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Promotional poster for the film and songs
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey
Produced by Raman Maroo
Vishal Bharadwaj
Written by Vishal Bharadwaj
Abhishek Chaubey
Sabrina Dhawan
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Arshad Warsi
Vidya BalanSalman Shahid
Music by Vishal Bharadwaj
Gulzar (lyrics)
Cinematography Mohana Krishna Agapu
Editing by Namrata Rao
Distributed by Shemaroo Entertainment
Release date(s) 29 January 2010
Country  India
Language Hindi

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 [1] and is produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj. The film was released on 29 January 2010.[2]

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.


  • Naseeruddin Shah as Khalujan/Khalu/Iftikaar. 51-year-old Khalujan is a pure romantic at heart. He is a bit of an odd cookie in the world of crime. Sure, he has a sharp mind and body and has been toughened up over the years living in the world of guns and gangsters; yet, he is very emotional and tender at the core. He wants to go back to his village and wants to settle down in a quiet, peaceful country life existence. Only, life had other plans for him. Love happens to him. Krishna happens to him.[3]
  • Arshad Warsi as Babban Hussain. 32-year-old Babban is in more ways than one, the antithesis of the kind of man his uncle is. If Khalujan is all heart and soul, Babban is all flesh and blood. He is hot-blooded, lustful and scoffs at the idea of true romantic love. Babban is cynical, indifferent to finer things in life and tough as nails. Through the course of the film, Babban discovers what it is to love and to be betrayed. It makes the dormant softer side of him come alive. Perhaps for the first time in his life, Babban cares, for Krishna. [4]
  • Vidya Balan as Krishna Verma. 30 years old, femme fatale, small-town girl, mysterious woman and forgotten widow: Krishna is a bundle of contradictions. She was seen as a woman madly in love, as an object of desire, as a vision of purity and she engaging herself in a lustful bout with another man. [5]
  • Salman Shahid as Mushtaq
  • Shoeb as Manju
  • Gauri Malla as Mamta (Nepali actress)
  • Adil Hussain as Vidyadhar Verma


  • Production Design: Nitin Chandrakant Desai
  • Costume Design: Payal Saluja
  • Associate director - Ajit Ahuja
  • Assistant director - Sujata Venkateswaran
  • Sound designer - Sajith Koyeri, P.M. Satheesh
  • Workshop and Dialect Coach - Vikas Kumar

Box Office Collection

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.[6] After 5 weeks Ishqiya grossed Rs. 22,05,00,000 and rated as average[7]


Soundtrack by Vishal Bhardwaj
1 January 2010
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34:40
Label T-Series
Producer Shemaroo Entertainment
Vishal Bhardwaj
Professional reviews
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.[10]

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
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

Critical reception

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 [11]. 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." [12]. 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. " [13]. The Indiatimes review also gave to 3.5 stars out of 5 [14].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! [15] [16]


  1. ^ Trailer, Cast and Crew and Preview of Ishqiya
  2. ^ Release Date of Ishqiya
  3. ^ "Character Sketch - Khalujan – Naseeruddin Shah". 25 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Character Sketch - Babban – Arshad Warsi". 25 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Character Sketche - Krishna Verma – Vidya Balan". 25 December 2009. 
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  8. ^ "Gulzar makes Ishqiya unforgettable". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Ishqiya : Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  10. ^ url=|publisher=Filmfare|accessdate=2010-02-18}}
  11. ^ Anupama Chopra (January 29, 2010). "Review : Ishqiya". NDTV Movies. 
  12. ^ Rajeev Masand (Jan 29, 2010). "Masand Movie Review: Ishqiya, a delicious little film". CNN IBN. 
  13. ^ Noyon Jyoti Parasara (Jan 29, 2010). "Movie Review: Ishqiya". AOL India. 
  14. ^ "Ishqiya: Movie Review". Indiatimes. 29 Jan, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Movie Review: Ishqiya". bollywood hungama. Jan 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Ishqiya Box office". 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 

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