Rating: 1/5 (One star)
Star cast: Karisma Kapoor, Rajniesh Duggall, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta, Ravi Kishan, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Arya Babbar, Gracy Singh, Sameer Kochar.
What’s Good: Karisma Kapoor’s earnest performance.
What’s Bad: The ineffective screenplay which tests the audience’s patience; the contrived and unbelievable drama; the useless 3D version.
Verdict: Dangerous Ishhq is boring and insipid.
Watch or Not?: Watch it only if you are interested in the subject of past life regressions.
Reliance Entertainment, BVG Films and Dar Motion Pictures’ Dangerous Ishhq is a thriller based around the past life regressions of a girl.
When supermodel Sanjana’s (Karisma Kapoor) industrialist boyfriend, Rohan (Rajniesh Duggall) is kidnapped by unknown people, Sanjana lands up in the hospital after she is hit in the head while the crime is taking place. In the hospital, Sanjana goes into a trance in which she sees Rohan in a bearded avatar calling her by a different name. In the trance itself, a few medieval-looking, sword-wielding men attack Rohan and Sanjana. Sanjana is able to save Rohan but her trance ends when Sanjana’s doctor friend (Divya Dutta) appears on the scene.
Then Sanjana goes to Rohan’s house, where ACP Singh (Jimmy Shergill) is handling the investigation of Rohan’s kidnapping. Rohan’s father asks Sanjana to stay away from them as he doesn’t approve of her modeling career.
Sanjana then goes to a past life regression specialist who hypnotises her. Under hypnosis, Sanjana sees her previous life, where Rohan and she were lovers torn apart by the India-Pakistan partition. As the drama progresses, Sanjana intermittently lapses into trance, having visions of many more of her past lives. In all these past lives, Sanjana and Rohan are lovers, who are torn apart by evil men who fancy her.
Sanjana then realises that her previous lives have a bearing on the present; she even claims that the villains of her previous lives are the ones who are out to kill Rohan in the present time. Does ACP Singh believe her claims? Is she able to help the investigation and, finally, manage to free Rohan? What is the real connection between her previous lives and the present one? The rest of the drama answers these questions.
Dangerous Ishhq Review: Script Analysis
Amin Hajee’s story is as old as the Stone Age and will not resonate with the audiences of today. Even if this factor is overlooked, Vikram Bhatt’s screenplay is so ineffective and boring that the viewer rarely cares for the several tragedies in Sanjana’s various lives. By establishing the intensity of the love between Rohan and Sanjana, the writers lose out on an opportunity to get the audience rooting for them after they are separated (several times). Apart from a few scenes in the initial part of the drama, when Sanjana gets into a trace, there is hardly anything else which engages the viewer.
The repetitive past life regressions have been blended well into the narrative and the plot does come together in the climax, but by then the viewer hardly cares for anything. Besides, the parts where the past lives have been depicted seem too fake to be convincing. Dialogues, by Girish Dhamija, are clichéd.
Dangerous Ishhq Review: Star Performances
Karisma Kapoor puts in an earnest effort as Sanjana. She looks good in her different avatars and holds the film together to a certain extent. Rajniesh Duggall, as Rohan, has little to do. He does a fair job. Jimmy Shergill is passable as ACP Singh. Divya Dutta does fine job in multiple roles. Ruslaan Mumtaz, as Rahul Thakral, fills the bill. Arya Babbar passes muster. Ravi Kishan is effective. Unfortunately, his track of the story is unintentionally funny. Gracy Singh is alright as Meerabai. Sameer Kochar, Natasha Sinha and others offer average support.
Dangerous Ishhq Review: Direction & Technical Aspects
Vikram Bhatt’s direction is unimpressive. He fails in making the film a compelling watch. Of course, the preposterous script is also to be blamed. Himesh Reshammiya’s music is below-average. Only the Tu hi rab tu hi dua song stands out. Raju Singh’s background score is ineffective. Nidhi Yasha and Manish Malhotra’s costumes are alright. Praveen Bhatt’s cinematography is good. The 3D version of the film adds little value. Poorly-executed computer effects stand out like a sore thumb. Abbas Ali Moghul’s action choreography is passable. Kuldip K. Mehan’s editing is sharp.
Dangerous Ishhq Review: The Last Word
On the whole, Dangerous Ishhq is a poor fare. A concussion is more bearable; maybe you’ll have your own past life regression!