Movie Reviews; Dedh Ishqiya (2014) *Naseeruddin Shah - Madhuri Dixit - Arshad Warsi*

Directed byAbhishek Chaubey
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Vishal Bhardwaj
  • Abhishek Chaubey
  • Gulzar
Music byVishal Bhardwaj (Music Review)
Editing byA. Sreekar Prasad
StudioVB Pictures
Shemaroo Entertainment
Distributed byShemaroo Entertainment

Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama):
While ISHQIYA was earthy and rustic, one gets to witness an alternate universe in DEDH ISHQIYA. There are layers to the story that baffle you. This time, it's even more dicey and perilous. On the whole, DEDH ISHQIYA is a worthy follow up to the widely admired ISHQIYA. Powerful writing, superb direction and outstanding performances make DEDH ISHQIYA a must watch. Just don't miss it! Rating 4/5
 Rajeev Masand (CNN IBN):
The film’s crackling humor, set to Bhardwaj’s terrific dialogues, is its biggest strength. From laugh-out-loud punch-lines to cheeky repartee, Dedh Ishqiya has some of the most inspired writing you’ve seen on screen recently. Dedh Ishqiya gives the UP badlands a light cloak of humor and, to the viewer – we’re happy to note – a bold reveal that is more suggested than emphasized. I’m going with four out of five for director Abhishek Chaubey’s Dedh Ishqiya. Like heady wine, it delivers a welcome kick. Rating 4/5
The first major release of 2013 (Dedh Ishqiya) has also set the bar particularly high for all films to arrive in the next 12 months. Dedh Ishqiya is hilarious with its poetic banter, dark humour and is also an astute thriller which manages to entertain the audiences from start to finish. Start your year with a cinematic high by watching Dedh Ishqiya. Rating 4/5
 Anupama Chopra (Hindustan Times):
Director Abhishek Chaubey’s new installment in the adventures of the lovable rogues - Khalujan and Babban - is rich in atmospherics and poetry. I also struggled with the Urdu - it was melodious but I wish I understood more of it. Still Dedh Ishqiya is worth watching just for Abhishek Chaubey’s ambition and boldness. This is not a director constrained by the demands of the box office. I’m going with three stars. Rating 3/5
 Meena Iyer (Times Of India):
Dedh Ishqiya is a sequel to the zany 2010 black comedy Ishqiya. Like its prequel, the idiom and the setting are rural. What's also nice is the contemporary thought woven in.So, the desi-yuppies can connect. Vishal Bharadwaj's dialogue keeps you in splits. The free usage of words like sex and chu**yapaa tickle the funny bone. Rating 3.5/5
 Rashma Shetty Bali (Bollywood Life):
All in all Dedh Ishqiya is a must watch for movie lovers. Unlike most of today’s commercial hit films, it is not a ‘no brainer’. Instead, take your thinking minds on an exciting joyride that impels you to enjoy an aesthetic and exciting movie watching experience. We give this film a near ‘Perrrrfect’ tag, in true Madhuri style! Rating 4.5/5
 Raja Sen (Rediff):
This is a rare joy. It’s a genuinely smart film. It’s beautifully, lovingly shot. The music aids the narrative instead of distractingly taking it hostage. It’s the most quotable Hindi movie in years. It's a sequel that leaves even a highly original first-part far behind. And, for a film so accessible, it’s armed with the most cunning, most delicious twist. It’s terrific -- and a half. Dedhriffic, then. Rating 5/5
 Karan Anushman (Mumbai Mirror):
A melange of genres, the genesis of Dedh Ishqiya's moods might've roots in the works of a cross-section of cinema -  but it stays consistent to the form it chooses and creates an atmosphere that only comes when hearing good poetry. Oh yes, the sequel, the film significantly better than Part I. Dedh Ishqiya - it's texture, dialogue, and performances - make it good enough to hold up in a repeat viewing. And that's a lot more than you can say about the majority of other films. Rating 3/5
 Saibal Chatterjee (NDTV):
Dedh Ishqiya is in many respects appreciably more enthralling than Ishqiya. Dedh Ishqiya entertains, but does so in a manner that does not trifle with the intelligence of the audience. Here is an exceptional film that does not have to negotiate the kind of facile crowd-pleasing narrative formulations that most Bollywood flicks must necessarily wade through in order to get to the Rs 200-crore mark. Dedh Ishqiya might not get there, but it is a triumph of measured craftsmanship and storytelling finesse. Rating 4/5
 Rachit Gupta (Filmfare):
There’s a general rule with sequels, they seldom get better than the original movie. But like always there are exceptions to every rule. Dedh Ishqiya is just that. It’s one up on Abhishek Chaubey’s previous film. It serves up more surprises, more laughs and more thrills than Ishqiya (2010). It’s a little bittersweet right at the end. But the slightly underwhelming climax is preceded by witty dialogue, pulp fiction set pieces and cinematic twists that make its lengthy runtime well worth the watch. Rating 4/5
 Subhra Gupta (Indian Express):
There is much to be liked in the film, and I wish all of it had been as good as the scintillating bits. I also missed some of the robustness and the spikiness of the original.‘Dedh Ishqiya’ has its high points, but it isn’t a stayer. Next time I want `dhai’ all the way. Rating 2.5/5
 Suhani Singh (India Today):
Dedh Ishqiya doesn't want to be a successful franchise, it wants to be a good movie which keeps the viewers entertained. Dedh Ishqiya's success can be attributed to the taut story of Darab Farooqui which is aided by Chaubey's fine screenplay, Vishal Bhardwaj's rib-tickling, naughty dialogues and Dr Bashir Badr's lovely Urdu poems. Rating 4.5/5
 Mihir Fadnavis (First Post):
Dedh Ishqiya is smarter, funnier, richer and way more gorgeous than its predecessor.  The film deserves to make hundreds of crores, because it’s a hundred times better than part one. It’s a rare movie that delves in intelligent humor and succeeds so brilliantly. It transported me to a more cheerful and less cynical headspace and I fell for it all the way. Rating 4.5/5


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