Friday, September 19, 2014

Daawat-E-Ishq, Hindi Bollywood Film Movie review, Johnson Thomas Rating: * * * 1/2

Daawat-E-Ishq, Hindi Bollywood Film Movie review, Johnson Thomas Rating: *  *  * 1/2 

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#DaawatEIshq(hindi) Rating: *  *  * ½ Pitch Perfect romance touching Foodie heights with a strong message thrown in. #HabibFaisal excels in creating an immensely delightful menu with Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Anupam Kher providing strong garnish and flavor. A perfect recipe for success if ever! #AdityaChopra #YashRajFilms #SpicePR #ParineetiChopra #AdityaRoyKapoor #AnupamKher #HabibFaisal





Hindi Film Review
Johnson Thomas

The Perfect Recipe for Love

Film: Daawat-E-Ishq
Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Karan Wahi
Director: Habib Faisal

Rating: *  *  * ½

A movie that focuses on food to do the trick for love is a rare commodity in formulaic mainstream  Bollywood. So when Yashraj Films and Habib Faisal announced this Parineeti-Aditya starrer, many an appetite was whetted. The film looked promising and sustained promotions added much Spice to the foodie bouquet. 
The eventual product- ‘Daawat-E-Ishq’ manages to live up to most expectations of the gastronomic kind as well as the cinematic one. 
It’s a well-timed, vibrantly acted, intelligently plotted  saliva inducing entertainer and has the music to add soul to the garnish. A well educated Hyderabadi,Gulrays Qadir(Parineeti), a shoe saleswoman, is quite fed-up with the kind of offers she was getting in the guise of marriage proposals- everyone of them demanding more dowry than what her father, a court clerk, could afford.  The timely coverage of the Raja-Radha Reddy 498A dowry harassment judgement going in favor of the wife decides her future progrom. 
Persuading her ‘phattu(petrified)’ father takes time but eventually she manages to convince him into playing a role for their lifelong betterment in the USA. So it’s now over to Sania Habibullah and her father who take up a suite in a 5 star hotel, announce Sania’s eligibility loudly to the who’s who of Lucknow who predictably queue up outside their hotel room door in droves. Among them is Haider who owns and manages a flourishing restaurant in the centre of the city. He obviously appears to be the most appetizing bali-ka-bakra(victim) with loads of cash and willingness to demand a sizeable dowry. The father-daughter con duo zero in on him and his family for them to pull off the scam that will fuel their trip to Utopia. Of course complications arise thereafter…

The manner in which Habib Faisal fashions his narrative, there’s no room for any slackening of the excitement. The steady build-up of strong engaging moments and gradual awakening of the romance heightens the enjoyment. With delicious food playing an integral role here, there’s plenty of spice in this cinematic culinary treat. The script is well structured and the dialogues are pretty much befitting to the milieu and the tale. Even the accents are economically rendered. The real magic comes from the perfect mixing of the rich and varied ingredients. The music is tarriffic to say the least and the performances perfectly primed. Parineeti Chopra effervescent charm and chutzpah make Gulrays imminently believable while Aditya Roy Kappor’s sanguine likeableness provides an amiable buffer for the heightening of the excitement. Add to that Anupam Kher’s harried to gamey father and the romantic broth gets all the more appealing. The enticement of a strong social message against dowry harassment , done with subtlety and candor makes the enticement richer. The eventual experience is therefore  strong on aromas, rich to taste! Go get a stomach full..


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