Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Faisal Habib breaks stereotypes in Daawat-E-Ishq


It is a simple thing to do but not many had done it till 20 years ago. The first to do it was Shyam Benegal, who directed Mamo based on film critic-turned-filmmaker Khalid Mohammed story. An ordinary Muslim family without the trappings of Muslimness of decadent Lucknowi culture. Then Mrinal Sen portrayed the story of an ordinary Muslim family in a Bengali village in Amaar Bhuvan. Now comes Faisal Habib, who had earlier directed Band, Baaja, Baaraat and Ishaqzade, with Daawat-E-Ishq. He does not over-emphasise the demotic Urdu spoken in Hyderabad nor of any of those Lucknow's pseudo-sophisticated affectations. And he manages to tell a story of the misuse of IPC 498A with a humorous twist. It is about a Muslim family, lower middle class, and the girl,who is the protagonist, works as a sales girl in a Bata shop. The father works in the High Court as a clerk.
Faisal falls back on situations which are common to an ordinary Hindi commercial film, but the cliches do not irritate. The actors and actresses play it out with finesse. But the point is made of the deception and pretense that is common to all lower middle class families and the embarrassment. The plot is outrageous but it does not offend.
After a very long time one heard a lilting song in a Hindi film. Meri mannat tu, written by Kausar Munir, and sung by Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Keerti Sagathia. It is a song you will continue to hum after walking out of the movie hall. A rare thing in these days of non-musical non-songs.
Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor hold their roles well, with panache. Anupam Kher does his bit quite well. A must see.

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