Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Habib Faisal|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Rahul Roy Kotkapuria|
|Screenplay by||Habib Faisal|
|Music by||Amit Trivedi
|Edited by||Aarti Bajaj|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Language||Hindi / English|
|Budget||120 million (US$1.9 million)|
|Box office||649 million (US$10 million)|
Ishaqzaade (also known as Born to Hate...Destined to Love) is a 2012 Indian romantic drama film written by Rahul Roy Kotkapuria and directed by Habib Faisal, and produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films. The film stars debutant Arjun Kapoor, and Parineeti Chopra in their first lead film. The official trailer was unveiled on 15 March 2012, whilst the film was released on 11 May 2012. It received positive response from critics, and managed to do very well at the box office, turning out to be a worldwide hit.
The title of the film is modeled on common Hindi slangs ending in zaade (meaning "son of" in Persian influenced languages such as Hindi and Urdu) for example, haraamzaade (meaning "rascal" or "bastard" modelled on shahzaade "son of a king" or "prince") with the first part of the name Ishaq being a vulgar pronunciation of Ishq (meaning "passionate romantic love"). The title may be loosely translated as "Rebel Lovers" (literally "Children of Love").
Ishaqzaade depicts the passionate love story of two defiant, rebellious individuals. The Chauhans and the Qureshis are two political families whose rivalry and mutual hatred for one another goes back generations. Parma (Arjun Kapoor) is a good-for-nothing local enforcer, grandson of the patriarch chauvinist, Grandfather Chauhan, who often takes digs at Parma for being the useless son of his widowed daughter-in-law. This makes Parma try to prove himself worthy. Zoya (Parineeti Chopra) a Muslim who offers Namaz five times a day, is the trigger-happy, hot-tempered only daughter in a traditional Muslim house full of brothers, along with her parents. She desires to go into politics like her father, but this dream is constantly laughed at by her family.
When the local elections take place, Parma and Zoya's canvassing efforts lead to a clash between them, which ends up with Parma being slapped across the face by Zoya. While Parma is enamored by Zoya's fearlessness, Zoya is intrigued by his raw charm (including his inability to properly pronounce her name, instead calling her "joya" instead of the proper "Zoya"). They fall in love after an incident when parma enters female bathroom to find zoya and elope; Parma converts to Islam and changes his name to Pervez. After marriage, Parma makes love to Zoya, and reveals that he tricked her into marrying him. He defiled her to take revenge against her clan and the humiliation she caused him by slapping him when he misbehaved with her. Zoya is left heartbroken and devastated as Parma joins his family in a celebration of "becoming a man". Zoya invades to shoot Parma but is intercepted by his mother, Parvati, who urges her to calm down. In the heat of the moment, Grandfather Chauhan shoots Parma's mother when she tries to defend her son and daughter-in-law from the bloodthirsty families. Parma realizes his mistake and protects Zoya from being murdered by his family.
Parma and Zoya go on the run from their murderous families and take refuge in a brothel. At first, Zoya is still furious with Parma for his deception and even believes that he was trying to sell her to the brothel. She attacks him with a piece of broken glass, cutting his arms badly. The brothel Madame allows them to stay while Parma recovers and Zoya begrudgingly nurses him. He asks her for forgiveness and though she refuses to grant it, showing that she still loves him through little actions of affection. However, their mutual grief soon brings them together, giving their love a second chance. The two renew their marriage vows in a proper ceremony at the brothel. Zoya decides to try reconciling with her family, and takes Parma to her home to win over her father. They are instead met with hostility and gunshots when Zoya's father puts a gun to her head, threatening to kill his own daughter.
The couple flee as Zoya's father sends his men after them. Zoya and Parma prepare to run away to Jaipur, but when Parma leaves the safety of the bus to get water, their pursuers spot him and seize Zoya. She breaks free as Parma furiously fights to save her. They are reunited briefly, but quickly are found by Parma's former friends and run to the college, closed for Eid. The two rival families decide that Parma and Zoya's marriage is a stab to their respective religious communities and political careers; they decide to kill the lovebirds by joining forces.
Parma and Zoya take refuge on a terrace, engaging in a gunfire battle. With only a few bullets left, Zoya realises that they are outnumbered. She asks Parma to shoot her so that their love can win and they can die in the victory of their love, rather than be riddled with bullets by their own families, and allow hatred to win. The two shoot each other in the abdomen willingly and die in each other's arms, smiling. The goons check if they are dead and go inform the two families, who leave satisfied. The movie ends with Parma and Zoya's bodies lying on the terrace, and an on-screen message that explains how thousands of lovers like them are killed every year only because of falling in love outside their caste and/or religion.
- Arjun Kapoor as Parma Chauhan
- Parineeti Chopra as Zoya Qureshi
- Gauhar Khan as Chand Bibi
- Ratan Singh Rathore as Aftab Qureshi
- Anil Rastogi as Surya Chauhan
- Natasha Rastogi as Paarvati (Parma's Mother)
- Charu Rastogi as Zoya's Mother
- Aradhana Dhawan as Rakshan
- Akash Bathija as Bikram
- Abdullah Osman as Chandu
- Shashank Khaitan as Dharma Chauhan
- Ankit Kakkar as Karma Chauhan
- Aftab Khan as Shadaab Qureshi
- Jafarpal Dhillon as Sohraab Qureshi
- Faisal Husain as Mehtab
- Romil Saraswat as Javed
- Meeta Bandhu as Archana Nahak
Themes and political Issues
The film itself was both praised and drew some anger for its blunt confrontation of current issues in India regarding things such as premarital sex, marriage outside an individual's religion, caste, or other community, as well as the very real issue of honor killing. It also addresses and somewhat criticizes the hypocrisy of men who engage in premarital sex (they are celebrated and considered men in the eyes of the community), versus women who do the same (they are considered a disgrace and a source of shame). In addition, the film is notable for presenting the struggles of Indian widows and prostitutes in a sympathetic light.
