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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dedh Ishqiya

Casts: Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit and huma Khan.

Banner: Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt Ltd, Shemaroo Entertainment.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Raman Maroo

Writer: Darab Farooqui

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Release Date: 10th January 2014

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Abhishek Chaubey was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh to Mr.Anand Mohan Chaubey and Sheela Chaubey. He spent his early childhood and adolescence in Jamshedpur, Patna and Ranchi. He completed his tenth standard from St. Xavier's School, Ranchi in the year 1 993, completed 12th from Siva Sivani Public School, Hyderabad in the year 1995, and then did his graduation in English literature from Hindu College, New Delhi in the year 1998. Moving to Mumbai, he did a course in Film & Television Production from Xavier Institute of Communications befor taking a headlong plunge in the world of hindi films.

Abhishek Chaubey started his career as an associate director and co-writer with film director, Vishal Bhardwaj, starting with Vishal's debut Makdee (2002). He went on to assist him in all his subsequent films, and most notably co-wrote Vishal's trendsetting Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Kaminey (2009).

Eventually, he debuted as a film director with Ishqiya (2010), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi, the film was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and won rave reviews for him.

Facts And Figures:

• The role of supporting actress first was offered to Asin Thottumkal but, she refused to work in a supporting role in Dedh Ishqiya and in one interview she said that she thought that her role is not very attractive so, she left the project. Kangana Ranaut then signed Dedh Ishqiya and said she was going to start shooting soon. But in December 2012 she opted out due to date issues. Huma Qureshi replaced Kangna Ranaut.

• Madhuri Dixit performed mujra to a song titled Apne Karar Mein.  Pandit Birju Maharaj choreographed the dance sequence for Madhuri Dixit for the film.

• In May 2013, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah shot an intimate scene with Madhuri Dixit.'Dedh Ishqiya' first look released on Oct 25, 2013. The trailer was released on 8th Nov, 2013

My Gut Feel and comments:

Abhishek Chaubey nurtured under supervision of vishal bhadwaj and his films are also reflection of vishal’s school of cinema which is in a way dark and semi commercial in presentation. I liked Abhishek’s directorial debut film ishqiya and found first half quite interesting however film lost the grip towards the end which deprived it off being a cult entertainer.  This time I am hoping that Abhishek has done the justice and came up with a tight gripped story and screenplay as he has been blessed with ace performers like Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit.  

Budget of this movie is moderate like any other movie of Vishal’s production house which increases the chances of recovering the money at box office.  Vishal’s movies never claimed to be masala entertainers with huge crowd pulling star cast which lead to its appeal to niche limited audience. Same seems to be case with Dedh Ishqiya.  I am expecting it to be a film with fast pacey first half and better overing then its prequel. Bring on optimistic side, I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, four days before the release.
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