It's an assured, confident debut and one hell of a rollicking ride. A textured, compelling drama that's unlike anything you've seen lately.
In Ishqiya lingo, the film is a sutli bomb (firecracker) that tickles and explodes. But for the hurried and harried end. Go, have a blast.
Rarely are grace and profanity cited in the same breath. Debutant filmmaker Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya, however, is a privileged exception.
In the second half, there are stretches in which the plot starts to blur and the end-twist is less than convincing. But if you have the patience and the willingness to savor an edgier, less populist popular Hindi cinema, you will be amply rewarded.I strongly recommend that you see it.
Ishqiya, among other things, is a great start for director Abhishek Chaubey. The film — with its great music, superior performances, and memorable dialogues — cannot be missed, unless you are under 18 years of age. This is pure ‘adult’ fun.
ISHQIYA is definitely worth a watch. The film has a riveting plot, great performances, soulful music, an absorbing story and skilful direction to make the viewer fall in ishq with it. It should appeal to the hardcore masses as also the multiplex junta.
Vidya Balan has drummed up a delectable performance in ISHQIYA. She's the widow whose life has suddenly exploded from its shell; a lover; a woman who misses those 'tender' moments and one who is out to exact revenge. A bundle of contradictions who has a deadly secret up her sleeve. You can't help but fall in love with her character, Krishna Verma, delivered with intense finesse.
Audience Reviews for Ishqiya
'Ishqiyaa': Black Steam!
'Ishqiyaa' is a black comedy classic. Khalujan and Babban make for an astounding couple, as does their chemistry alongside the wonderful Vidya Balan, who owns the running time mostly.
Abhishek Chaubey has well-crafted the film and his directorial debut is assured because of the precision with which the rustic to tonality and sex has been captured. The film gathers steam, grit and magic, and does on the screens what most filmmakers don't succeed in doing. I, for one, laughed till my sides hurt.
How I wished that the film had the energy of the rest of the film geared in third act! How can an almost classic film lose all of it's steam in a final act! Nevertheless, this is one of the best Hindi films, and don't miss it.
Liked It.. Vidya Is Lovely, Naseer Is Great