#LSD Review : So can you make a sequel that is not dedh times the first one but twice the fun, twice the wit, twice the smartness and twice the entertainment? Abhishek Chaubey and co-writer Vishal Bhardwaj have finally bestowed us with just that.
Dedh Ishqiya is the dark comedy that we have always been craving for. Being Cyrus did it right back in the day, the first Ishqiya inspite being a cult favorite didn’t leave up to the expectation but Dedh Ishqiya finally makes it all worthwhile. Its deeply entertaining, enthralling and smart to begin with. With a slow start itt will suck you in if you are a fan of clever dialogues, brilliant direction and a bit to Sher-O-Shayeri. I don’t want to but, I can’t help but say that this is probably among the best sequels in Bollywood.
Khalujaan and Babban, played by the every fabulous Naseerudin Shah and Arshad Warsi are not figures that will be counted in the realms of big characters like Munna-Circuit but if somehow the film gets the reception it deserves, they just might. There chemistry as always is brilliant. What surprised me however was the chemistry between the every-charming-ageless diva Madhuri Dixit and the gorgeous Huma Qureshi. They outshine the boys in quite a few scenes, and there depiction of the ladies of class is fantastic.
Gorgeously shot, and crisply edited large portions of the film talk about the nawabi culture and lifestyle, seldom seen in the movies now. As with Ishqiya, Bhardwaj’s lilting music adds character to the film, even without the presence of a ‘hit’ number like Dil toh bacha hai ji or Ibn batuta.
Even though Naseer did a few ditchholes last year its safe to say that the man has not lost his touch and he never will. He is flawless and brilliant. Arshad Warsi is always a treat to watch, he gets less screen-time this time, as the focus was mainly on Begum Para and Khalujaan’s romance, but he is always spot on in every scene he has . Huma Qureshi, other then being beautiful makes you love her for her ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ act in the movie. Madhuri Dixit, other then being immensely charming portrays a character that is heartfelt as the vulnerable, stunning widow, and yet, as you peel the layers, you have to applaud her sheer bravura. Manoj Pahwa is great in his small but significant role. Vijay Raaz knocks it out of the park bringing every shade of negativity possible, the actor is a acting guru and that can be see in every scene he opens his mouth in.
I don’t want to shit over the movie by telling you ever the minor plot details. Lets just say its the continuation of the adventures of our two main characters with lots of guns, lots of humour, a brilliant script, some brilliantly written dialogues, and effortless acting talents.
Final Verdict : I was sad to see the poor reception that Dedh Ishqiya has at the box-office. This is one movie that you shouldn’t miss at all.
Rating : 3/5