Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bollywood Hindi Movie Ishkq In Paris Review

Cast: Preity Zinta, Rhehan Malliek, Isabella Adjani, Shekhar Kapur
Director: Prem Raj

Movie Story : A girl and a guy meet cute on a train going to Paris, spend a night wandering about the city, and come out on the other side with a status that's complicated. This one line brief has resulted in so many engaging love stories, that I went in a tad hopeful. This was, after all, Paris and Preity, a city with magic and a girl with sparkle. Who knew what that combo may yield? Sadly, Ishkq In Paris comes off mostly derivative, and wholly predictable.

Preity plays Ishkq (yes, that's her name) who lives in Paris with her beautiful French mum (Adjani). She's the kind of girl who thinks nothing of taking off for a weekend to Rome because she 'loves being served by Italian waiters'. She wants to have fun but is commitment phobic. Which seems just such a perfect fit with Akash (Malliek), who is exactly the same. Their meanderings around dim-lit strangely-empty Parisian cafes and streets, with the mandatory Eiffel Tower moment, are filled with chatter, all very Before Sunrise. Some of that yakkity-yak is dotted with a few funny lines; you smile. And then you stop.

Because soon enough, all the clich├ęs that you can think of start popping up, and it all becomes downbeat. Ishkq is the way she is not because that's who she is. The poor thing has daddy issues. Dear old daddy (Kapur, looking grizzled in a tiny cameo) left her and mum, see? Which leads to abandonment issues. If daddy scarpered, so will Akash, won't he? So on and so forth. There's even a cloudburst that accompanies an emotional blow-out between Ishqk and Akash: you know, the kind that used to happen in the movies of yore where the rain-water mingled with the heroine's tears. Remind me again, we are in 2013, yes?


Predictable, boring but if you want to see Miss Zinta, go for it. If you don’t want to go for it, you can catch our walkthrough of the movie here!

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