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Dedh Ishqiya

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Dedh Ishqiya is an Indian comedy thriller film, which is a sequel of Ishqiya. The story revolves around the romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense, passion and deceit. Wikipedia

Dedh Ishqiya Reviews


Dedh Ishqiya gives the UP badlands a light cloak of humor and, to the viewer - we're happy to note - a bold reveal that is more suggested than emphasized. The twist in the tale is one you can spot from a mile away, but it's nicely done.I'm going with four out of five for director Abhishek Chaubey's Dedh Ishqiya. Like heady wine, it delivers a welcome kick.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


There is much to be liked in the film, and I wish all of it had been as good as the scintillating bits. The trouble is not just with the pace. Some of the lines, terrific as they are, seem to be added in just so that the characters can revel in their own perfect Urdu delivery.

Khalid Mohamed
Deccan Chronicle


Replete with florid dialogue and competent performances, too, the sequel to Ishqiya (2010) is good to put it plainly, but not quite in the class of the outstanding first edition which was free of, for want of a better word, snafus. Moreover, the earlier femme fatale played by fierce fervour by Vidya Balan, is sorely missed.

Raja Sen


This is a rare joy. It’s a genuinely smart film. It’s beautifully, lovingly shot. The music aids the narrative instead of distractingly taking it hostage. It’s the most quotable Hindi movie in years. It’s a sequel that leaves even a highly original first-part far behind. And, for a film so accessible, it’s armed with the most cunning, most delicious twist. It’s terrific — and a half. Dedhriffic, then.

Anupama Chopra


There is a lovely running gag about the stages of love and a gorgeous climactic shoot-out. Best of all, the film gives us women who are unapologetically scheming and lusty. They break all the rules and get away with it. It’s wonderfully refreshing.And yet, Dedh Ishqiya doesn’t have the seductive sparkle that Ishqiya did.

From dilkashi to junoon, the start and end point respectively of Khalujaan’s take on the seven stages of love, the film has them both and everything in between and beyond.

Meena Iyer
Times Of India


Vishal Bharadwaj's dialogue keeps you in splits. Naseer is back in super-form after straying in outings like Jackpot. Ditto Arshad. Madhuri looks gorgeous but the dhak-dhak girl (now woman) falls short on the oomph meter, as compared to Vidya Balan in Ishqiya. Huma Qureshi is interesting.

To give away any more of the plot would be unfair, but suffice it to say that the quirky characters are why the film seems so engaging. As Muniya, Begum Para’s confidante and shadow, Huma Qureshi puts in a confident performance, but there are so many such performances in the film, it is hard to pick one.


Dedh Ishqiya is a sexy film. Mystically poignant, grippingly lucid, dark, subtle and so invigorating-ly well performed. It’s not everyday that you stumble upon near perfect films which entertain you so enthralling-ly... Abhishek Chaubey topples the standards he set by his last film Ishqiya and delivers a more intricate and more pioneering work of outright genius.


Dedh Ishqiya makes desi go dangerous all over again. It's a whopper of a start for Bollywood in 2014. In a line, not to be missed.

Faheem Ruhani
India Today


The film's pace is slightly leisurely which may be a bit trying at times. Also, Dedh Ishqiya's music works within the context of the film but unlike Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya is devoid of hummable numbers like Dil toh Bachcha Hai Ji and Ibn-e-Batuta. But, that should in no way deter you from taking this cinematic journey which is more layered and complex than Ishqiya.

Suhani Singh
India Today


Dedh Ishqiya's success can be attributed to the taut story of Darab Farooqui which is aided by Chaubey's fine screenplay, Vishal Bhardwaj's rib-tickling, naughty dialogues and Dr Bashir Badr's lovely Urdu poems. Chaubey conjures a quaint, lyrical and extravagant world, which he uses to highlight the waning wealth of feudal society. The film is at its best when characters poke fun at each other.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama


...a worthy follow up to the widely admired ISHQIYA. Powerful writing, superb direction and outstanding performances make DEDH ISHQIYA a must watch. Just don't miss it!

Daily Bhaskar
Dainik Bhaskar


For all the cinema lovers, who prefer acting and story over masala, it’s time to book your seats.

Sachin Chatte
The Navhind Times


The writers have also pushed the envelope as far as portraying the relationship between the two prime characters is concerned. For those interested in poetry, there is a lot to appreciate here, especially the many verses of Dr. Basheer Badr.Dedh Ishqiya is sight for sore eyes. Go for it.

Rummana Ahmed
Yahoo! India


Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ is entertaining, intriguing and humourous. He sure knows how to tell a gripping story peppered with generous doses of wit.

