Director: Habib Faisal
Runtime: 125 Minutes
Hyedrabad and Lucknow. What do these two cities have in common ? Well, a lt of things and food (read Non-veg food) is one of the bissgest one. Now, a story which moves between these two cities and has a tagline of a “mouth-watering love story” just fits the description, right ? Only, Daawat-e-Ishq does Not.
The biggest flaw of the story is the way it has been captured. Cinematography is the worst that you’ve seen in ages. Especially, with a story concept as such. The instagram food pictures look far better than the how the mouth-watering dishes (names which make you crave for some) have been shot, that too when the hero (Aditya Roy Kapoor) runs a restaurant!!!
Definitely, the foodie in me was deeply hurt. But, anyways, the story (atleast the concept) is something to ponder into. Its about Dowry and how even the padha-likha youth of our country still doesn’t see it as the evil it is.
But apart from this concept, there’s hardly anything that goes right for this movie. It makes you wonder, whether you are watching the unedited and still unpolished version of the movie.
Anupam kher puts in a solid performance as Habibullah and that is probably the only character you’ll remember once this boring saga ends on the seen-it-thousand-times-before climax.
Although a lot of detailing and effort has gon into the accent (hyedrabadi as well as lucknowi), supporting characters, location and food details, yet it all seems like a school skit in front of your eyes and when you have to pay for this, you feel wronged.
This happens to be Parineeti’s worst performance till date, while for some strange reasons Aditya Roy kappor manages to make a little mark. Of course, giving those terrible song-and-dance routines would have been better. There are moments and typical Hyedrabadi dialogues that do make you laugh, but unless you have been associated/familiar with it, it won’t have much of an effect.
Daawat-e-Ishq is an opportunity gone wasted to highlight the terrible plight of dowry system prevalent in India. What it does however is bore you out with something that is not even close to mediocre. Sadly, it doesn’t bring out the simplicity of Do dooni Char not catches up with the flamboyance of Ladies vs Ricki behl by the same director, Habib Faisal.
I’m going with 1/5 for the movie. Go enjoy the biryani at a hyedrabadi joint near you, instead of qubooling this daawat.