Movie Review: ISHQIYA (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★½☆
Box Office: Above Avg.


Get ready for tangy, pungent, sizzling and spicy stuff. Be forewarned, ISHQIYA isn’t the fluffy, candyfloss, saccharine sweet story of lovers breaking into songs in mustard fields. In ISHQIYA, you just don’t know what turn the story may take next. Not just the story, even the characters here are so impulsive and unpredictable.

– Bollywood Hungama


Ishqiya is a story of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense, passion, and deceit. Two thieves, Khalujan and Babban, are on the run from their boss, Mushtaq. They seek refuge with an old friend, and instead meet his widow, Krishna. As they plan their escape, their time spent together draws the duo to her, Khalu with his tinted vision of old-fashioned love, and Babban with his lustful eye. The threat of imminent death forces them on a path of violence and betrayal. Set in a rural landscape, Ishqiya explores basic human emotions as influenced by desire, greed and revenge.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “a riveting plot, great performances, soulful music, an absorbing story and skilful direction to make the viewer fall in ishq with it”
4.0 “movie that would make you fall in love instantly”
4.0 “takes you to the unpredictable and lawless interiors of India and makes sure it is a fun and eventful ride all the way”
Star Box Office
4.0 “A smart and wicked delight “
4.0 “Every actor delivers and everyone involved in the making of this movie deserves credit”
4.0 “definitely worth a watch and will make the viewer fall in ishq with it”
DNA India
4.0 “brilliant and a must watch film that keeps you hooked till its very end”
Zee News
3.5 “crazy zany characters and excellent direction”
Real Bollywood
3.5 “an intriguing tale with great performance”
3.5 “unique tale packed with powerful performances”
3.5 “a fun and fabulous film, totally naughty and wicked”
Mumbai Mirror
3.5 “a film that’s fun”
India Today
3.5 “A delicious tragicomic love story; you must sample this”
3.5 “an intriguing tale with great performance”
Now Running
3.5 “an Yi Tu Mama Tambien sort of bizarre romance, an El Mariachi type curry-western, and a City Of God kind of grimy thriller. Yet, the pungent odour is entirely original”
Hindustan Times
3.5 “certainly is a film you will fall in love with. “
3.5 “a sutli bomb (firecracker) that tickles and explodes.”
Times Of India
3.5 “An idyllic tale of love and lies”
3.5 “High on drama and wild at times, you are bound to fall in love with Khalujaan and Babban”
Buzz 18
Average Reviews
2.5 “Watching it isn’t as much of a mistake as believing that this is the last word in entertainment”
Full Hyderabad

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