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05-10-2012, 02:39 PM #1
DANGEROUS ISHHQ movie review: Karisma Kapoor is good, Rajneesh Duggal fails to impress
Our movie critic says the first half is quite interesting and keeps you hooked
Dangerous Ishhq carries several expectations – it marks Karisma Kapoor’s comeback into Bollywood, has the potential to redefine the thriller genre and bring Vikram Bhatt a much needed hit. It is also the first time that the topic of past life regression is being dealt with on the big screen. A heavy weight to bear!
But from what we have heard, the film might just be able to fulfill all those hopes. Our movie critic, who is watching the film right now, texted us to say that the viewing experience is actually quite pleasant. “The film is well-balanced between the past and the present. The transition comes when you least expect it. But past life regression is not for everyone. Karisma looks beautiful and Rajneesh Duggal barely has any screen time.
The film does create a curiosity, and makes you want to know what would happen next,” says our critic about the first half of Dangerous Ishhq. The success of a thriller though depends largely on the second half. We’ll let you know if Vikram and Karisma manage to sustain our critic’s interest till the end....being a human...
05-11-2012, 01:52 AM #2
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05-11-2012, 12:24 PM #3
Dangerous Ishhq Review By Taran Adarsh
Released On: 11 May 2012
Directed By: Vikram Bhatt
Starring: Karisma Kapoor, Rajniesh Duggall, Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutta, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Aarya Babbar, Gracy Singh, Samir Kochhar
After making a series of horror films, Vikram Bhatt enters a new zone with DANGEROUS ISHHQ. This one's about Past Life Regression.
For those not conversant with it, Past Life Regression is one's expedition, through meditation or hypnosis, into your previous birth. An unsolved past life experience could be distressing in one's current life. Past Life Regression or Therapy can significantly aid the person in understanding these problems and help them reclaim the quality of life by understanding and altering the root causes of these symptoms. In DANGEROUS ISHHQ, Karisma Kapoor attempts to unravel, through Past Life Regression, the mystery adjoining her past lives.
But this isn't the first Indian film on this topic. SONAR KELLA aka THE GOLDEN FORTRESS, helmed by the master storyteller Satyajit Ray, was, to my knowledge, the first film to tackle this issue on celluloid. It narrated the story of a small boy who remembered events of his past life. He even mentioned precious jewels in a golden fortress, drawing sketches of battles he had seen.
The strength of DANGEROUS ISHHQ lies is its attention-grabbing plot, which the Indian masses can relate to instantaneously. With Vikram Bhatt at the helm of affairs, who specializes in narrating taut thrillers, you can be assured of a riveting plot with several heart-in-the-mouth moments. But, alas, it's the screenplay that throws a spanner, with the over-stretched second hour and a formulaic conclusion ruining what Vikram had meticulously put together in the first half.
Supermodel Sanjana [Karisma Kapoor] and Rohan [Rajneish Duggal], son of a business tycoon, are one of the most popular couples on the social circuit. When Sanjana decides against flying to Paris at the last minute for a lucrative modeling assignment, she does so not just because she cannot bear to stay away from her boyfriend Rohan, but because her instincts push her against going. But what her instincts cannot do is stop Rohan from getting kidnapped.
The high-profile kidnapping creates chaos in Sanjana's life. The kidnappers demand INR 50 crores. Time is of utmost essence. Death stares Rohan in the eye. It is in this extreme trauma that Sanjana discovers something extraordinary. She sees visions of them together -- sometime in the past -- in different eras.
She is confused initially, but in her visions lies definitive clues that could lead her to save the love of her life. As she follows clue after clue, she gets closer and sometimes further away from the love that has been eluding her through the ages. Would she be able to unravel the past to save her future? Would she be able to rescue her love and expose his true captors?
DANGEROUS ISHHQ has an intriguing plotline and writer Amin Hajee ensures that he keeps the viewer's interest alive by incorporating episodes that keep you captivated. The sequence at the hospital -- Karisma spots a badly injured Rajneish and the portions that follow subsequently -- set the ball rolling. The shifts between the past and present, nightmare and actuality are well done. The plot becomes more and more stirring as the reels unfurl, with the portions in the first hour so perfectly executed that one buys into it each stride of the way.
But the movie plummets in the post-interval portions. It's not the execution of the material that's faulty, but the screenplay that gets taxing and boring after a point. The Rajasthani episode in this hour has brilliant moments, but at the same time the Meerabai track [portrayed by Gracy Singh] is least convincing. The graph actually goes downhill during the concluding portions, when Vikram Bhatt and writer Amin Hajee decide to unravel the mystery and zero in on the person responsible for the kidnapping. It's at this point that the film falls like a pack of cards.
Since different eras are being explored, it is imperative that Vikram Bhatt captures the spirit of each period appropriately and though he makes a sincere effort, the writing gives away after a point. Besides, what baffles me is the usage of 3D here. Believe me, there's not much justification for opting for 3D in DANGEROUS ISHHQ and barring a scene or two, the 3D enthusiasts are sure to be disappointed.
