Dedh Ishqiya is a great portrayal of love, lust & greed. There’s so much to like in here. It’s the best film I’ve seen this year. Like the first film writer director Abhishek Chaubey and co-writer Vishal Bharadwaj puts Babban and Khalu Jan in a dark land of fantasy which hasn’t got many connection to real life. This film is more ambitious and more rich than Ishqiya.
There are plenty of moments when I laughed out loud. Somehow the writers evoked laughter in the darkest situations. The plot of Dedh Ishqiya starts with Khalu Jan played by Naseer Uddin Shah who is intending to win a shayari competition. The competition is organized by Begum Para played by Madhuri Dixit Nene. Begum Para is a widow and is searching for a husband. Begum Para’s aide Muniya played by Huma Qurashi is very much a feisty girl and Babban played by Arshad Warsi falls in love with her. The screen play adventures from drama to dark comedy and finally to a crazy running gag sequence.
But the film is in some portion undoubtedly very slow. The screen play could have been a lot crispier. I agree that the women in here are very much independent and mysterious. But they’re characters aren’t as twisted as Vidya Balan’s in the first film. Also the urdu lines are good and melodious but I hoped I could understand it more.
I didn’t buy the slow screen play but I bought the fantastic performances by the leads. Naseer Uddin Shah did a fantastic job. Though in some scenes he looked a little limp but on the whole he did a mind blowing job. It’s simply a delight to watch Madhuri playing Begum Para. I get to see her dance in celluloid after so many years. Arshad Warsi did the best job in the film. There wasn’t a single time his character looked limp. Where as Huma Qureshi shined as Muniya. Vijay Raaz, Manoj Pahwa also did absolute justice to their roles.
So you must watch this film if your looking for something out of the box. I’m going with three and a half stars.