It is no coincidence that I am listening to Jagaave Sari Raina while penning down my thoughts on the film Dedh Ishqiya. If love had to be defined in words, Dedh Ishqiya comes the closest in filling in the right letters in the correct places to weave a tale of magical fascination. And with a few classical thumris thrown in between as background score, the film attains the level of perfection, highly missed in recent Hindi films. However, the director – in his predictable style – misses the bus in the last 10-odd minutes.
Dedh Ishqiya is full of perfect moments. Every frame that has Madhuri and Naseer saab together, exchanging those flirtatious glances, wooing the other with subtle nuances, poetry and unmatched facial undertones, steals your heart and leaves you breathless. Quite the contrast, Arshad and Huma – depicting the raw flavour of love. Gulzar’s poetry simply transports you into an world of illusion, where you can cuddle with your loved one, while sipping on the tastiest wine, and humming the best of ghazals.
All the sweet talk of love does not take the audience’s mind away from the central plot of deceit, greed and a treacherous game in which love is a mere pawn. Vijay Raaz, an underrated actor, forces you to seat back and take note of the talent that goes unused in this age of meaningless 100 crore film business. The film flows like a bustling stream in the first half, that reaches the sea bed with full force towards the middle of the second half. And then loses its course.
Set in a dilapidated mahal of a dead Nawab, Dedh Ishqiya takes you into a time warp. The use of lights totally helps the viewer sink into the period of thumris and extinct nawabs. The crisp dialogues and catchy one-liners help the audience remain glued to the pacy screenplay. Except, in the end the director ties himself in the knots and relies on the much-tried formula of coincidences and hyperbolic melodrama to un-entangle himself from the plot. But with the beautiful memories one forms in the last 2 -odd hours, the few minutes of slip can easily be forgiven.
Lastly, I thank Vishal Bhardwaj for opening up the wonderful world of thumris for me. Have been playing Begum Akhtar in loop since last night.
My Rating: 4/5 stars.
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