Official Synopsis: Taking on from where we left off, Dedh Ishqiya discovers yet another escapade of Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), a poetic journey underlined with revenge, drama and deception. The Begum (Madhuri Dixit-Nene) of Mahmudabad is hosting a festival of poetry and music in her mansion. The country’s best poets are in town. Khalujan posing as the Nawaab of Chandpur, is participating as a poet in the festival. He is not there merely to show off his poetic wares but to impress the widowed Begum who, as the grapevine suggests, is scouting for a husband -preferably a poet. Babban (Arshad Warsi) arrives in Mahmudabad to take Khalujan back to their old life but his plans change the moment he sets his eyes on Begum’s maid and confidant, Munira alias Muniya (Huma Qureshi), a brash and sexy young woman. Muniya too has plans of her own. She leaves the palace every now and then in a disguise to meet gangsters in dark alleys. The palace is rife with intrigue. The shayari is dropped for the guns, daring chases and hidden intentions. In the end, love triumphs even if the players of the story do not.
The movie is the sequel to Ishqiya but it actually borrows a lot of Begum Para’s story from Ismat Chugtai’s controversial Lihaaf Link which was published in 1942. Begum Para’s husband being gay (involved in “Laundebaazi”) and the lesbian undertones between Para and Munira are all from Lihaaf. The shadow play scene where Khalu mentions “Lihaaf” can be consired homage/tribute. The movie has not credited Ismat Chugtai or Lihaaf though. The story is credited to Darab Farooqui. Some of Bashir Badr’s poems used in the mvoie are very good.
The movie starts off with a similar scene from the first Ishqiya with Babban telling Mushtaq the joke about the parrots. Then there is a hilarious scene involving Babban’s Gilli. The scenes between Babban and Khalujan are very good with their one liners. Babban’s scenes with Munira are also very good with the one liners. Some of Jaan Mohammed’s scenes are very good specially with Italvi. There is a Sholay homage/tribute with Babban doing the actual shooting while Khalujan pretends to shoot similar to the scene where Jai does the actual shooting while Veeru pretends.
The major problem with the movie is that it seems to be from an earlier time. The Nawabs, poets and all Muslim characters seem anachronistic with its present day setting. The jewelry store scene is supposed to be set at night time with them robbing by turning off the lights off but when they go out of the store its daytime. The train scene in the climax is spoiled by the unnecessary propping up of the Italvi character.
Arshad Warsi is excellent as Babban and Naseer is very good as Khalu. The chemistry between them is excellent. Madhuri with her cheek implants and botoxed forehead looks bad trying to look as pretty as she used to be. Her acting also is not as good as it used to be. May be her character needed better lines than the old school filmy ones. Even her dancing did not seem that good. Huma Qureshi is good. Vijay Raaz is excellent as Jaan Mohammed whether in his goon scenes or his poetry scenes. Manoj Pahwa is good except his final scene.
The movie is fairly entertaining with the witty one liners but it kind of loses steam in the later part with the Naseer Madhuri romantic track. The ending also is kind of underwhelming. Vishal Bharadwaj brings in unnecessary political references like Bofors and so on in his dialogues. The movie is a one time watch but could have been so much more with a better screenplay.Tags: Abhishek Chaubey Arshad Warsi Dedh Ishqiya Huma Qureshi Madhuri Dixit Manoj Pahwa Member Reviews Naseeruddin Shah Reviews Vijay Raaz