The Bottom line- Reviews Summary: This week’s release Ishaqzaade has opened to good reviews. Most of the critics have praised the on screen chemistry of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. While Arjun has made a confident debut, Parineeti is impressive yet again in her second film. The film though is not flawless, it suffers from a weak script which goes haywire in the second half. The film might not appeal to the audience in metro cities.
Box Office: The movie has collected close to 10 crore in two days. The future looks good with the other release Dangerous Ishq failing to pull in the crowd.
Here’s a quick summary of all the Ishaqzaade Reviews
Total Reviews: 11
4 stars: 1
3.5 stars: 3
3 stars: 3
2.5 stars: 2
2 stars: 2
India-Forums 4 stars: There are many reasons why ‘Ishaqzaade’ is a remarkable film. It enters the killing fields of Uttar Pradesh. It chases down our two protagonists and then watches them get into a crisis with no end. In the end, we are looking at two young vibrant people whom we love because they love one another irrespective of the differences.
Bollywood Hungama 3.5 stars: On the whole, ISHAQZAADE, a volatile and intense story with ample doses of fanatical romance, should appeal to a pan-India audience. This broadly engaging love story has a winsome pair who deliver dexterous performances, besides popular music and several poignant moments, which should appeal to fans of mainstream films. Go for it!
Daily Bhaskar 3.5 stars: Brilliant performance by the lead cast, an ecstatic climax which breaks the typical ‘happily ever after’ ending, is surely one of the top reasons to visit your nearest theatre. People from metros might find it difficult to relate to the culture or political drama that involves frequent gun-firing. Arjun and Parineeti’s chemistry will remind one of the ‘Ek-Duje Ke Liye’ genre of love stories from Bollywood.
Koimoi 3.5 stars: All the characters are well-etched and leave an impression the viewer’s mind. The last scene of the pre-interval portion has a surprise in store for the audience, which is shocking as well as engaging. However, the drama loses steam in the second half when the young couple deals with the aftermath of their marriage. Certain portions of the second half seem repetitive and even bore the audience a little bit. The climax, which is very unlike the happy endings the audience is used to seeing in commercial movies, will disappoint a section of the viewers.
Times Of India 3 stars: Love story blossoms between loveable rowdy rascal Parma and feisty, free-spirited Zoya. They growl at each other with the same fierce passion with which they grope each other and get-it-on. Most riveting in this love-hate plot, is the (fore)playful chemistry between the two, with their volatile verbal wars, and sexed-up lovemaking; even between chases and gunshots. Rare indeed to find such a beautifully complementing debut pair onscreen. The flatness of the second half is what takes away from the pace of a launch vehicle that could’ve been memorable. ‘Ishaqzaade’ starts with a bang-bang, but ends up firing blanks.
Zee News 3 stars: The plot is racy and the narrative does not waste too much time in establishing the love story. That perhaps can go against the film, since the transition from hate to love for the lead protagonists happen a bit too quickly, leaving the viewer wondering whether it is that easy to love and hate a person. The film keeps you engaged in the first half and the important twist right before the break is truly mind blowing. The second half unfortunately loses pace and the predictability creeps in by the end of it.
Glamsham 3 stars: Arjun Kapoor making his debut is stupendous. Playing a negative role in his first film, he takes the unconventional route to stardom. His body language for the character he essays is perfect. He can only get better from here. Parineeti Chopra is in a ‘zone of her own’. A complete actor who slips into the character with the ease of a pro. After LADIES VS RICKY BAHL, she dishes out another fantastic performance. Don’t be surprised if you soon see her occupying the top slot in Bollywood. She is a complete package.
NDTV Movies 2.5 stars: Sadly, Ishaqzaade isn’t quite as pulsating as the plot line might suggest. The script throws up some surprises all right, but the story of inter-religious love does not have legs robust enough to gallop all the way through to the end with sustained energy. After a startling end to the first half, the film’s pace drops several notches in the second half as the lovers seek refuge in Chand Bibi’s brothel.
IBN 2.5 stars: The film’s first half coasts along nicely, culminating in a delicious, unpredictable twist. But as the film’s second half kicks in, it becomes clear the writers had no idea where to go with the story. Which is possibly why the love-struck couple spends the entire post-intermission portion just running. Parineeti Chopra breathes life into the part, emerging the biggest strength of this film. As Parma, meanwhile, that unlikely leading man with no moral compass, Arjun Kapoor is confident but at times awkward, and his rawness shows.
Rediff 2 stars: There is much craft on display, and some lovely moments, but the immense promise shown by the first half turns out as hollow as a politician’s. Soaked in sloppy sexism, the second half has the heroine repeatedly tortured — cheated, slapped, bound, gagged, shot at and abused — and yet the film decrees that she forgive.
Nowrunning 2 stars: The film has a brilliant start with the introduction of both Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra and also the built-up of the political setting of the film. Even the twist towards the interval brings quite a dramatic high in the graph. However, even a brilliant writer like Habib Faisal falls prey to the curse of second half and has his film falling to boredom and monotony soon after.