Review: Daawat-e-Ishq


Meet Hyderabad ki tez Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) and Lucknow ka aashiq Tariq (Aditya Roy Kapur) in a love story from Yash Raj Films’ kitchen, where Love gets Spicy, Love gets Sweet, Love gets Bitter! Gulrez, a shoe-sales girl, disillusioned with love because of her encounters with dowry-seeking men and Tariq, a cook, who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs, come face to face in the clash of diametrically opposite but equally spicy cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow.

At the centre of this drama is the issue of dowry that gets addressed within all the accoutrements of mainstream entertainment. While remaining mildly entertaining throughout, the film initiates a subtle debate still on the importance and possible misuse of Section 498A, a law that makes any report of dowry an immediately non-bailable offence.

After Ishaqzaade and Do Dooni Chaar, it’s the third film of National award winning director Habib Faisal. Parineeti Chopra feels repititive in each of her films is predictable and jaded. While Aditya Kapoor, though charming, tries to bring in a bit of earnestness to Tariq’s character, but doesn’t have the acting chops to pull it off.

The music of Daawat-e-Ishq was composed by the duo Sajid-Wajid while its lyrics were penned by Kausar Munir. Music is soothing and at the same time peppy, which can be called a typical Yash Raj way.

Overall, Daawat-E-Ishq serves a bland dish which is neither delicious nor in fine fettle. It is a predictable snoozefest and as unpalatable as five-day-old biryani.