DIRECTOR: Vikram Bhatt
CAST: Karisma Kapoor,Rajneesh Duggal,Jimmy Shergill,Ruslaan Mumtaz,Arya Babbar,Divya Dutta
Some films manage to baffle you from start to finish. Dangerous Ishq is one of those: it is unbelievable in all kinds of ways,not one of them pleasant. Is this the film Karisma Kapoor,whos been away on extended mommy leave,chose for a comeback? Seriously?
Its not like she doesnt have anything to do here. Shes busier than all the men put together,giving us four Karismas for the price of one. She starts off by being Sanjana,svelte ramp-walker,madly in love with rich businessman Rohan (Duggal). All is hunky dory till a kidnapping wrenches the lovers apart,and then begins one of the messiest,most patience-stretching flicks Ive seen in a while,which drags us from this year of our lord into several layers of the past,flashing back to pre-Independence Punjab,then to some time in the Mughal era,and then to Meera Bais Rajasthan. This gives our leading lady the chance to get togged out in all kinds of fancy dresses,rush around trying to solve whos behind the kidnap,and speak in dialects: I couldnt make up my mind who was more hilarious,purely on the basis of the accent: Karisma,the mainu-tainu Punjaban,or Karisma,the thaaro-maaro Rajasthani woman.
Shergill is the cop who is in charge of solving the case. He snaps his fingers,and raps out to his underlings: Double up! Quick! There are other men (Mumtaz,Babbar) floating around on the periphery,trying to make sense of what theyve been asked to do,which could be anything from drawing swords,to consorting with long-haired soothsayers,to getting strapped in chairs with amateur-looking bombs that look as if theyve been assembled from a toy kit.
Karisma looks unbelievably trim for a do-bachchon-ki-amma,but that doesnt stop her from sliding all the way back into her familiar 90s-style acting,where everything was over the top,from arch expressions to clothes to make-up. This is a terrible film,with not one redeeming factor.