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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Bollywood preview: Issaq likely to win over Bajatey Raho, Nasha

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 26, 2013
First Published: 10:44 IST(26/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:51 IST(26/7/2013)

Film: Issaq
Cast: Amyra Dastur (debut), Prateik (last seen in Ekk Deewana Tha; 2012), Ravi Kishan (last seen in Mere Dad Ki Maruti), Rajeshwari Sachdev (last seen in Malik Ek; 2010)  and Makarand Deshpande (last seen in My Friend Pinto; 2011)
Storyline: This modern-day Romeo and Juliet love story is set in Varanasi, and that’s more or less all anyone needs to know. For those who must know more — there’s a young girl and a young boy, who fight all odds for their undying love for each other. 

Director
Manish Tiwary (last directed Dil Dosti Etc; in 2007) Starring Imaad Shah and Shreyas Talpade, the multi-starrer was produced by Prakash Jha. It received some good reviews. However, it didn’t leave a very lasting impact on the audience’s minds. 

Music
Sachinn Gupta, Krsna, Sachin-Jigar
The title track Issaq tera and the song, Aag Ka Dariya, have received special mention in positive reviews; others haven’t been impressed with the soundtrack.

Controversies/stunts
Since the film is set in Varanasi, the makers appointed some paan wallahs at two city multiplexes, to give the audiences a glimpse of the authentic north Indian creation. On the flipside, if the owners find excess paan stains around their premises, at least they’ll know who to blame.  

Marketing/hype
The makers attempted to have the film screened at the Taj Mahal, unfortunately they were denied permission, so they are organising a show that will be held
at a theatre near the heritage site.  

Our assessment
The indomitable spirit, Prateik, is back! This time, he’s cast opposite a newcomer, who only smiles coyly in the promos that do nothing to entice you. To top all that, thanks to Prateik’s announcement, we also know how this ends — apparently Romeo and Juliet don’t die in this version. But on the bright side, it only has competition from eight-odd other insignificant releases this weekend.

For the final verdict, look out for Sarit Ray’s review tomorrow.

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