Lately, there have been a lot of sequels Krrish 3, Dhoom 3, etc; all of which have been more successful than their highly successful prequels. The same can be said about Madhuri Dixit’s come-back film Dedh Ishqiya, which is a sequel to the hit 2010 dark comedy Ishqiya. Bollywood Celebden presents Dedh Ishqiya Review.
Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi reprise their roles of Khalujaan and Babban from the previous film. Like Ishqiya, this film is also set in a small-town, and has the rustic, age-old charm to it. That’s just about what is same between the two films. The story of Dedh Ishqiya is nothing like the previous film.
The first film had a love-less Krishna, played by Vidya Balan, who literally uses Shah’s and Warsi’s characters to settle her scores. The film was successful because of its captivating plot and a slightly non-linear screenplay that included just the right amounts of wit, romance, and darkness that was hitherto unseen on the Indian screen.
Dedh Ishqiya follows the plot of Ishqiya and goes on with the escapades of the duo Khalujaan and Babban. This time, instead of the two falling in love with the same woman, there are two. One is the seductive, mysterious and intriguing Begum Para (played by Madhuri Dixit) and the other is her right-hand-woman Muniya (played by Huma Qureshi). The four take the viewer onto an other-worldly journey filled with love and betrayal.
Begum Para of Mahmudabad hosts a poetry contest in her mansion, attended by the best poets across the nation. Among them is the ‘poet’ Khalujaan (played by Naseeruddin Shah), who poses as a Nawab and a poet; just to woo the Begum.
Babban (played by Arshad Warsi) comes to the town to get Khalujaan out of the ‘love-trance’ and to get him back to their usual ways but falls in love at first sight with Muniya. Now Muniya is mysterious in her own stead, sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet gangsters and plot.
What happens later forms the story and is a roller-coaster ride. Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi are at their Khalu and Babban best while Madhuri Dixit makes a power-packed comeback to the screen with her character.
The screenplay and the direction are impeccable. While Vishal Bharadwaj, Gulzar and Abhishek Chaubey scripted the film together, Chaubey has once again proven his excellent directorial skills with this film.
Overall verdict: This movie is worth a watch.