Himesh Reshammiya's music in DANGEROUS ISHHQ is strictly okay. Barring 'Tu Hi Rab Tu Hi Dua', none of the songs have the lasting power to linger in your memory. Girish Dhamija's dialogue are functional.
Karisma Kapoor puts forth her best efforts, getting to deliver lines in varied dialects. She gets the dialects right, especially Urdu and Rajasthani, but there's not much scope for her to display her acting prowess. Rajniesh Duggal gets some scope initially, but is sidelined completely in the second hour. Jimmy Shergill impresses as the cop. Divya Dutta does very well, but, again, gets no scope after a point. Ruslaan Mumtaz, Aarya Babbar and Samir Kochhar have bit roles. Ravi Kishan leaves an impression, while Natasha Sinha is perfect. Gracy Singh appears incredibly phony as Meerabai.
On the whole, DANGEROUS ISHHQ is no patch on Vikram Bhatt's earlier achievements. This fantasy-driven film is an epic disappointment!
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05-11-2012, 12:26 PM #4Story:
Dangerous Ishhq- as the title implies, is the complicated love story of super model Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) and son of a business tycoon Rohan (Rajniesh Duggall). As soon as the couple decide to tie the knot after seeing each other from a long time; Rohan gets kidnapped. Sanjana meanwhile, witnesses some moments from her past life with Rohan and eventually goes for past life regression. Initially quite helpless, Sanjana finds a connection of Rohan's kidnapping with her past life. In order to save her love, she decides to help ACP Jai Singh (Jimmy Shergill) with her instincts. Will Sanjana succeed in her mission to save Rohan is the rest of the story.
First of all, kudos to Vikram Bhatt, to bring forth such a complex concept with a decent amount of clarity. Otherwise, a smooth sail, as the transition from present to past lives is beautifully portrayed with minimal loopholes; the biggest hitch however, lies in the storyline. The so-called shrewd antagonist takes 500 years to understand the trick which leads to success. The suspense element induced at frequent intervals leaves one spell-bound. Quick recall of the past lives with no wastage of time in terms of building of sub-plots is something really remarkable.
Star Cast: Karisma is back with a big bang. DI rests on the strong shoulders of the actress, as she delivers a stupendous performance. It’s a treat to watch her switch lanes and portay women from different eras and cultures. Rajniesh Duggall plays his part well. Jimmy Shergill surprises once again after Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, with a flawless act. Divya Dutta as usual, is top-notch but somehow, gets less scope to perform. Ditto goes for Ravi Kissan. Ruslaan Mumtaz looks lost and extremely uncomfortable. Aarya Babbar and Gracy Singh leave an impact. Samir Kochhar too plays his part well.
It may be noted here, Vikram in the past had failed to create an impact with a film titled Phirr, which was based on the same concept. This time round, he however, begs to differ and flaunts a command over the subject of past-life regression. He leaves no room for ambiguity with some flawless instances like- how she follows her instincts in the case of the Lord Krishna scene or in the climax scene, where she is very sure of the culprit. He has attained perfection also, in terms of portraying different eras with sets, costumes, accessories and linguistics.
Music/ Dialogues/ Cinematography/Editing:
Music has no potential of becoming chartbuster, but definitely goes with the flow of the story. Dialogues leave one numb as they fail to live up to the standards set by other actors. Cinematography is noteworthy with extremely brilliant shots, though low quality 3D spoils the charm at some places. Editing is in complete sync with the direction, with amazing transitions as mentioned earlier.
Ups and downs:
A flawless act by Karisma Kapoor, a crisp direction, intelligent editing and cinematography are the strengths. Some loopholes in the storyline, impactless dialogues, especially in the first half and the music are the weak points.
Overall, with Dangerous Ishhq, Karisma Kapoor is back with her new innings as a powerful actor, who can prove to be troublesome for the reigning Bollywood beauties.
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05-11-2012, 12:41 PM #5
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3 stars nice..
05-11-2012, 03:26 PM #6
Karisma Kapoor gives a stunning performanceIt’s not reincarnation, but past life regression!” Vikram Bhatt has explained it time and again and now we agree. Dangerous Ishhq is a beautifully narrated story that manages to invoke your curiosity
With no expectations or probably an already set prejudice that the film will bore me death, I entered the theatre to see what Vikram Bhatt’s Dangerous Ishhq has to offer. The film starts by introducing Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) as the showstopper for Manish Malhotra’s fashion show, with Rohan (Rajneesh Duggal) admiring his lady love as he sits with his younger brother (Ruslaan Mumtaz) and a doctor friend (Divya Dutta). Sanjana and Rohan spend an entire night together discussing their future, marriage and kids. But their romantic chit-chat is interrupted by a gang of masked goons who kidnap Rohan, leaving Sanjana unconscious. She wakes up in the hospital as someone else (yes, you read that right) from a past life and begins speaking Urdu. Seeing this, Divya introduces her to a doctor who is an expert on past life regression therapies.
