2 out of 5 (Okay)
Ishkq In Paris takes off as a frothy affair but ends up being a melodramatic saga which can bore you easily.
Mansha Rastogi Fri, 24 May 2013
This is one film that's really long due. Who would've thought that even the once upon a time superstar Preity Zinta too would struggle to release her production venture? But if the rumours are to be believed, partly through personal crises and partly by not finding the takers, Preity's film Ishkq In Paris remained in the pipelines for a very long time. The film, eventually sees the light of the day and here's a brief review of what this film is all about.
Akash (Rhehan Malliek) is a workaholic agent from London who believes in one night stands and doesn't want to get tangled in relationships. Ishkq (Preity Zinta) withholding pain within prefers losing herself between strangers and doesn't want to marry either. What happens when the two stumble upon each other in the world's most romantic city Paris and decide to spend an entire night partying together? Does cupid strike? Watch the film to know more.
It's safe to state that romance can hardly be devoid of cliches in Hindi cinema and hence probably the most difficult genre to execute in the present times. Directed by Prem Soni who last made the box-office wash out Main Aur Mrs. Khanna seeks inspiration from two of the most celebrated romantic films in Hollywood Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and squashes them together part by part in first and second half.
If the ripping off wasn't enough, he goes ahead and stuffs all the desi elements landing with a tripe film by the end of it. The first half although slightly breezy becomes bearable but it's the drama in the second half, all the hue and cry along with a pointless stress on the backstory is what numbs your sense of boredom.
Preity Zinta is what soothes most of the sore points of the film. Undoubtedly the most ebullient of stars today, Preity makes a comeback in her much loved cute and bubbly self and plays her part well. Rhehan Maliek is easy on the eyes too but you only which there could be more clarity to his character and a wishy-washy job. The renowned French actress/singer Isabelle Adjani may just have been cast owing to her similarities with Preity Zinta in looks because the actress does nothing but appear clueless throughout the film. Salman Khan adds oodles of charm in a small dance cameo itself.
Music by Sajid-Wajid is listless and neither adds or takes away from the story. Cinematography is top notch and the locations in Paris get beautifully captured.
To sum it up Ishkq In Paris takes off as a frothy affair but ends up being a melodramatic saga which can bore you easily.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)