Promotional poster for the film and songs
|Directed by||Abhishek Chaubey|
|Produced by||Raman Maroo
|Written by||Vishal Bharadwaj
Vidya BalanSalman Shahid
|Music by||Vishal Bharadwaj
|Cinematography||Mohana Krishna Agapu|
|Editing by||Namrata Rao|
|Distributed by||Shemaroo Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||29 January 2010|
Ishqiya is a 2010 Hindi film starring Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Salman Shahid and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles. The film is directed by debutant Abhishek Chaubey  and is produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj. The film was released on 29 January 2010.
The film, upon release, performed much better than expected at the box office. Expectations for the film were low, and it opened to a below-average opening. However, due to excellent reviews and strong word-of-mouth, the film picked up in many places and sustained. well. The film was declared as "average" by most media centers, and some called the film as "the first clean hit of 2010".
Set in Gorakhpur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, the movie is a tale of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense and passion. Two thieves, Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), are on the run from their boss, Mushtaq (salman Shahid). After every known person in the world turns them down they seek refuge with an old friend Verma, but instead meet his widow, Krishna (Vidya Balan) who is staying alone in her old house.
Krishna comes up with a plan to help them to repay their debts to Mushtaq. Khalujan and Babban plan to steal a car and abduct a relatively less known millionaire in the area and demand a ransom. As two men plan the kidnap, they are drawn towards Krishna; Khalujan with his vision of old-fashioned love and Babban with his lascivious heart. Babban manages to win over Krishna and Khalujan finds out about their intense relationship and is disturbed. With difficulty they manage to abduct this millionaire. Krishna cheats on the duo and takes away the abductee who knows Krishna from the past. Later it is known that the steel millionare and Krishna's husband Verma were working on illegal weapon marketing and Verma was not dead.
At the end Krishna goes along happily with both of them and her husband dies and the plot had been supported by Krishna's mother in law at the end.
In just three days, the gross box office collections of the film in India have crossed Rs. 15 Crore on 522 screens. Friday morning shows opened with 40-60 percent in key areas like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune , Bangalore and evening settled down to 65-70 percent with average occupancy cultivating first day gross box office of Rs. 3.85 crore, with glowing reviews ranging from 3-4 star ratings and strong word-of-mouth from audience Saturday showed an impressive jump of 25-30 percent and settle down to Rs. 5 Crore, Sunday showed further jump of 30 percent compare to Friday and 8-10 percent compare to Saturday, garnered further Rs. 5.40 crore cultivating to cumulative an astounding opening weekend collection of more than Rs. 14 Crore gross box office. After 5 weeks Ishqiya grossed Rs. 22,05,00,000 and rated as average
|Soundtrack by Vishal Bhardwaj|
1 January 2010
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Vishal Bhardwaj chronology|
The music is composed by Vishal Bhardwaj and the lyrics are penned by Gulzar. The music was released on 1 January 2010. The reception to the music has been positive with "Dil To Bachcha Hai" and "Ibn-E-Batuta" being instant chartbusters. The track " Badi Dheere Jali ", based on an Indian Classical Raaga "Lalat" and the ghazal " Ab Mujhe Koi " are sung by Rekha Bhardwaj. Her rusty voice perfectly suits the songs.
|1||Dil To Bachcha Hai||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||5:36|
|2||Ibn-E-Batuta||Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh||3:40|
|3||Ab Mujhe Koi||Rekha Bhardwaj||5:43|
|4||Badi Dheere Jali||Rekha Bhardwaj||7:04|
|5||Dil To Bachcha Hai (Remix)||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Clinton Cerejo (English Lyrics by Ajinkya Iyer)||4:02|
|6||Ibn-E-Batuta (Nucleya Remix)||Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh||4:21|
|7||Ibn-E-Batuta (Remix)||Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh||4:14|
The film opened to an extremely positive critical and commercial response. Accolades are being received for the performances by the three central characters, like Anupama Chopra, the NDTV movie critic said, "Ishqiya would have faltered if the performances had not matched the writing but all three leads are absolutely terrific.", while giving the movie 4.5 starts out of 5 . Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN while giving the film 3.5 on a 5 star rating, called it, "a delicious little film that teeters dangerously between saucy comedy and suspenseful noir....the film sparkles for its inspired writing and uncompromised direction." . Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL gave the film 4 on 5 star and said, "Ishqiya’ could have been an average film had it not been for the screenplay. " . The Indiatimes review also gave to 3.5 stars out of 5 .Taran Adarsh of bollywood hungama while giving the film 4 on a 5 star rating,said You can't help but fall in ishq with ISHQIYA. Tired of sherbat? Try this spicy jaljeera for a change!