The therapy takes her back to 1947, when India and Pakistan were divided, and to the bloodshed that followed. As she pursues the story, Sanjana witnesses the death of her sister (Divya Dutta’s past life) and sees how Rohan is also killed. The doctor explains that in any lifetime, it is not only the ones we love, but also our enemies that are reborn. Armed with a clue to Rohan’s kidnapping, Sanjana meets ACP Singh (Jimmy Shergill) and tells him that she knows a face with which to connect the kidnapping. But their search is futile, as no such person exists.
The police trail a tip that would probably lead them to Rohan, but it happens to be a trap set by the kidnappers. Stuck under debris, Sanjana has a memory flash of another past life from the 1690s. This time she is to marry Rohan, a soldier in Aurangzeb’s army, preparing for battle. Unfortunately, he dies on the battlefield. But Sanjana later learns that he is in enemy captivity. With a little bit more information on who is behind the kidnapping, Sanjana confronts the person and they manage to find Rohan, but in a life-threatening situation.
Sanjana has her third memory flash of her life in the1490s, wherein lies the reason of her reincarnation and the identity of her enemy. The rest of the story revolves around finding the kidnapper and explanations as to why her love never succeeded, even through so many lifetimes.
Vikram Bhatt has done a good job at interweaving the past and the present. The story narration was to the point, which made it an interesting watch. The idea of past life regression is novel, but not many will relate to it or understand its intricacies. The story keeps you on tenterhooks. Kuldip K Menon’s editing hits the nail, especially in a scene where both past and present run simultaneously.
Karisma Kapoor looks stunning in every life she portrays, especially the 1690s. But the actor is slowly inching towards being anorexic. Her desperation and outburst to find Rohan and to reveal the real truth are beautifully rendered. Clearly, in these six long years away from cinema, Karisma hasn’t forgotten her acting skills. Rajneesh Duggal, in the little screen time he had, gives a below average performance. He has no chemistry with Karisma. Their intimate hugs look forced and awkward. Jimmy Shergill gives a powerful act with minimal dialogue. Ravi Kissen makes you sit up and take notice and Divya Dutta is her usual self, especially with her plunging neckline and flabby tummy. A rather plump Gracy Singh is a wasted element in the film.
The 3D work still looks very amateur and is rather painful to the eyes. Action and characters are blurred and often appear doubled. At times, the script ignores the concept of logic – when Karisma, a civilian joins the police unit to search for Rohan with a gun, for instance. And sometimes it goes over the top, with the dark sorcerer and use of black magic. Moviegoers may like the film for its concept and for Karisma Kapoor, but enduring bad 3D – maybe not! All in all, the story is interesting, but if you are not a believer in past life regression or find fantasy fiction a waste of time, this one is not for you.
Last edited by Caasanova; 05-11-2012 at 03:29 PM....being a human...
05-12-2012, 11:46 AM #7
'Dangerous Ishq' is unintentionally comicalCast: Karisma Kapoor, Rajneesh Duggal, Jimmy Shergill
Director: Vikram Bhatt
From matching Govinda's razor-sharp comic timing in so many David Dhawan entertainers, to delivering sincere, heartfelt performances in films like Fizaa and Zubeidaa, Karisma Kapoor has had no shortage of opportunities to show off her acting chops. But returning after a hiatus in director Vikram Bhatt's laughably silly 'Dangerous Ishq', the actress is limited to gritting her teeth and mouthing inane lines.
Karisma stars as Sanjana, a supermodel and committed girlfriend who searches for clues in her past, when her industrialist boyfriend (Rajneesh Duggal sporting a single expression throughout) is kidnapped. Relying on 'visions' that offer her glimpses into her previous lives, Sanjana discovers she's had a doomed romantic connection with the same man over the ages. To solve the mystery of his kidnapping in the present day, she must first figure out who has been keeping them apart in their every birth.
From struggling through communal feuds in Partition-era Punjab, to facing betrayal from a trusted friend in Daulatabad during the Mughal rule, to spurning the advances of a sleazy senapati in 16th century Rajasthan... it's hard to keep a straight face as Sanjana rewinds to previous lifetimes, and the film in turn becomes increasingly preposterous. Despite its curious premise, the plot of 'Dangerous Ishq' feels overstuffed and far too convenient, and as a result the film's central idea, of past life regression, is never convincingly conveyed.
If anything, the film is unintentionally comical, thanks in no small part to its clunky dialogue, bizarre characters, and ham-fisted direction. Save for some tacky special effects and a few badly done explosions, Bhatt mostly resists the temptation to throw things at you in order to exploit the 3D, but the imagery here is so bland that the technology feels wasted.
Ambitious but seriously flawed, the film smacks of laziness in virtually all departments, and even Karisma Kapoor's earnest performance can't save the day. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Vikram Bhatt's 'Dangerous Ishq'. Plodding on for close to two hours and thirty minutes, this film will make you wish you'd knocked back a stiff one before taking your seat.
Rating: 1.5 / 5...being a human...
05-12-2012, 11:17 PM #8
06-28-2012, 02:05 AM #9
1.5/5 thats what I can give to this movie. Disappointing!!!!!Please add reputation points if you like the post. This encourages us. Simply click black star mark on left (bottom) corner of this post, thats it.
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