Rating: 2/5 stars (Two Stars)
Star cast: Preity Zinta, Rhehan Maliek, Isabelle Adjani
What’s Good: Romantic Comedies are warm and fuzzy.
What’s Bad: An overstretched story invokes a grumbling effect for the entire second part.
Loo break: A few
Watch or Not?: Though I swear by romantic comedies, Ishkq In Paris did not leave a fulfilling impact on me. Despite crisp editing, it is the loose plot, not so compelling story and mostly the unconvincing chemistry which are the film’s primary drawbacks. Unless you are Priety Zinta fan, you can easily give this one a miss!
One night. Two strangers. World’s most Romantic city – Paris. And a night of commitment-less, fun.
Akash and Ishkq encounter each other on Swiss Rail ala DDLJ. They become friends When Harry Met Sally Style and suddenly just when Hum Tum was going to knock at the film’s door; they decided to introduce a family drama track to harp on melodramatic elements of the film.
How Ishkq and Akash survive their test of getting over their commitment phobic nature is what frames the climax of the film!
Ishkq In Paris Review: Script Analysis
Romantic comedies are perhaps the most difficult films to make contrary to popular belief. Romance, being cinema’s most overrated genre, has had many film makers cashing in by framing the story right. However, this film lacks the rich texture of many of your favorite rom-coms.
The story telling is luckily simple but the story itself has no passion and hence it cannot keep its audiences adhered. The attitudes of its characters being very dicey, the film frequently shifts tints. How an independent and ‘live in the present’ woman turn commitment phobic over one flimsy backstory and how a free spirited Akash suddenly falls for Ishkq remains unclear. Even if I stop digging for clues to follow the track, the set up itself is blandly done which kills the film’s romanticism. I could not single out the reason why Ishkq is so weary of love and nothing in the film could prove it strongly enough. Bollywood romances flow from the legacy of Yash Chopra and now with such films in the market, it is a culture shock to realize what such film makers are making of Bollywood.
Ishkq In Paris Review: Star Performances
Undoubtedly Priety Zinta still ranks as Bollywood’s most vivacious actress. She is back with her cute dimples, unseen on screen zing and zestful screen presence. It has always been a treat watching her!
Rhehan Maliek is too visibly inspired by SRK, it seems. His acting resembling too much with the superstar’s, the man doesn’t realize that a few caricatures are reserved for King Khan alone. Mostly confident, this man remains stationary throughout the film in terms of emoting!
Together the two put up the most implausible chemistry on screen. Going by Zinta’s enthusiasm, it takes Maliek a lot to look bad with her. But with caliber, the man manages to seem sapless well enough!
Salman Khan, who makes a special appearance in a song, makes for the most whistle- worthy scenes in the film! Khan’s stature is enough to concretize the skeletal work of any film.
Ishkq In Paris Review: Direction, Music and Editing
Prem Raj chose an inadequate script. With a lot of impending work left on it, it seems they pasted on celluloid one of the story’s first drafts. Prem Raj’s style of work however is easy going and well spaced out. Without complicating the story, his minimalistic airs tries its best to save the film! Paris looks exquisite in every possible scene. Craftily handled, the camerawork and cinematography both departments have done a sufficiently decent job. The music is not very memorable but it doesn’t interfere with the story and hence it stands bearable!
Ishkq In Paris Review: The Last Word
Ishkq In Paris that begins as a believable tale of modern day love culminates into shaky misguided climax. Priety Zinta who is back on silver screen does a pleasing job but her film fails to match up to her bygone colossal stature. Unable to find anything heartwarming in the film, I am settling for 2 on 5 for this one. With a couple of commendable elements like smoothness of its narrative, the movie does not work for most part because of its constant attempt at being melodramatic and the lack of an effortless script! Priety fans can gear up for it, the rest can re-watch Hum Tum.
Ishkq In Paris Trailer
Ishkq In Paris will release on 24th May, 2013.
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