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Issaq  Rating: 1.5/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

Issaq’, directed by Manish Tiwary has texture, some interesting characters, and a premise ripe with potential. Yet all that is squandered away in this rather literal adaptation of Romeo and Juliet because of an incoherent screenplay and sloppy editing. At nearly two hours and thirty minutes, ‘Issaq’ is a plodding bore of a film that inspires neither empathy for its romantic leads, nor enough contempt for those who drove them to their tragic end. It’s an exhausting and predictable exercise in futility. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for ‘Issaq’. Shakespeare won’t be thrilled. And neither will you.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

ISSAQ banks heavily on guns and violence, as is the demand of the script. Even though the territory of the script is known to all, it’s the screenplay that keeps the film moving frame by frame. The narrative does get lengthy and stretched at times, courtesy the loose editing at places. Had the editing been crisper, it would have left an indelible impression for sure. While the first half of the film is slow moving and uneven, the post-interval portions are a bit stretched.On the whole, ISSAQ is absorbing and convincing in parts, not in entirety. The final outcome could’ve been even more impactful had it not been stretched.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror

But it is a strange, heavy-handed film that staunchly refuses to entertain until the very end (and even here, you know exactly what’s coming). Perhaps it comes at a wrong time when Bollywood is OD’ing (overdosing) on UP-based romances and the audience is tiring. Ishaqzaade is not entirely dissimilar and, even though it’s a middling movie on its own, looks every bit a classic when compared to Issaq. Issaq requires tremendous effort and patience to get through (let alone like), and in the end, it is simply not worth it.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:ETC

The story, written by Manish Tiwary, Padmaja Thakore Tiwary and Pawan Sony, is oft-repeated and there is no novelty in it. A boy and a girl, from two warring families, falling in love and defying all obstacles to try and unite has been the subject matter of many earlier Hindi films and this one offers the same plot and story. On the whole, Issaq is a dull and dry drama in spite of abundant violence and action in it. It lacks in entertainment value and will, therefore, fail to deliver at the ticket windows.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Manish Tiwary’s ‘Issaq’ lacks vibe, soul or depth needed for a classic love story. With incoherent narrative, unsketched characters, wispy (sometimes embarrassing) dialogues, one good melody in the whole ditty (Issaq tera); pointless shooting (mostly in the dark), gold-plated bandooks and bombs galore – Tiwary misses every target. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs …” – Shakespeare. This love saga leaves us sighing …

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

After the recent Raanjhanaa, Varanasi is back in focus in this week’s Issaq, as the setting for a love story based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But neither the town nor the author would be grateful for this representation, which stays consistently high-pitched and doused in blood and bullets and melodrama. Issaq sounds like so many of the other recent UP-as-badlands films, without a singular voice of its own. Finally, it drowns in its own noise.

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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

It is a preposterously bad film, a shoddy wannabe that — despite taking scraps from the table of Shakespearewallah Bhardwaj — lacks ambition, soul, clarity. In case you were wondering, that title is pronounced iss-suck. And the film takes that last syllable far, far too seriously. This is a monstrosity, a shoddily put-together collection of weakly written scenes that don’t even attempt to flow from one scene to the other. The editors may be the chief culprits here, but the leading man must be chastised first. Issaq is, then, an insultingly bad film.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

 Issaq, which runs for nearly two and a half hours, suffers from an overload of plots and sub-plots that are peopled with sketchily fleshed out characters that walk into the frame abruptly and vanish just as hastily. As a result, the film feels more like a vengeance saga than the emotionally charged tragedy that it is supposed to be. All that Issaq manages to be, despite all the sparkling compositions that the cinematographer strings together, is an unconvincing story of ill-fated love. It is not at all easy to sit through.

