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Daawat-e-Ishq review: Aditya, Parineeti’s film is an unpalatable snoozefest

Daawat-e-Ishq review: The coming together of Gullu and Taaru feels like left-overs.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2014 9:53 am
daawat-e-ishq-review Daawat-e-Ishq review: The coming together of Gullu and Taaru feels like left-overs, because this new Bollywood pairing doesn’t lift off the screen.

Star Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher

Director : Habib Faisal

The story of a bright-eyed Hyderabadi ‘potti’ and a strapping Lucknowi  lad (I would use a better alliteration here, but will desist) swilling biryani and kabab and phirni should be, by all rights, popping with flavour. But ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ is so depressingly bland that you wonder who cooked this one up, and for whom?

Gulrez Qadir (Parineeti Chopra) lives a humdrum life in Hyderabad with her father (Anupam Kher). The duo, tired of timorous grooms and their greedy parents, show up in Lucknow, and run into Tariq Haider (Adtiya Roy Kapur) and family. At this point the film descends into a tiresome contrivance that it never really pulls off, and never recovers from.

Dowry, and the ‘Section 498 A’ (raised portentously many times)  is the bug-a-boo that raises its ugly head in the film, and  you would cheer if its inclusion wasn’t so unbelievably shoddy. Is this some kind of a joke?

The coming together of Gullu and Taaru feels like left-overs, because this new Bollywood pairing  doesn’t lift off the screen.  It’s not for the lack of individual trying. Parineeti is an actor who is consistently watchable, even when she is given a part that’s not completely credible (like in her previous outing, ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’).  And I liked Aditya Roy Kapur in the super-schmaltzy ‘Aashiqui 2’.

Here, both are doing what they are told to do, Parineeti Chopra in the regular-girl make-up and attire as well as in her flashier avatar, and Kapur as the kohl-eyed not-very-educated-but-all-heart guy. But both are left to fend for themselves in a tepid script which goes nowhere slowly.

As Gullu’s straight-laced but loving father, Anupam Kher gives the film its only moments of honesty. The rest is an unpalatable snoozefest.

One and a half stars.

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  1. P
    Jan 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    Are you CRAZY?
    1. A
      Sep 20, 2014 at 2:45 am
      Guys go for it...ADitay and parineeti were awsome and the moviewill hold u tillend so well
      1. K
        kuldeep chandelia
        Oct 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm
        Faadu movie I luv parineeti I give 5star for dis movie
        1. S
          Syed Ahmed
          Sep 19, 2014 at 11:30 am
          Daawat-e-ishq is an invitation for a delicious and an entertaining delight which will keep you glued to your seats throughout the event. Director Habib Faisal prepared all the dishes to fulfill the stomach of the audience with a touch of soothing music and an eye catching cinematography along with some sweet, sour and y dialogues.dialogues. Aditya Roy Kapur impresses me this time by immersing himself completely into the skin of Tariq while Parineeti Chopra not only looks cute but also comes up as a talented actress by taking the entire party on her fresh shoulders and lastly not to forget Anupam kher, who never disappoint us and so did he this time .The core ingredients of the show was the story which was fresh and with a sensitive message as well which will surely spread the awareness of dowry in the nation. All in all, if you are really starving for a fresh and a tasty treat, then you should accept Daawat-e-ishq and head straight to the event to have a lovely time with your family, BON APPE!!!
          1. I
            Sep 20, 2014 at 6:16 am
            It's a YRF movie, what else do you expect? 0.5 star from my side.
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