Issaq Movie Review

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Release date: 26 July 2013
Starring: Prateik Babbar,Amyra Dastur,Neena Gupta
Producer : Dhaval Gada
Director : Manish Tiwary
Music Director : Sachin – Jigar
Rating: 2.25/5

Issaq lead Prateik Babbar started his career with quite an impressive performance in the 2008 release ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. After five years later and a few films, he still hasn’t tasted any major success at the box office. His latest film Issaq has managed to create quite a pre-release buzz and has hit the screens today. Let’s read on to know more about it.

Story :

Issaq is set on the banks of the picturesque town of Varanasi where two rival groups are fighting it out for supremacy. On one side, there is the Mishra camp and on the other side are the Kashyaps’s. As in every Hindi film, a young boy Rahul (Prateik Babbar) and a beautiful girl Bacchi (Amyra Dastur) from opposing camps fall in love with each other.

Once their families get to know about their affair, all hell breaks loose and causes a new tension between the warring gangs. The rest of Issaq is about how this young couple manages to fight against all odds and win their love

Plus Points :

Debutante Amyra Dastur is a talent to watch out for as she not only looks beautiful, but also carries the whole film on her shoulders. Her innocence, body language and decent acting skills will take this actress a long way in Bollywood.

Ravi Kissen is the key player in this film and he does a marvelous job. Ravi has been growing in confidence with each film and he always gives his 100%. The first half of the film is highly entertaining and has some interesting moments. The whole Varanasi backdrop and the fiery gang rivalry has been captured exceptionally well.

Minus Points :

Though the movie is based on Shakespeare’s epic ‘Romeo and Juliet’, its adaptation into the Indian milieu has been very average. The story gets confusing at the start and the end takes forever to finish.

Prateik Babbar surely needs to go in for an acting course immediately after this film. He not only looks very raw, but his facial expressions and body language does not suit his character at all.

Though it’s a very common story about love between opposing camps, Issaq has not been executed well. There was lot more scope for romance and drama but that has not been used at all.

The second half of the film takes forever to finish. Till the end of the first half, Issaq looks very promising, but then the entire second half is stretched so much and ends up becoming a boring watch.

Technical Aspects :

Music by Sachin-Jigar is pretty decent, especially the title song that goes ‘Issaq Tera’. Camera work is decent in the way it captures the beauty of Varanasi. The whole gang war and the way the characters have been treated also comes out well on the screen.

The editing is sharp and so is the background score. The screenplay is where the whole film falters as there are way too many scenes attached at important intervals that make the film tedious.

Though Manish Tiwari chooses an interesting subject, he falters with his casting. Rather than choosing an inexperienced actor like Prateik, he should have gone with a fairly seasoned actor who could have taken the film to a new level.

Verdict :

Overall, Issaq is just about Ok in bits and pieces. An interesting first half and a few romantic scenes are the only saviors. You can easily skip this film and watch other films which are based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.