Audience Reviews for Dedh Ishqiya

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    300 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Dedh Ishqiya is easily the sexiest film this year. And the title of the film totally justifies the narrative which follows. It is not entirely a sequel. Yes, there are Khalujan and Babban continuing the same task they did previously, but this time they are bound by a tauter, more light backdrop. We have a new story, involving the once-royal people who haven't lost their grandeur. Naseeruddin Shah shows a side of himself as Khalu which was naive to Ishqiya. The film is a visual triumph of colours which comes not only as a thrilling black comedy like the original, but also a sharp rom-com. There are amazing palaces, sweeping ghaghras and mujre ka gharana. There is profound literature and sufi music. On the whole, this is a film that wins over easily. Watch it for Madhuri Dixit, she is a total finesse here.
    Above, anything 'Dedh Ishqiya' is a more productive narrative than the original, because it celebrates itself with sincerity. I'm going with 4 out of 5 for the film. Its 'Dedh', but for me 'Saadhe Aath'.

    September 26, 19
  • Saheb Abdullah
    Saheb Abdullah
    82 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Love The Comedy In The Film and The Artistic Way of Love But It Lacked Heart...Storyline is much similar to The Ishqiya..But the comedy is better here, but other things just fade away a little if you compare it with the 1st One..Anyway not a bad watch at all.Love the Use Of Urdu in the Film

    May 09, 16
  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Much like Munna (Sanjay Dutt) and Circuit (Arshad Warsi) are integral part of Munnabhai series, Khalu (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) are the integral part of our own Desi crime comedy series Ishqiya. Ishqiya wasn't a crowd pleaser so its sequel Dedh Isqiya also does not aim the masses. Instead with its Urdu dialogs every now and then to support its atmosphere and honest story telling, it requires your patience and attention so that you can enjoy the quirky and intelligent dialogs written by Vishal Bhardwaj. The movie is most enjoyable whenever you witness the electric chemistry between our leads. New actors include another veteran Madhuri Dixit, fierce beauty Huma Qureshi and ultimate performer Vijay Raaj. Vijay Raaz's character must be kept in the story if they are taking the series forward which they should. Movie looses you sometimes during its long Urdu conversations and the tiring and labored performance by Madhuri Dixit. Intelligent crime comedies and black humor are still to find a place in Bollywood hall of fame but Vishal Bhardwaj and his team promises you that they will not compromise and keep serving you with intelligent stories.

    January 26, 14
  • Bubbly
    41 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Probably, after MUNNA BHAI series' Munna-Circuit jodi, now Khalujaan-Babban have taken over. (Khalu like aalu, bhalu, kaalu, lalu, wagerah, wagerah...) Khalu in Urdu stands for maternal aunt's husband. Such raw and boiling "chemistry" can put the chill out from this winter. Naseeruddin Shah (63, Iftekhar/Khalujaan) by merely being in a frame makes it classic. Arshad Warsi (45, Razzaq Hussain/Babban) is the most under-rated actor, who still hasn't got his due. Had Amitabh invested his billions in Arshad instead of the perennial struggler, he'd've recovered his investment with handsome gains by now. You need to have a sound knowledge of Urdu language to grasp the subtleties and fineries of this beautiful language. Otherwise everything'll go over the head and one may not enjoy the bickerings and tu-tu main-main. Absolutely brilliant. Dialogues are simply delectable. You will remember them long after. Cinematography too is mind-blowing.

    I know Photoshop is an excellent makeup software. But what should I do when I am against makeup itself. I prefer natural beauty. And what can one say about the Photoshop queen Madhuri (46, Begum Para). She looks like Babban's mother but tries looking like Huma Qureshi (27, Muniya) babe (mother/aunt-niece jodi.) That charming smile isn't the same. Time and again "comebacks" can take its toll. Why can't she rest and watch the younger heroines' movies. After her insensitive and gross Saifai 1-crore nautanki, she may've been consigned to where she should be. She may have "lost" a chunk of her fan-following and wonder if a few hundreds will patronize it. The movie's chances r grim. I pity her and sympathize with her desperation. Women-centred flicks never fared well barring a few. She must have invested heavily in this movie and the next "comeback" GULABI GANG. She is ready to give "tough" competition to TV vampish tai and sasu ma and... Couldn't she learn something from Sadhna!!! I must appreciate her optimism to go on re-inventing herself. I wonder if her kids will know her through her screen presence only as mother is 'shooting'.

    Shraddha Kapoor and Amrita Puri are in item numbers that are not exactly needed. Although the movie boasts of six songs, none are actually hummable.

    Vijay Raz (50, Jan Mohammed, politician) is in a class of his own. Words don't do justice to what he brings to screen. Kudos. He is ably assisted by Ravi Gosain (Liyaqat Ali) and Manoj Pahwa (50). Marvellous actors dotting the Indian acting scene instead of the crass moneyed non-actors. '-[

    DI may not compete with its prequel ISHQIYA (2010) but it is an excellent encore to male bonding. Naseer-Arshad will win many awards for their roles. They tug at the heart-strings. I will wait for Part 3 too if this male team remains. But they should avoid Photoshop heroines. Makeup stage tak OK hain heroines le le. Har din aisi film nahin aati.

    January 10, 14