Production- Yash Raj Films
Director- Habib Faisal
Cinematography- Himman Dhamija
Editing- Meghna Sen
Sound Mix- Dolby Digital|Datasat|Dolby Atmos
Original Music by- Sajid-Wajid
Cast- Aditya Roy Kapur,Parineeti Chopra,Anupam Kher,Sumit Gaddi & Karan Wahi.
Daawat-e-Ishq….The age old tradition of dowry in our country is still encouraged regardless of how far we have come, the only change is that they demand dowry in the guise of favors and diplomatically put it across, saying it’s for our children. Even though demanding dowry is a criminal offence still there is one women dying every hour in the name of this shameless act, which is more of a business rather a tradition. I can understand the parents being from different generation want to follow the tradition, but their children are well educated and of Facebook generation, this is a topic which could go on for long if we sit down to discuss.
Habib Faisal from “Ishaqzaade” and “Bewakoofiyan” , brings you a romantic comedy where the female protagonist deals with a similar issue. Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) frustrated with the rejection due to not meeting the demands in the name of dowry, decides to avenge her insult using the help of the Act “498A“, In the process she meets an unusual character which becomes a hurdle in her way, that forms the crux of the story.
Parineeti Chopra is a feisty actress, she suits well in this attire of angry young women. She did an outstanding job as “Gulrez a.k.a Gullu” . Her character convinces you what she does is right in the movie.
Aditya Roy Kapur is seen in depressing roles in the past, In this they have given him a lively character who loves to feed others “Lazeez and delicious Kebabs” . He plays a role of a restaurant owner which is famous for it’s delicious musalmaani cuisine. He gave a commendable performance as “Tariq“.
Anupam Kher is an actor who can entertain you endlessly regardless of the character he is given, In this he plays Parineeti’s father and makes you laugh at the same time think about the issue all the parents face who have daughters.
Habib made a decent effort on perfecting the Hyderabadi dialect and it was something different which was seen for the second time this year after “Bobby Jasoos”. He kept the essence alive with the characters which gelled well with the set up. The cinematography was vibrant with solid colors by Himman Dhamija which were well edited by Meghna Sen. They did a great job in covering the flavors of delicious cuisine from the streets of Hyderabad and Lucknow.The music by the duo Sajid-Wajid was pleasant and did not become a bump in the story.
Daawat – e – Ishq doesn’t bore you at any point, the screenplay do jumps around here and there, but that is covered by the delicious Kebabs,firni and lip-smacking Biriyani along with good performances by the lead cast. This Daawat offered by Habib with Aditya as Starters, Anupam as the main course and Parineeti as the delectable dessert, becomes a delicious spread which you will not regret tasting it!!!
+’s – Neat direction with tasty performances by the lead cast.
-‘s – Screenplay wanders a bit.