Ishaqzaade is a love story of two youngsters belonging to two opposing political families.
Parma [Arjun Kapoor] is a twenty two year old, immature, short tempered bully. He idolizes his grandfather, the patriarchal head of the family. A goof ball that Parma is, his only real ambition in life is to prove himself worthy to his grandfather. Parma loves to flex his family name and power. To make his grandfather win the next elections is the primary aim of his life.
Zoya [Parineeti Chopra] Zoya is a twenty something, boisterous girl from an affluent political family. Living in Almore, a small town in India, she dreams of becoming a MLA, like a child dreams for a toy. The only girl in the all-male joint-family, she is extremely pampered but yet not spoilt. She’s courageous but not rash. Zoya can be very impulsive but is not immature and is someone who can be very practical but at the same time stands for what her heart believes in.
Ishaqzaade revolves around Parma and Zoya, two people born to hate, but destined to love. it’s about their love which is nurtured by the power and revenge between their families. How the unpredictable Parma and ferocious Zoya make their way towards love is what Ishaqzaade is all about.
Habib Faisal treads a very different territory after Do Dooni Chaar, a valentine to the aspirations of a Delhi middle class family, was extremely different from this Romeo and Juliet-like love story set in Almore, a northern smalltown where guns-n-bullets can be bought more easily than potato crisps. Only if he had paid more attention to making the second half crisper, the film would have proved to be a better package.
Amit Trivedi’s music is remarkable for the catchy track Pareshan, while Ranjit Barot’s background enhances the volatile mood of the dramaturgy throughout. Lyrics, by Kausar Munir and Habib Faisal, are nice. Choreographers Chinni Prakash and Rekha make the songs a delight to watch. Cinematography, by Hemant Chaturvedi, is eye-pleasing. Aarti Bajaj’s editing is very good. Sham Kaushal’s action stunts are rough and realistic.
Arjun Kapoor makes an impressive debut as Parma. He has a very good screen presence as well. He’s a welcome addition to Bollywood’s stars club. Parineeti Chopra is outstanding. Although she tends to be high-pitched and the dialogue needlessly refers to her as a ‘top ki beauty’ and ‘bahut khubsurat’, she’s consistently sassy and spunky. Arjun and Parineeti’s on-screen chemistry and excellent performances are the highlights of the film. Apart from Arjun and Parineeti, the other notable name in the film is Gauhar Khan, who plays nautch girl Chand Baby, with great elan. Rest of the cast are provide very good support.
Overall Ishaqzaade is a Passionate Love Story. Arjun and Parineeti’s on-screen chemistry and excellent performances are the highlights of the film. Go and Watch.