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Ishkq In Paris  : Ishhh, what a risk
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Romantic drama
Prem Raj
Preity Zinta, Rhehan Malliek, Isabelle Adjani
Two strangers, one evening, a special night. They meet again. How do you think it’s going to end?

The plot: Ishkq (Preity Zinta), a guilt-free, commitment-phobic, fun-loving photographer, meets Aakash (Rhehan Malliek), a talent agent on the train from Rome to Paris. They decide to spend the evening together with a no-baggage pact and a promise to never meet again. But he can’t forget her and lands up in Paris again while she can’t get let go of her preset ‘daddy-left-me’ issues. Will he be able to convince her? Awesome!!

The good: Preity Zinta makes an honest effort at being the life of the film but doesn’t succeed. Though she tries to look smoking hot, her face no longer reflects the youthful charm of her Veer Zaara and Salaam Namaste days. The only highlight of the film, when the screen really comes alive, is her song with Salman Khan (‘Kudiye di kurti’), thanks to his star charisma. A special mention to cinematographer Manush Nandan for capturing some really beautiful visuals of Paris.

The bad: The biggest negative is the casting of Rhehan Malliek. This former TV actor overacts in every scene and gets more annoying since his voice is dubbed. His chemistry with Preity never comes across in any major scene. Without that important ingredient between the lead couple, how will a love story ever work? It needed someone equal to Preity’s calibre or at least a popular star. The usually nattily dressed Preity is shabbily clad in some really ultra-short mini-skirts, thigh-length boots (ugh!) with bad hair days to boot (costumes by Surily Goel and Rahil Raja). Academy award-nominated French actress Isabelle Adjani, who plays Preity’s mom Marie Elise, is wasted in her minuscule role, looking out of depth and completely uncomfortable mouthing lines in Hindi, which are of course dubbed. Director Prem Raj tries hard to keep a brisk pace but it just doesn’t come together. In fact, the first half is a bad version of the 1995 romantic drama Before Sunrise starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Not even a single song stands out among the lot (Sajid-Wajid). As a first-time producer, Preity should have done better with her casting and with the story (she even wrote this one herself).

Overall: It’s not worth a movie date. Instead, check out the Eiffel Tower on TV or on your smart phone.

– Latika Mehta

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