Director: Vikram Bhatt.
Cast: Karisma Kapur, Rajniesh Duggal, Jimmy
Shergill, Divya Dutta, Ruslan Mumtaz, Arya Babbar,
Gracy Singh, Natasha Sinha, Ravi Kissen.
the budget is limited and technique is available in
the form of 3D, go for the 'shock and awe' approach
to secure a safe opening weekend and an assurance of
recovery. It worked for Vikram Bhatt with his earlier
film, Haunted, and hence is a formula worth repeating.
in Dangerous Ishq, the maker blends his use of 3D with
spiritualism and reincarnation: the kind of stories
you find in the work of Dr Brian Weiss and Ian Stevenson.
Dangerous Ishq, Vikram Bhatt begins his story of undying
love, jealousy and betrayal in the present era and takes
it back to various earlier incarnations of the lovers
to the 17th Century. Since the subject of reincarnation
can afford all sorts of liberties, the villain as well
as the friends remains constant in all their incarnations
spanning 500 years. The Brian Weiss and Ian Stevenson
stuff is all very well but getting carried away with
it is not; limiting the concept to a couple of incarnations
would have made the film tauter and with a little work
on the twists and turns it would have seemed more plausible
and hence interesting. With limited resources, it is
not really advisable to go into period sub-drama and
end up making it look like street play!
Kapur is a top model, deeply in love with her tycoon
friend, Rajniesh Duggal. She gets an assignment in Paris
for a year but has no heart to leave her boyfriend-cum-fiancé.
She decides to go back to him and wants an instant wedding
but he is kidnapped by a gang of masked men. A whodunit
search begins that takes you back five centuries. Kapur
dons various avatars in previous births like a partition
victim Hindu girl in love with her eternal lover, a
daasi to Meerabai in the 1600s in Mewar, a Mughal warrior's
fiancé and so on.
is told that her villains are her fiance's past lives'
enemies and she recalls their faces and identifies them.
The investigating officer Jimmy Shergil pretends not
to believe her stories but also lets her tag along on
all missions because he is the only one who has been
blessed to remember past lives of all concerned in the
story. As the story traverses from one life to previous
life, the proceeds become so tacky that the film turns
into an unintentional comedy. But you don't laugh with
it, you simply laugh it off.
time the film takes a flashback/forward to present times,
some contemporary villains are added-a supari killer,
the hero's own brother- until one loses the sense of
who is who.
time the police follow a new clue, Kapur's brain takes
her into the past as if she were just clicking a mouse.
If only she did not take the viewer along every time
she went into past; it is torture.
this being a heroine-oriented film, Kapur outsmarts
everybody including the police and the demons. She saves
the hero instead of the other way around as is the norm
in films and it is a happy ending; happy for the sole
reason that it has ended.
Ishq is all wrong soon as it begins. The title shows
a lack of imagination and the rest of the film is a
study in how to squander a good idea. There have been
some classic reincarnation films but this one is a joke
on the theme. Direction is bad, music is wasted in picturisation
and editing is poor. The performances are not much to
write home about either.
Ishq is poor film on all counts.
Forest is a lost cause