What is it all about?
Pretty Priety Zinta turns producer with 'Ishkq in Paris' which is finally seeing the light of the day.. Priety's debut as a producer is beautiful and picturesque as the ever lovely Paris but the movie helmed by Prem Soni who also directed the disastrous Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (the 2009 Diwali bomber), Prem seems to be so overwhelmed with the city that he makes his camera fall in love with Paris but while doing so he forgets to peep into the audience heart and wink for a charming new love story for Bollywood.
Prem along with his producer Preity appears to be suffering from some Imtiaz Ali syndrome from Love Aaaj Kaal where two Ajnabee Akash (Rhehan Malliek) and Ishkq (Preity Zinta) both non believers in the institution of love meet on a train from Rome to Paris, end up spending the evening together in the romantic city. The cupid doesn,t strike.. they drink, the do make mock movies, they share their disturbing past but still...
The two part ways the next morning without a proper goodbye. Ishkq, being the strong-headed independent girl, moves on, while coming back to London Akash ends up falling for Ishkq. A friend's marriage makes them cross paths once again and we see our dear Salman Khan in full form making Ishkq dance to his bollywood tunes by that time Akash is in love with Ishkq who just can,t accept the proposal due to her parents' divorce when she was seven. Finally she says yes ties the knot.. and yes we do see that Punjabi wedding in the end.. so predictable...
What to look out for
Prem Soni makes Paris looks so beautiful, charming and loving making you falling in love with the city again and again. Cameramen Manush Nandan does a marvelous job. Priety looks good and carries the entire film on her shoulders.. She does a good job. Salman Khan pleases everyone with his delightful cameo.
Prem Soni story telling is tedious, the moments are there but it fails to charm the viewers as the writer director just couldn,t not establish the lead characters for the audience who fail to identify with them. The chemistry between Priety and Rehan is ice cold.. the pair fails to beat the heat.. Priety is a photographer her mom played by the firang Isabelle Adjani (no comments) is an actress but who is this Rehan and what sort of an agent is he who can afford overnight trips from London and Paris at his will. First of all Rehan opposite Preity was a bad choice. Sajid Wajid music further adds to boredom while one watches the film. Its not at all an offence to be suffering from Imtiaz Ali syndrome who himself is subscribed to the belief of Chupke Chupke or Roman Holiday in a way.. but he does it with smart twist adding great Indian ethos (Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kaal).. here Prem as a director and more as a writer fails terribly.. even the dialogues are pale and uninspiring without any link and connection to the characters.
Conclusion: Ishkq in Paris never posed itself as a game changer in Bollywood rom coms but certainly it could have been developed as a decent sweet love story for those who believe and for those who want to believe in Love but alas Prem Soni's 'Ishkq in Paris' the cupid just couldn,t strike for the audience... Priety's double comeback after Heroes (2008) as an actress and debut as a producer only manages to be a lovely postcard of the world's most romantic city 'Paris' you can see it, admire the beauty but can,t 'feel' it....
Rating ** (Priety Zinta and Salman Khan's pleasant cameo and the beauty of Paris)