Issaq is an original Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet set in Banaras. The battle-hardened and pleasure-seeking Rahul and romantic yet head strong Bachchi fall in love. Disregarding the consequences, the young lovers choose go ahead with the dictats of their hearts. What follows is a high octane ac...more
Issaq is an original Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet set in Banaras. The battle-hardened and pleasure-seeking Rahul and romantic yet head strong Bachchi fall in love. Disregarding the consequences, the young lovers choose go ahead with the dictats of their hearts. What follows is a high octane action-filled drama. Manish Tiwary's Issaq turns into a commentary on the meaning of love in contemporary India! less
“Issaq is a shoddy adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Good visuals don't make up for a badly executed film with uninspired performances. Skip it.”
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....no, I really do want to understand more about the herbs the characters are allegedly smoking. If they were at the oregano, basil level one could understand why the movie is so tasteless pheeki pheeki si.Picture ka masala tou the producers and his cronies masquerading as sadhus rolled up in a joint and smoked. However if t was something stronger thanmasala powder, I wish they had e passed a joint around for the audience for you HAVE to be this high to not care about the convoluted script and inspid characters. Twenty minutes into the movie and you have no idea what is happening on the screen and frankly you have stopped caring.
It is a mark of how detached you are with the main lead, that you start imagining whether the movie could have been salvaged if they had concentrated on the evil step mother's (played by a Rajeshwari Sachdev who is on fire) adulterous affair with her souten's brother, yes I will allow you to mull over that (played by Ravi Kissen in his second outing this weekend). Sudhir Pandey steps in to play tDaddy Capulet the cuckold, and is best when he is Sanjeev Kumar at a riotous holi party. Yes, the hapless Rahul Mishra/Romeo (Pratheik Babbar who is unfortunately the new Chitrangada Singh..so many hopes, all shattered) and Bachi Kashyap/Juliet (Amyra Dastur, still so Clean and Clear) might have thought they were the star crossed Amitabh Rekha of this movie and of the holi party Rahul gate crashes into, but it is quite clear that slot has been filled quite capably by Rajeshwari and Kissen..y.ou can see the sparks fly each time they step into the frame. There is also a Neena Gupta playing the Nanny who will wail how she wants to see Bachi get married so she can die, but I think she is trying to say Let Me Die If You Cant Get Me Out Of My Contract.
This movie could also have been about Anglo-Indo encounters on the banks of the Ganga. The Benares of that other Mishra (Pankaj Mishra's) world. What if this could have been a cinematic adaptation of his The Romantics.? Pankaj Mishra's Benares looks beautiful when Manish Tiwary (Issaq's director) switches his gaze to the city. But alas this is Tiwary's tribute to Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet...and what a disservice to the Bard has it been.
Over the years there have been a number of campaigns to save the Ganga and its environs from pollution, ill thought dams, from faulty urban planning in the cities the Ganga flows through--it is about time we save the river (and Benares) from being defiled by horrible movies that besmirch its fair name.