Cast: Madhuri Dixit (Begum Para), Arshad Warsi (Razzaakh Hussain alias Babban), Naseeruddin Shah (Ifthekhar alias Khalujan), Huma Qureshi (Muniya), Vijay Raaz (Jaan Mohammad), Manoj Pahwa (Nawab Italwa) and Salman Shahid (Mushtaq)
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Story: Darab Farooqui
Screenplay: Abhishek Chaubey, Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar
Editing: A. Sreekar Prasad
Music and Dialogues: Vishal Bhardwaj
Sometimes we don’t have enough words to describe the beauty of certain things and Dedh Ishqiya is undoubtedly the film that comes under this category. It mesmerises you throughout.
In 2010, Ishqiya created a different kind of a rage for itself. From the songs to the performances to the chemistries between Vidya Balan and Naseer Saab to the brawny dialogues. It had it all.
After 3 years, Babban and Khalujan are back and the opening scene is hilarious. Salman Shahid’s voice is unconventional and too good, it just adds to the “Gilli” scene.
Cut to, Babban and Khalu’s new robbery which somehow fell flat as they are caught but they try to escape from there. Khalu is suddenly missing along with the necklace and Babban’s certainly in trouble, but soon he finds out that Khalujan is in Mahmudabad, as he has gone there posing as a nawab, at a poetry contest. It is a mushaira organized by Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) , the widowed Begum of The Nawab Of Mahmudabad as per the wishes of her deceased husband.The winner would win the Swayamwar and in turn become the Nawab of Mahmudabad. However, Jaan Mohammad (Vijay Raaz) who is actually an MLA-gangster has his eyes on the reign. The story has a lot of thrill along with impeccable comedy and there’s a delightful surprise in the end. Though some scenes do seem a bit stretched but overall, it’s a clear winner.
The scene where Jaan Mohammad’s gang tries to threaten away Khalu-Babban and both the parties are reluctant to give up. The reluctancy lasted all night and finally is interrupted by the sharp notes of a school assembly singing Hum ko mann ki shakti dena.
The dialogues, once again! BANG ON. People like me, don’t really understand Urdu but the way it has been narrated, it gives you the idea of what the person wants to convey. (And, of course subtitles are also there)
The music is peaceful and soothing. Horn Ok Please by Honey Singh and Sukhwinder Singh is decent, Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, it’s probably the best song of the album. (Rahat saab, after all) Zabaan Jale, again by Rahat saab! Beautiful! Jagaave Saari Raina and Hamari Atariya by Rekha Bhardwaj, songs that touch your heart. Rekha ji’s voice: Nightingale and last but not the least Kya Hoga by Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Maliya and Jamal Akbar, it’s one of the best qawwali’s in recent times. The entire album is a treat. Classical Indian Music, THUMBS UP!
Performances? Each and every actor is perfect. Arshad Warsi is one of the most underrated actors, we have and once again, he proves his worth. His comic timing is beyond perfection. Naseer saab is so elegant and classy that you learn, every time you watch him on screen. Arshad and Naseer saab are Babban and Khalujaan. Period!
Madhuri Dixit’s comeback is as beautiful as her gorgeous and astonishing eyes. She’s perfect for the role and nobody else could have played Begum Para. Nobody! And Madhuri’s dance in the end, oh my god! No one can dance like her, no one can give those expressions. Be it a 5 year old, or a 14 year old or a 25 year old or even a 60 year old, we all are in awe of you Madhuri.
Huma Qureshi, as usual she’s bang on. Her diction or ‘talafus’ is so perfect and expressions, well… she is probably the best we have (current generation).
Vijay Raaz, what can one say about this man? He always gets inside the character and this time he’s loutishly funny. Unforgettable! Jaan Mohammad!
Manoj Pahwa’s decent and Salman Shahid leaves a mark.
SPECIAL MENTION- GULZAR SAAB’S LYRICS AND POETRY. WHAT A WRITER!
Overall, Dedh Ishqiya is the perfect new year gift for cinema lovers like me and yes, Bollywood has the capability. Dedh Ishqiya is one prime example. We constantly say that Bollywood has nothing new, except the raunchy dialogues but that’s not true. Such films don’t earn money and that’s why such filmmakers don’t get distributors and producers, so please! WATCH IT, you won’t regret spending your money on this one.