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Ratings:– Review By: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24by7

That said, director Manish Tiwary sets out with a safe story that banks on Shakespeare’s tragic romance ‘Romeo and Juliet’. However, he and his co-writers Pawan Sony and Padmaja Thakore Tiwary are unable to retain the simplicity of the classic and end up creating an incoherent love story that stretches over 150 minutes.There are plots and sub-plots, attacks and counter-attacks, and numerous characters that make this revenge saga rather bewildering. While the director might deny any Bollywood influences, it’s tough not to ignore glimpses of ‘Ishaqzaade’ and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ in his canvas. With Bollywood inundated with glorious stories of love, this one just doesn’t make us skip a heartbeat.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

What’s Good: There is just one good thing in Issaq and that is its picturesque cinematography. What’s Bad: Everything Else. Everything! Watch or Not?: Issaq was indeed a thorough waste. With such a promising idea, the film’s pseudo-artistic style of narration is half baked and dishonest. Barring a few picturesque shots that encapsulate the fascinating charm of Benaras, the film has absolutely nothing more to boast of. Even if you have a lot of time to spare, avoid this; it comes with the price of aspirin.

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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham

ISSAQ is being touted as the Indian adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. At least Manish Tiwary has been honest here in revealing the source of his story line. But adapting it to suit Bollywood cinematic sensibilities and the times we live in takes another level of creativity. What Tiwary does here is bring the level of Shakespeare’s lovers to something akin to a joke.ISSAQ is a love story set in troubled times with troubled families. ISHAQZAADE was the same. Dig out a DVD of this Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer instead.

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  1. ADMM please remove " Ratings:2/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi" review.. its same as for Bajate raho.

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  3. When, in the very first half, people of all ages sitting around you in a multiplex auditorium start giggling, chattering, commenting, questioning and mocking on the relativity of the film & the sensibility of the filmmaker, one must learn that there is something that has gone wrong while trying to create something impressive.

    Manish Tiwary’s ISSAQ- a modern day adaptation of Shakespearean love-story Romeo & Juliet, is one such shameful effort that scrawls and struggles to be ambitiously epic romantic thriller set in Banaras. But thanks to the brigade of most horrible performers in the cast, tacky screenplay and the immature-uncontrolled-abandoned direction that submerges all the potentials and promises to make it an unintentionally funny outing for cinema-lovers.

    First of all, the Banaras shown here is not the likeable-lovable-pleasingly colourful Banaras of ‘Raanjhanaa’ but more of a bloody violent-fiercely infuriated & uncivilized rustic one that breathes into an air filled with the smell of gunpowder & explosives of all kind. Rahul & Bachchi [played by Prateik & Amyra] falls in love despite all the warnings to stay away from each other as they belong to families of blood-thirsty rivals. And, they only look at it as just another reason to keep the war alive to establish one’s supremacy.

    Unexpectedly ISSAQ has some of the best talents in its ensemble supporting cast like Prashant Narayanan as menacing naxal leader, Neena Gupta as the old confidante & caretaker, Rajeshwari Sachdev as manipulative young wife to Sudhir Pandey- another respected name and Makrand Deshpande as witty babaji with chillum…but for one or another reasons, they all look wasted and quite out of the place in their acting skills probably because of the bumpy- patchy messy plot-subplot labyrinth. Pratiek needs serious lessons in acting including voice modulations. Amyra impresses especially in a scene where she had to recite excerpts from Jayshankar Prasad’s Kamayani in the classroom. Ravi Kishan knows his limits and decides better not to break them. Vineet Singh sure had a longer canvas to milk his potential but not the better one.

    In a scene when Makrand sees his devotees getting bored and feeling drowsy over his divine gyaan, he immediately switches to perform a miraculous gimmick to keep them attentive. Unfortunately, Manish Tiwari didn’t have even such gimmicks to make viewers indulged and devoted to the film. Language being too colloquial-too slangish, editing being weirdly abrupt at places and the uncleaned visual effects are just a few put-offs to name. Only positives are the cinematography and detailing in the art & setting department. You can look out for the real Banaras but only in corners of the frame and in the backdrop, mostly out of focus!

    All in all, this mocking love-story that doesn't even spare itself to laugh at, is nothing but a complete waste of nearly 2 & half hours and your hard earned money! Leave it alone…and better look out for other options of entertainment, this weekend! [1.5/5]

  4. This is called a pure waste.

  5. Waste of money and waste of tym….. plz ban the stupid actor saaala doin koudi ka actor jisein acting ka kisse bhe skilll pata nahi hein

  6. such type of films should be banned from relies..complete waste of time..

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