Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey
In Ishqiya, Abhishek Chaubey brought alive our collective love for the old Hindi film songs. In the sequel, Dedh Ishqiya, he goes a step ahead; he leads us to the lush world of sher-o-shairi and mushairas, ghazals and qawwalis. The loveable small-time crooks—Khalujaan-Babban (Naseer-Arshad)—return, but their arena changes. From the badlands of Gorakhpur they move to the sumptuous, crumbling havelis in Mahmoodabad in Awadh, a place where crime follows its own etiquettes, an unwritten code that rides high on adab, tehzeeb and saleeka.
The many misdemeanors and offences are all in the name of love, a love fleeting and elusive. And it’s not just the callow love of youth that we witness but...