To try a hand at a dark comedy needs sharpness, wit and intelligence. Fabricating a praiseworthy tapestry of mystery with Ishqiya, director Abhishek Chaubey’s last tryst with the noir was a great success. As the director and his team furthers the journey of Ishqiya with Dedh Ishqiya, the able trailer incorporates well the same quirky elements that won our hearts the last time.

Kalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) still seem to be on the run but this time time their story finds a newer background with the promise of a far more inspired climax. The film’s trailer introduces us to the seven stages of love namely – Dilkashi, Uns, Mohabbat, Aqeedat, Ibadat, Junoon and finally it all culminates into Maut (Death). Chaubey hints at a similarly inspired story like last time, but the only contingency I found was the vacuum of a cleverly formulated love triangle. Though the pairings between Nasseruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit and Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi are distinctly contoured out, one can surely hope that the layered drama with its well etched out suspenseful elements will be a treat to unravel.

Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in a still from Dedh Ishqiya
Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in a still from Dedh Ishqiya

Based on the backdrop of brothels, the trailer maintains a rustic old world charm. Even the background is so well suited, that it adds great weightage to the overall aura of the trailer. For this film to fare well it is needed that the trailer is inkeeping with the texture of its prequel. Chaubey’s storytelling if measured by his last release in nothing short of compelling.

Bunched with powerful actors here, I can’t wait to watching Nasseruddin Shah replicating his charming romance with Madhuri Dixit or the sparkling feat of passion between Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi. The cunning factor of the story is evident from the wickedness that is shown to us in glimpse and the rollicking dialogues do bring back memories from Ishqiya. Remember, “Kya mamu, tumhaara ishq ishq, hamara ishq sex?“. It gets replaced with Dilkashi (Sex)…….Uns (Sex)…….Mohabbat (Sex)…Akidat (Sex)…..Ebadat (Sex)…..Junoon (Sex).

Signing off with a somber note, the trailer ends with a doom as we are told that love has yet again landed Babban and Khalujaan in a mess. They are in the last stage of love we are told, Maut…. Death.

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