash K Jha


I came away with the baap-beti relationship rather than the love story. As for food, I craved for more.Burp re burp.


Despite promises of a delectable cookout that could send our (visual) tastebuds into a tizzy, director-writer Habib Fazil’s recipe of love leaves us rather famished...

Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapur's film is so not delicious...

Audience Reviews for Daawat-e-Ishq

  • Tazz Saeed
    Tazz Saeed
    3 reviews

    This movie is a fun to watch over the weekend. I think Aditya Roy Kapoor has done a fantastic job in the entire film

    October 05, 14
  • Ahwaan
    1 review

    The way to a woman's heart is also through her stomach - this twisty idea is enlivened by director Habib Faisal in his collaboration with Yash Raj banner flick, Daawat-E-Ishq which provides a spicy and eclectic romantic affair blending the cuisine culture of Hyderabad and Lucknow.Faisal is known for his penchant to craft authentic middle-class milieu with his rooted characters under the context of relevant social topics,and this time he examines the stigma of dowry practices which has maligned the institution of marriage, but in a ligher vein.

    Disillusioned by love and tired of matrimonial encounters with over-demanding prospective bridegrooms,Gulrez aka Gullu(Parineeti Chopra),an shoe-sales girl, hatches a con-plan to avenge her humiliations by duping them into fake marriage and imposing charges under section 498A of anti-dowry act.In that way, she can also get hefty sum of money to fulfill her long-nurtured 'American' dreams.She cajoles her resistant father,Bujji(Anupam Kher) an ordinary high court clerk who succumbs to her emotional blackmail.This leads them to Lucknow,where they stumble upon one of their 'bakras',Tariq Hyderi aka Taru(Aditya Roy Kapur) who happens to be an extraordinary cook.Taru is bowled by the feisty girl's charms ,and while Gullu gets gradually swooned by the aroma emanating from the biriyanis and Kababs of Taru's kitchen, their plan is thrashed sweeetly by the blossoming love.

    It's a richly textured premise which offers us an irresistible array of starters , a somewhat delicious maincourse but the dessert spread turns out to be rather bland.
    Cutting through the colourful nuances of the city of Nizams, Hyderabad,the narrative also presents a warmth-filled camarederie between the father and her daughter.The film's latter half dwells in the revelry of Lucknow and its rich culinary traditions which forms a canvas for the romance between its protagonists.The Blemishes - it suffers from logic issues.The climax looks hurried and doesn't convince us about Taru's sudden change of heart for Gullu.

    These lacunae are however washed off by the spirited performances of the film's central characters.Parineeti Chopra imbues Gullu with full radiance, sparkles and confidence.Its a comfort zone for her to be in her 'feisty' self, but the actress takes an extra leap to get her Hyderabadi diction impeccably right, a trait that was grossly goofed-up by the ace star Vidhya Balan in Bobby Jasoos.Anupam Kher's comical nervousness reminds us of his superbly staged act in Special 26, and he shines in all sequences requiring emotional gravitas.And most importantly, Aditya Roy Kapur makes a revelation, playing the revered restaurateur with cocky delight.

    Dawat-E-Ishq has a fresh and exotic aroma to appetize you, but that doesn't last too long to tingle your taste buds.

    September 22, 14