08 May, 2021

Dedh Ishqiya

The Naseer-Arshad camaraderie is just as eff­o­rtless as in the prequel. Madhuri and Huma are to their roles born.

Dedh Ishqiya

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey
Rating: ***

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...

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