Issaq has got some textures and interesting characters but they are all wasted by a ridiculous script and sloppy editing. Adapted from the world famous Romeo & Juliet , this version don’t even have a touch of novelty in it.
It’s set in Banaras, it has Rahul Mishra played by Prateik and Bachchi Kashyap played by Amyra Dastur who is the son and daughter of two warring men who are thirsting for each others blood.
Rahul falls in love with Bachchi but her father played by Sudhir Pandey , stepmother played by Rajeshwari Sachdeva and maternal uncle, Teetas played nicely by Ravi Kishan , are unaware of this love affair. Teetas is livid when he gets to know about his niece dating Rahul and he wants to nip the romance in the bud at any cost because of the enmity between the two families. Both the families believe in the language of voilence and bloodshed, making the romance that much more dangerous. However, Bachchi’s Amma played by Neena Gupta is in favour of Bachchi’s choice.
Teetas kills Murari played by Amit Sial, a member of Rahul’s group, when he confronts Rahul to ask him to stop meeting his niece. In retaliation, Rahul murders Teetas. Bachchi’s father now confirms her marriage with police inspector Pritam played by Prashaant Kumar. Bachchi’s wedding preparations are on fast track but Bachchi is against this marriage. Meanwhile, Rahul is on the run as the police is after him for the murder of Teetas. Why, police inspector Pritam also enlists the support of the Naxal leader played by Prashant Narayanan to kill Rahul so that he can marry Bachchi without any hassles. And this, in spite of the fact that the Naxal leader and Bachchi’s maternal uncle were sworn enemies.
The climax never gets thrilling and becomes hugely predictable. It proves a hard slog because the language is often indecipherable. Unlike Gangs of Wasseypur and Omkara, to which it owes much by way of inspiration, the dialogues here are frequently contrived, particularly some of the exchanges between Prateik and Amyra that are peppered with intentional mispronunciations of English words.
This film becomes boring by it’s huge length and dragging editing.three editors are credited with piecing together this film, and yet there are chunks of vital information that appear to have been lopped off carelessly. Significant characters – like a minister who attempts to broker peace between the two warring factions, and a Naxal leader (Prashant Narayanan) who exploits their rivalry – get little screen time to justify their presence in the script. On the other hand, an intriguing subplot about a central character and his affair with a married woman never feels adequately explored.
Whats good here is definitely the acting. Prateik has a charming presence, and the camera clearly loves him. But he struggles – and fails spectacularly – in creating a wholesome, believable character. Amyra Dastur makes a confident debut. She looks pretty and is also a good actor. Ravi Kishan is his usual self as Teetas. Prashant Narayanan gets limited scope and he is good. Prashaant Kumar hardly has anything substantive to do in the role of Pritam, and he is alright. Makarand Deshpande, Neena Gupta , Rajeshwari Sachdeva and Sudhir Pandey (as Kashyap) lend able support. Evelyn Sharma (as Roza), Yuri Suri (as the minister), Amit Sial (as Murari), Malini Awasthi (Manorama), Ishtiyak Khan (as the reporter), Saurabh Yadav (as Paras), Vineet Kumar (as Bihata), Akhilesh Jha (in the role of Mahendar), Sandeep Bose (as Rahul’s father, Mishra), Pradeep Ghosh (as Mishrilal), Parvez Fazal Khan (as Surta) and Mehdi (as Nandkishore) pass muster.
Issaq is ambitious . But it goes through a plot that we have already seen a thousand times. So save your money and time and stay away from this boring madness. I’m going with two stars.