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The exhilarating “Dedh Ishqiya” is the young writer-director Abhishek Chaubey’s worthy sequel to one of the sharpest Bollywood comedies of recent years. In contrast to the usual clobbering slapstick, Chaubey’s 2010 “Ishqiya” was more like a droll mid-period Elmore Leonard tale transplanted to India. The gloriously gifted comic actors Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi were a squabbling uncle-and-nephew team of only moderately gifted thieves, handed a sobering lesson in the realities of life and love by a seductive widow (Vidya Balan). This second installment is less astringent. In fact, it has the structure of a fairy tale, the kind in which suitors from across a kingdom vie for the hand of a princess in marriage.
The first film’s view of romance was not so much cynical as deeply wised up. All three characters had a hard time saying no, and after some turmoil they came to accept this about themselves, »
- David Chute
Dedh Ishqiya is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2010 release which also marks the return of Bollywood icon Madhuri Dixit to the big screen. Also starring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi in key roles, the film has been directed by Abhishek Chaubey and will release on 10 January 2014. The music has been composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, who has given us hit albums like Omkara and Kaminey as well as Ishqiya. The lyrics have been written by the legendary Gulzar, who has worked with Vishal Bhardwaj for many years and together, they have created some outstanding songs that have had a huge impact on many Bollywood lovers. So will the music to Dedh Ishqiya mesmerise you? Read our review to uncover our verdict!
- Bodrul Chaudhury
'D'day for younger daughter Ahana is around the corner. And 'Dream Girl' Hema Malini is fully into preparing for the event. Says the radiant mother of the bride-to-be, "The wedding is on February 2. We're all so excited. I don't feel as if I am giving away another daughter in marriage. Instead it feels like two sons are being added to my family. Both Esha and Ahana's partners are so loving, caring and affectionate towards both me and Dharamji." Hema has double reason to celebrate, as Sholay has opened in a new 3D avatar. Says Hema Malini, "I saw parts of the 3D version. Dharamji has seen the whole film in 3D. We both love what they've done. All those bullets flying into the audiences' faces and horses galloping out of the screen adds to the excitement of the original. See, we have to move on with the times gracefully." The »
- Subhash K. Jha
3 items from 2014
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