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Kasai Ko Bakre Se Pyaar Ho Gaya!
Sep 20, 2014 12:35 PM 4157 Views





Habib Faisal is considered one of the most accomplished directors after his first two ventures - Do Dooni Chaar and Ishaqzaade - turned out to be excellent and memorable entertainers. Hence, expectations are high with Daawat-e-Ishq despite the film not creating much of a buzz. Thankfully, Daawat-e-Ishq turns out to be a watchable entertainer. But what could have been a fun con caper goes downhill because of a shaky second half. At best, it's a one-time watch!

The story of the movie: Gulrez Qadir(Parineeti Chopra) is an educated smart girl who works in a shoe shop in a mall in Hyderabad. Her father Abdul Qadir(Anupam Kher) is trying her best to get her married but that doesn't happen as the families of all the potential grooms ask for a huge amount for dowry, which the Qadir's are not able to afford. Circumstances take them to Lucknow where they meet the happy-go-lucky and a brilliant cook Tariq Haider(Aditya Roy Kapur). He gets smitten by Gulrez and their marriage is fixed. However, things are not as easy and simple as they seem to be.

The opening credits(featuring a menu where the cast and crew are also mentioned along with delicacies) are the best in recent times and instantly set the mood. Gulrez' entry scene and the problems faced by her and Abdul Qadir is neatly depicted. Karan Wahi's track comes up quite unexpectedly. But then, that's a Yash Raj Films tradition. They never reveal all their cards and there'll be some surprise in each of their films. Daawat-e-Ishq is no exception! Things get better as the drama shifts to Lucknow. Aditya Roy Kapur surprisingly has a late entry but he takes the film many notches higher. Sadly, the film falls a bit in the second half. Things begin to look unconvincing and even foolish. This is especially in the finale. In fact, the climax reminds one of the maddening endings of Priyadarshan where everyone is running and fooling around with one another! Nothing’s wrong in adding humour but it has to be done neatly. Note that even Habib Faisal’s Do Dooni Chaar had some crazy moments in the second hour but it looked good and didn’t seem out of place. That doesn’t quite happen with Daawat-e-Ishq, sadly.

However, the performances save the show to a great extent. Parineeti Chopra as always is in top form. Best part about her is that she doesn’t get repetitive and never reminds viewers that she has done characters in similar league in Ishaqzaade, Ladies VS Ricky Bahl and also Shuddh Desi Romance. Also, her Hyderabadi accent sounds very cute! She doesn’t expose at all and yet sizzles and that’s really a feat! Hats off to this powerhouse of talent and may she keep entertaining us with such performances!

Aditya Roy Kapur is very adorable and immerses himself totally in his character. It would not have been easy for him to play a character which is contrary to his real life persona. But he effortlessly slips into his role and comes out with flying colours. If he keeps doing interesting stuff like these, he can easily turn out to be one of the biggest stars in the years to come! Anupam Kher is the third important lead in the film and is first-rate. Her sequences with Parineeti are very sweet and would surely be loved. Karan Wahi(Amjad) has a great screen presence and impresses in his debut role. The actors playing Aditya Roy Kapur’s parents, the goon in the climax and the guy who loves ‘Bilu flim’ do a fine job as well.

Sajid-Wajid’s music isn’t highly memorable but works well in the film. The title song is the best followed by Mannat, Shayarana(both beautifully shot and incorporated) and Jaadu Tone Waaliyan. Rangreli appears in the end credits and is forgettable. Hitesh Modak’s background score is very effective. Himman Dhamija’s cinematography is fair. The locales of Hyderabad and Lucknow both are very well captured. Sets are real. Habib Faisal’s story is nice and makes an interesting comment on the dowry system prevalent in the country, despite being illegal since 1961. However, it doesn’t quite come out well in the script. Habib Faisal created a nice balance of realism along with quirky masala humour in Do Dooni Chaar. He could have done a similar good job in Daawat-e-Ishq as well but that doesn’t quite happen. The five-star hotel scenes instantly remind one of Khosla Ka Ghosla and Ladies VS Ricky Bahl(that also dealt with conning). And the entire sequence in the second half where Parineeti repeats ‘Ab Tariq itna insist kar hi rahe hai…’ falls flat. And climax as said before is childish. On the plus side, the film has no dull moments. The spirit of Hyderabad and Lucknow are nicely captured. Some of the romantic and funny scenes are damn good. And the review would be incomplete without talking about the food element. The various delicacies shown throughout the film will surely water one’s mouth!

Some of the best scenes:

  1. Gulrez rejects the ‘Bilu flim’ guy

  2. Gulrez with Amjad

  3. Gulrez and Abdul call aspiring candidates

  4. Gulrez-Abdul at Tariq’s restaurant

  5. Gulrez-Abdul meet Tariq and her parents

  6. The songs Mannat, title song and Shayarana

  7. The chase sequence

On the whole, Daawat-e-Ishq has an interesting story and a nice message to convey. Performances are extraordinary, especially Aditya and Parineeti. The various delicacies shown in the film are very tempting and hence don’t go for this film on an empty stomach! Sadly, the second half isn’t upto the mark and the Priyadarshan-style climax don’t quite work. It could have been as brilliant as Habib Faisal’s Do Dooni Chaar and Ishaqzaade. But because of the glitches, Daawat-e-Ishq is at best just a one-time watch!

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