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Critics' review: Ishkq in Paris, a waste of time

Ishkq in Paris is so much like Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy starrer Before Sunrise, a cult romance film. But Preity Zinta's production isn't likely to enter Bollywood hall of fame. Read what the critics feel about the film.

movie reviews Updated: May 24, 2013 18:12 IST
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Film: Ishkq In Paris
Cast: Preity Zinta (last seen in Heroes; 2008), Rhehan Malliek, Isabelle Adjani
Director: Prem Raj
Music: Sajid-Wajid

Ishkq in Paris is a comeback (of sorts) for Preity Zinta and it is her own production. Quite literally it must be labour of love. But critics don't seem to have taken a shine to it.

Akash (Rhehan Malliek aka Gaurav Channa) and Ishkq (Preity Zinta) decide to spend one day together in Paris, frolicking, singing and flirting. Then they part ways only to meet several years later, when Akash realises he actually has feelings for Ishkq, but since she's always acted like she's too cool for him, she is conflicted.

The plot of Ishkq in Paris reminds one of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995) and the sequels. The lead characters meet aboard a train in Before Sunrise and the sequel was set in Paris. Preity Zinta's movie brings in these two elements from Richard's films but falls far short of achieving a good cinematic experience.

Film critic Mayank Shekhar says, "This is the premise of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995), set in Vienna, which had a sequel Before Sunset (2004) that was set in Paris, the third part of the film Before Midnight incidentally released earlier this year. My favourite movie in some ways with a similar thought, Bernardo Betrolucci’s Last Tango In Paris, starred Marlon Brando that shook up the moralists in America when it released in 1973. Last Tango was a film entirely about sex. Before Sunrise was a film about light and lengthy conversations. This one is neither."

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama says, "When an entire film centers on first getting acquainted and then going separate ways, it puts enormous pressure on the storyteller to make every sequence vital. He/she needs to glisten relentlessly. Even accomplished writers/directors find it most demanding to portray a couple falling in love and drifting apart within a few hours of meeting each other... Prem Soni does have a tough task on his shoulders to depict the wobbly relationship between the protagonists. "

Times of India's Meena Iyer says, "Preity Zinta's maiden production has its aesthetics in place. Paris is enchanting. The actress is good but there ends the show."

Most critics find Preity's efforts genuine, and to an extent good. Taran Adarsh agrees: "There's an invigorating honesty in the way the couple discusses love and the twist in the pre-climax saunters in slickly."

Sadly for Preity, her efforts seem to fail to work for the film. Mayank Shekhar says, "Hits happen. Then shit happens, inevitably; sad."


Here's what viewers had to say about the movie on Twitter:

@Samj0511:-( RT @SilenceIsMee I google for reviews of Ishkq in Paris. Someone wrote "it is as stupid as its spelling" :D

@Abhijeet_Vyas: #KingsXI didnt qualify for the second stage of IPL because Preity Zinta promised them front row seats to Ishkq in paris as Gift ! #TrueStory

@AniGuha: #IshkqInParis Salman Khan appears in a song where he plays a Bollywood superstar who dances at weddings. Salman Khan plays Shah Rukh Khan.

@mayankw14: "Ishq wala headache!" One-star review, Ishkq In Paris

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First Published: May 24, 2013 14:26 IST