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While fighting for the political supremacy of their respective families, a Hindu man and a Muslim woman share a forbidden romance.



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Credited cast:
Parma Chauhan
Zoya Qureshi
Chand Baby
Anil Rastogi ...
Surya Chauhan
Ratan Singh ...
Aftab Qureshi (as Ratan Rathore)
Natasha Rastogi ...
Amma - Parma's Mother
Charu Rastogi ...
Ammi - Zoya's Mother
Shashank Khaitan ...
Dharma Chauhan
Ankit Kakar ...
Karma Chauhan
Abdullah Osman ...
Akash Bathija ...
Aftab Khan ...
Shadaab Qureshi (as Aftab Ahmed Khan)
Jafarpal Dhillon ...
Sohraab Qureshi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meeta Bandhu ...
Pravin Chandra


In the town of Almore, political rivals the Qureshis and the Chauhans have been fighting for generations. Boisterous and impulsive Zoya Qureshi campaigns for her father to become the next MLA. Meanwhile, Parma, an immature bully, will do anything to help his grandfather Chauhan win the election. The short-tempered young rivals brandish guns and trade insults. However, Parma is drawn to the beautiful and fearless Zoya, and she is intrigued by his rough charm. As the hotly-contested election approaches, the pair begin secretly meeting and their hatred ignites a passionate romance... Written by L. Hamre

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Born to Hate... Destined to Love


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11 May 2012 (India)  »

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Born to Hate... Destined to Love  »

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INR 220,000,000 (estimated)

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During their shooting in Lucknow, Parineeti Chopra suffered a viral attack and was advised by a doctor to rest.However the actress would do the scenes need that day and only then went back to her hotel to rest. See more »


References Bunty Aur Babli (2005) See more »


Ishaqzaade - Title Song
Director: Habib Faisal
Music: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Kausar Munir
Singer: Javed Ali and Shreya Ghoshal
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A true depiction of regressive Indian society
13 May 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Different stories are told- few fresh few stale but there are few stories which have universal appeal over age and time. Ishaqzaade is such a story of passionate lovers over creed, religion, cast,greed and Indian hypocrisy. While Aamir Khan debut in TV unmasking the "glorious" culture of India with Satyameve Jayate, Habib Faisal throws light on real India and its raw crude reality. India at its root level is as harsh as the film itself, toned down to make it suitable for family viewing. Ishaaqzaade is age-old story about a hindu boy falling for a Muslim girl. Within this simple structure Faisal injected good amount of twist and turns to keep one glued to screen. Set up in fictional town Almore Faisal reflected reality of states like UP & Bihar. The film begins with Qureshis & Chauhans fighting for MLA seat. Even though both are full of hatred for each other ironically they are same at ideological level. The success of narration lies in the fact that it is not about superficial rivalry between two families. The film goes deeper into mindset of Indian societies. However modern we claim to be at the root level we are caught in webs of hypocrisy and false esteem whereby an elder male member of the family is respected irrespective of the person he is. Over the years this false respect which we have bestowed upon undeserving men has laid to the deceleration of India as a whole. Coming back to the film, personally I have no inclination to love stories specially the once made by Yashraj film but it is the authenticity of Faisal's work which struck me. Hardly interiors of rustic crude India has been explored to churn out love stories and characterization of Parma-Zoya is just marvelous. Both young, rough, foul mouthed who can go all the way to see their family members winning the election. Through the interaction with their family, hypocrisy has been shown. Initially it seemed that Zoya's family will go all the way to save her from any adversities but to her shocking revelation even her dearest father turns out to be those power hungry men who can go to any extent for his own benefit. Same goes with Parma's grandfather for whom career and reputation is more important than family. In fact these people are more dangerous than big gangsters as they play with emotions of people creating a hindu-Muslim rift amongst masses to win vote, when needed they are ready to shed their religious inhibitions and flock together to create havoc. As expected the mothers' are relegated to backseat but they are shown as strong characters. The courage which Parma's mother exhibits to save his son's Muslim bride should be applauded and we hope more mothers garner that courage to stand against cruelty.

The film's second half is more clichéd and few even complained it being sexist and misogynist as Zoya is tortured to an extent she loses her true self, but then that is the plight of women in interior parts of our country. Without making it look like a fairy tale Faisal dared to show the raw reality and thanks to Aditya Chopra as producer for showing the "real" India which is rare in Yashraj films. As mentioned earlier the typical story has been elevated due to the execution. Faisal showed competency with screenplay in his earlier films (Brilliant Do Dooni Char & different Band Baja Baraat) and Ishaqzaade is no exception. Such old themes wouldn't have made any impact if not tight narrative added with dialogs which are real to the core. The way the duo's passion gets ignited through violence amidst a violent setting is commendable. Hemant Chaturbedi's cinematography gels with the director's vision. The violence lurking in the alleys of small town cocooned by supposed mirage of peacefulness has been well captured. A little shaky camera-work uplifts the mood from the first sequence. And then there is Amit Trivedi , probably the best musician in tinsel town who creates melodies that suits the mood of the film rather than a sequence in isolation. Since Dev D he proved himself again and again. The song "Aafaton ki parinde" immediately takes audience to the rustic land of lawlessness to fast edited sequences by Aarti Bajaj and brings in the tension. "Pareshan" is another song that demands mention for its hatke treatment. Ishaqzaade marks the debut of producer Boney Kapoor's son Arjun Kapoor and he looked comfortable as a brat without a conscience. One thing he needs to work on is his dialog delivery which was not clear in few scenes. On the other hand Pareeniti Chopra is a treat to watch. With a confident debut in forgettable Ladies Vs Ricky Behl,Chopra displayed tremendous confidence with a variety of expressions in Ishaqzaade. She instilled soul to Zoya's character with whom one could empathize. She played the confident Zoya who stood tall in a patriarchal society with high self esteem with precision and executed the vulnerable side of Zoya with equal conviction in the second half.Even though it is too early but still I feel if she gets the right opportunity she would leave a mark as one of the finest actress of Hindi cinema. The lady playing Parma's mother was exceptional in her portrayal of the character and even after the end credit rolls you will feel for her and mothers like her in rural India who are subdued and crashed breaking their self esteem. Gauhar Khan as Chand Baby was decent in her bromide portrayal of a gold hearted hooker saving Parma-Zoya's life. Anil Rastogi as Parma's grandfather brings hatred thanks to his violent on screen characterization. The unknown supporting cast was adequate and filled in the gaps. The ending (which many might not approve) was plain brilliant which was appropriate for the story in a rustic setting. The end leaves a lot of question to the conscience of our great cultured society but is anyone listening??

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