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Dangerous Ishhq Review

Dangerous Ishhq
Banner:Dar Motion Pictures, BVG Films, Reliance Entertainment
Cast:Karisma Kapoor, Rajniesh Duggall, Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutta, Ruslaan Mumtaz
Direction:Vikram Bhatt
Production:Arun Rangachari
Music:Himesh Reshammiya
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Dangerous Ishhq Movie Review - Challenges you if you are a non-believer

IndiaGlitz  [Saturday, May 05, 2012]

Promos and the film's synopsis did well in establishing the fact that when Rajniesh Duggal, playing a rich businessman, is kidnapped, his fiancée (Karisma Kapoor) begins a search for him. When she starts getting visions of images from her 'pichla janam', there is also a bit of past life regression that comes into play. Once Karisma is convinced that her many past lives were indeed inter-linked to culminate into her current 'avtar', the visions start becoming a lot frequent. In this journey of her, she is well supported by a cop (Jimmy Sheirgill) who has a dual job of saving Rajniesh as well as Karisma.

One may get an impression that this is a simplistic plot which has been given a routine template like treatment by Vikram. Well, one couldn't have been far away from the truth here since that is not the case at all. The film's plot here is much more complicated than it actually sounds; the script with as many twists and turns as one normally expects from an Abbas-Mustan thriller while the characters are not just too many but also much deep rooted than one may have assumed.

Thankfully, the episodes here start becoming more and more interesting as one moves from one 'janam' to another. The one set in partition is a tad predictable and since you are more interested in knowing the identity of the kidnapper around this time, you do wish that the narrative unfolds faster. The drama becomes better in the Mughal era and though you could see the twist coming from quite some distance, the manner in which it is interspersed in the previous birth with a connection shown in the current birth makes the plot interesting.

This is where the Meerabai era unfolds and the portions with Ravi Kissen do ignite the drama. With the black magic angle thrown in here, you look forward to an intriguing finale. This is the point from where multiple twists are thrown every 5 minutes. The climax does give you a jolt and takes you by surprise.

Any blemishes in this 'little over two hours' affair? Well, the film's beginning doesn't quite arrest you and even though the kidnapping takes place in 15 minutes flat, you still feel that the build up was not up to the mark. Even otherwise, there are certain portions that seem stretched (especially the Arya Babbar episode) while the songs (Tu Hi Rab, Naina) are unwanted guests while they play in the background. The VFX too is below average and even crucial action scenes don't leave an impact. 3D doesn't wow you either as the film would have comfortably done without it.

Performances are decent where Karisma does give a glimpse of the actress that she has been, especially during the dramatic moments in the Meerabai era. Rajniesh makes his presence felt most in the partition era while the one who makes the best impression is Jimmy Sheirgill. Dependable as always, he shines yet again. So does Ravi Kissen who leaves a mark in his three-four scenes. Divya Dutt, Ruslaan Mumtaz and Samir Kocchar are roped in as supporting actors and that's the only space that they manage in this film that boasts of multiple characters.

Overall, the film's narrative is such that it promises a good beginning, middle portion and the ending. Also, if a film manages to shake you up and starts challenging your own thought process which you would have otherwise shrugged off as something impossible, it means that it's job is done. This is what 'Dangerous Ishhq' does. One may be a non-believer in the tales of 'punar janam', 'aatma' and stuff alike but still, despite no horror element involved in it, this Vikram Bhatt film makes you interested in knowing a little more about the stories that may have been hearsay, or perhaps even true.

Rating: ***

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