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Ishq Vishq Review

Mithun Verma / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
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Good for kids
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Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Without a doubt, the summer's most eagerly-anticipated flick by the dewy-eyed teens is Ishq Vishq. After, that is, Armaan, Andaaz, Boom, Bhoot, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon, Khatra, Jajantaram Mamantaram... So here's presenting to you, a wonder that took the crew 14 months to shoot, but which now only takes 3 hours to show!

Rajiv (Shahid) is a morally virtuous teen - respecting his folks, being loyal to his buddies, going to college everyday and flipping through Penthouse without his underpants off. Payal (Amrita Rao) is his glamourless playmate, loving and stalking him ever since his childhood. Instead of handing her over to the cops, Rajiv decides to hand her over to a more sinister force - his lip-syncing to Kumar Sanu!


Being girl-less (with those rosy lips & flowery clothes, what did you expect, cream boy?) all his life, he jumps at an opportunity and signs the movie! Getting back to the story, Rajiv now professes his 'love' to Payal. This he does purely with the intention of having his first taste of God's best creation. And trying to get it from someone from the opposite sex also adds to his virtuous tag! Payal, a conscientious Kadwa Chouth girl, will have none of this wantonness by Rajiv. And so they break off, with him looking for some other girl to dance with.

Amrita Rao looks tailor-made for her role. It's physically not possible for her to play a gorgeous 'babe'. To describe Shahid, I'd like to use what did in an earlier review, since it was clever and mostly since I don't have to think of anything else - he looks like a before and after ad of a Dancing Academy. Mostly, after.


If there's one thing you don't need in a college set-up, it is a bunch of annoying pinheads as the cliques of the lead pair. This film doesn't, but I don't know if that's good or not 'cos throughout I was wishing they were the lead actors. A special mention to characters named Mambo & Rocky that make this side of the interval, cheesy. Music-wise, the first song of the flick is really cool with slick choreography, vibrant sets and heavenly bodies.

The second half can be described best by the title of a Deftones' song, 7 words:

1. Sucks: because Rajiv and his entire college and the entire crew believe Shenaz to be a Greek goddess. Puh-leeeeeez!
2. Sucks: because Rajiv gets her to like him through a gag that pokes fun at Sachin. A bunch of no-good-keisters, without an aorta of talent, have no right to intend fun at one of the greatest achievers India has.
3. Sucks: because the popcorn's too spicy and you spilled your cola!
4. Sucks: because Rajiv realises that he loves Payal and not Shenaz. There goes your anticipation of a steamy hot scene!
5. Sucks: because you have to witness everyone trying to get emotional. But nobody succeeds in getting there.
6. Sucks: because you realise that you remember useless stuff like seeing Shahid in a Pepsi ad, a music video and in a song from Taal. And even more useless stuff like seeing Shenaz on MTV.
7. Sucks: because the flick has a clich├ęd ending... with the credits coming along!

Clearly evident from above is the fact that Deftones don't have much of a vocabulary. And also that the new generation needs more than glycerine to show some emotion.


Ken Gosh, with the limited paraphernalia, has done a good job. The movie just breezes through and that makes it better than many, many others and earns itself a decent rating. Shahid has a long, bumpy road to go before he can be anywhere near his dad's acting prowess (that's Pankaj Kapoor), but he might get there. Amrita Rao is not all too convincing as a teen and Shenaz definitely looks better on TV - 'cos then, you can turn the damn thing off!

All in all, every once in a while comes along a film. This is such a film.
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Manish Dubey on 14th May 2003, 11:38am | Permalink
poor story
RATING
8
Apu on 16th May 2003, 2:40pm | Permalink
Great movie....light, simple and emotional in parts...good songs and picturisation...only thing it lacks is stars...but who needs them anyway? Rememebr there were too big stars in Devdas, and hardly anyone could sit thru' that movie...
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10
Rashid SHAHID on 17th May 2003, 4:49pm | Permalink
I JUST LOVED THE ARTICLE AND I GUESS IT SHOULD BE RATED HIGH NOT LOW
RATING
10
Sivasakthi Balaji on 17th May 2003, 5:57pm | Permalink
I have never seen such a lousy movie... Story... waste. Hero .. WASTE. Heroine... chalta hai. HeroineII... mmm. Musik... sirf movie ke vaste. Direction... Bekaar. Bus, isse zyada waqt barbaad nahin kar sakta...
RATING
2
Inas Alam on 22nd May 2003, 10:16am | Permalink
Shahid was the best, Shahid is the best and Shahid will be the best. I am your great fan Shahid.
RATING
10
Shelina Miah on 23rd May 2003, 5:49pm | Permalink
Your film is the best because you are in it. you are really sexy
RATING
6
Kompal Ahuja on 24th May 2003, 1:02pm | Permalink
nice
RATING
8
Atul N on 24th May 2003, 3:14pm | Permalink
its lovely movie,
RATING
10
MITALI ROSHAN on 24th May 2003, 3:20pm | Permalink
Shahid is the best person in this film. Moreover, it is very well-made for teenagers. It's a total satisfaction.
RATING
10
Shahid Khan on 5th Jun 2003, 4:06pm | Permalink
DONT SEE MY MOVIE :) DONT WASTE UR MONEY :) MY DUPLICATE HAS ACTED FOR ME :)
RATING
2
Amrita Rao on 24th Jun 2003, 5:07am | Permalink
Check this out
http://www.amritadrao.com

Its cool
RATING
10
Paridhi Kabra on 6th Jul 2003, 4:10pm | Permalink
this is the first film for which i am so crazy.this movie has lovely songs in it. the story is really very good. i liked amrita very much.
RATING
10
Natasja - on 10th Jul 2003, 1:45am | Permalink
I really love this movie.. it's really funny... and cool.. and i'm happy it turned out the good way :)
RATING
10
Urmi on 1st Aug 2003, 4:17am | Permalink
It is so cool that I can't say it in words.
RATING
8
Kash P on 7th Aug 2003, 3:14pm | Permalink
A nice movie. Do not go with a lot of expectations and you'll enjoy it!!
RATING
6
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