Roses as the way to a girl's heart is so 18th century, its a seekh kebab now, my love. Thankfully Freud never knew about seekh kebabs, for I wonder what he would make of all the imagery in Daawat e Ishq this weekend.
Daawat.. is a perfect foil to the other saccharine sweet release this weekend, all chatkhara and spice.
The opening credits make for a delicious starter, though the Digene of the following fifteen minutes had me worried whether it's going to be all pompous This Is Going To Be Good for me fare. But the wily Parineeti as Gulrez takes you into confidence and you are sure that you won't get heart burn. Anupam Kher as the bewildered father about a world more cunning than his middle class sensibility has shades of his earlier stint building his Khosla Ka Ghosla, but as he brings his A game and kaafi tajruba kaar bawarchi hain you are ready to tuck in. And Aditya Roy, sigh, such a revelation, and I believe he did his own stunts wielding that doughy rotis. Forget what they say about not trusting a fat cook.
The film makers have taken all that they may have read about Food As The New Porn seriously ( but it's all family friendly I promise) and rare is the film where you are grimacing Arey Enough Of The Gaana Show Us The Khaana!
Yes, the Kheer is the new Item Number.
Now what's good about the film.. Well you know what it is about Yash Chopra productions and Habib Faisal.. So secretive about their plots, and though the trailers give you a fair idea that this movie is about a young woman who may be with the guy just to score a free meal and may not stay for dessert, you are curious but why? And how?
Twenty minutes to the interval you know the why and the how ; but just like the 300 th time someone tries to make a well loved recipe you are intrigued and are hoping to be surprised. Which the movie does.
Until it's time for putting the dish on dum, sorry time for the denouement ,when you had to turn down the flame allowing everything to cook in it's juices. Why did you have to hurry up? What is it with this hotch potch resolution? I hate what railway stations have done to film climaxes. Watch the film . You will understand.
So should you watch the film? Well as someone wrote about Bobby Jasoos earlier this year, thank God for a film with Muslims where there are no kajol eyed men to be brought back to the fold. I will add to that no pigeons , no hennaed beards, no Good Muslim taking a bullet as the azaan plays in the background . No Col uncle as best friend and Johnny Walker at sunset. Heck, no courtesan had to swallow a diamond ring and they had a do it yourself nikah, yay. So hipster. Yes, there were was the ubiquitous biryani but it has been sexed up, so qabool hai.
It ain't Master Chef but do RSVP.