Bollywood’s Best Black Comedy with an Eminent Cast


A tale of love lust and lies, Ishqiyamanaged a whopping box office collection of ₹31.8 crores worldwide after its release on January 29, 2010, says an article on Box Office India.Its sequel, DedhIshqia, surpassed this number with worldwide collections ₹40.8 crores. Despite the unabashed sexuality, shameless greed, raw language and bold humour, theseblack comedies created quite a ripple among the Indian audience with their release.

A spectacular piece of art with just the right amount of humour, Ishqiya is as good as many classic dramatic Hollywood movies. Set in Gorakhpur, the full movie Ishqiya is engulfed in dark desires and explicit sexual connotations, in the most desi way possible. It revolves around two good for nothing men, Khalujaan and his beloved nephew,Babban, who are desperately seeking shelter after looting their boss, Mushtaq.

While searching for a place to hide, they end up at a friend’s home, only to find out that he is no more. However, his widow, Krishna, allows them inside and thus begins a complicated love story between the three characters. Mushtaq happens to be Khalujaans’s brother-in-law, who plans murderous revenge against these two rogues. Khalujaan tries to remind Mushtaq of the familial bond but it seems that he has no escape.

On the other hand, both roguesare highly attracted to Krishna, who leaves no stones unturned to seduce them with her charm. While Khalujaan is up for old world romance, backed by soulful numbers, Babban is aggressively sexual in his approach. Krishna plays both men and they keep falling more and more in love with her. Vidya Balan very effectively portrays that sexuality has no connection with skin show and even an Indian woman draped in an ordinary sareecan evoke romance and lust in men with her enticing ways.

Together, all three decide to kidnap Rajesh Sharma, an industrialist, and ask for a hefty ransom, but the conspiracy does not end here. The story addresses many issues through its characters. The constant rift between the rich and poor, between goons and the legal system, between natives of different villages and so on.

Debutant director Abhishek Chaubey has an eye for detail and every minute aspect of rural India has been beautifully captured, from the day to day chores in a village to the rustic environment, the Urdu and Hindi dialects andmuch more.

The two contrasting chemistries of love and lust between Krishna-Khalujaanand Krishna-Babbanare something worth watching too.The plot is unpredictable to a great extent and is a perfect balance between lighthearted comedy and impulsive dark deeds.

Cast:VidyaBalan as Krishna, Naseeruddin Shah as Kaalujaan, Arshad Warsi as Babban Hussain, Salman Shahid as Mushtaq
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

DedhIshqiya isthe sequel to Ishqiyaand stands out with its sarcastic language and dark humour. The word “Dedh”only evokes the viewer’s curiosity– why not two or one, why one and a half? You’ll need to see the full movie of DedhIshqiya to get the answer! This story is full of secrets and subtexts but also offers a great dose of comedy and showcases a terrific romance between the Begum, played by Madhuri Dixit Nene, and Khalujaan, played once again by Naseeruddin Shah.It also has a significant role of Munniya, the right hand of Begum Para. 

There is a whole lot of sher-o-shayari, royal feminine charm and traditional old school romance awaiting the audience in this sequel. The movie is about Iftikar Hussain (Khalu) who pretends to be a Mughal Nawab. The widowed Begum of another Nawab hosts a poetry competition and declares that she would marry the winner. Of course, the romantic side of Khalu’spersonality is stirred and he is confident that he will win the contest.

However, he has a few very strong competitors and the journey to the Begum’s heart does not seem so easy. The RahatFateh Ali Khan poetry recitals are a treat to the ears and the magical songs written by Vishal Bhardwaj create a beautiful traditional aura in quite a few scenes. The genius of DedhIshqiyalies in the actors’ screen presence, some spectacularly hilarious scenes, rich Urdu poetry and skillful direction. This undoubtedly remains one of the best hindi thriller movies Bollywood has ever produced.

Cast:Madhuri Dixit Nene as Begum Para, Naseeruddin Shah as Khalujaan, Arshad Warsi as Babban Hussain, Vijay Raaz as Jaan Mohammad, Ravi Gossain as Liyaakat Ali
Duration: 2 Hours 32 Minutes

Filled with beautiful and melodious numbers like DilTohBaccha Hai Ji, Ibn-E- Batuta, DilKaMizaajIshqiya, along with pure Hindi dialogues, perfect backdrops and unique storylines, the full movies of Ishqiya and DedhIshqiya are definitely worth your time.