It was announced that newcomer Arjun Kapoor had joined the cast of Ishaqzaade in late 2011. Earlier, Arjun Kapoor was to debut in another Yash Raj production, Virus Diwan. However, the film got delayed and therefore Yash Raj Films designed Ishaqzaade for Arjun Kapoor. Rekha and Chinni Prakash, National Award winners for Jodhaa Akbar were chosen as the choreographers, while Sham Kaushal is the Action Director.
|Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi|
|Released||12 April 2012|
|Genre||Film soundtrack, Filmi, Dubstep, Electronic dance|
|Label||Sony Music Entertainment|
|Amit Trivedi chronology|
|1.||"Ishaqzaade"||Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal||5:18|
|2.||"Chokra Jawaan" (Lyric Habib Faisal)||Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan||5:11|
|4.||"Jhallah Wallah"||Shreya Ghoshal||5:53|
|5.||"Aafaton Ke Parinde"||Suraj Jagan, Divya Kumar||3:24|
|6.||"Pareshaan" (Remix by Abhijit Vaghani)||Shalmali Kholgade||4:31|
|7.||"Jhallah Wallah" (Remix by Abhijit Vaghani))||Shreya Ghoshal||4:00|
The album received positive responsewith major praise for Pareshan song.Music Aloud rated the album 9/10, saying that "Amit Trivedi brushes off that relative low phase of 2011 with a stunner for Ishaqzaade." Bolly Spice gave the album 9/10, explaining that "Amit Trivedi is definitely one of the best composers around and he proves his detractors wrong with this soundtrack that stays true to his style and shows his versatility. It is easily the best soundtrack of this year so far." Glam Sham gave the album 8/10, noting that "Overall the album delivers a satisfying listening experience and should add one more success to both the producer and composer's credits." Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 7/10, saying that "With Kausar Munir's lyrics further setting the stage for him, Amit Trivedi comes up with a soundtrack which may surprise listeners to begin with (due to its unusual flavour) but should eventually find acceptance in due course of time." Times of India gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, commenting that Ishaqzaade "may not have too much on the platter with just five original tracks but it still manages to strike a chord with the listener. The album is definitely worth a shot." Richa Bhatia of Times of India praised the soundtrack's use of dubstep, a genre of electronic dance music, along with the "punchy" lyrics, "chutney and dash." Film composer Anu Malik also praised the soundtrack, stating that "it is the first time I have observed dubstep in a film and it's incredible."
Ishaqzaade received positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, saying that "On the whole, ISHAQZAADE, a volatile and intense story with ample doses of fanatical romance, should appeal to a pan-India audience. This broadly engaging love story has a winsome pair who deliver dexterous performances, besides popular music and several poignant moments, which should appeal to fans of mainstream films. Go for it!" Mrigank Dhaniwala of Koimoi gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, commenting that "On the whole, Ishaqzaade is an entertaining fare which works on the strength of its first half and the performances." Khalid Mohamed of Deccan Chronicle gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, concluding that "Ishaqzaade kicks off weakly and has its share of the deja pooh. Gradually, though, it gets under your skin..and rocks. Absolutely See-grade."
Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, quoting that "On the face of it, this is a fantastic Indian adaptation of Romeo And Juliet. But if you've ever loved someone without a sense of inhibition, then deeper in the recesses of its story Ishaqzaade is a saga of love being more important than life and death." Daily Bhaskar gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, writing that "Brilliant performance by the lead cast, an ecstatic climax which breaks the typical 'happily ever after' ending, is surely one of the top reasons to visit your nearest theatre. People from metros might find it difficult to relate to the culture or political drama that involves frequent gun-firing. Arjun and Parineeti's chemistry will remind one of the Ek-Duje Ke Liye genre of love stories from Bollywood." Shomini Sen of Zee News gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, noting that "Habib Faisal's earlier film Do Dooni Chaar had captured the Delhi and Punjabi culture well. In Ishaqzaade, he captures a small town in northern India and its typical nuances well."
Ishaqzaade had a good opening, with an occupancy of 70–90% in theatersand went on to collect 45.4 million (US$710,000) nett in its first day,51.5 million (US$810,000) on its 2nd day and 62.2 million (US$980,000) on its third day. The movie collected 159 million (US$2.5 million) nett in its first weekend and 257 million (US$4.0 million) nett in its first week. It broke the record of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na for the highest first weekend and first week collections for a Hindi non-starcast film in India. The movie had a good second weekend and collected 73.8 million (US$1.2 million) nett. The movie had a good second week, collecting 125 million (US$2.0 million) nett. The movie had a strong third weekend and went on to collect 43.4 million (US$680,000) nett. The movie collected 75.5 million (US$1.2 million) nett in its third week and thus declared a "hit" grosser. The film had lifetime collections of Rs. 47.50 crore in India.
The film was released in the Middle East and smaller markets. It grossed 25.0 million (US$390,000) at the end of its run. The film was not released theatrically in major markets like North America, Canada, United Kingdom,Nepal, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia.
- Screen Award for Best Playback Singer Female – Shalmali Kholgade ("Pareshaan")
- Star Screen Award for Best Playback Singer Male - Javed Ali ("Ishaqzaade")
- Stardust Award for Superstar Male - Arjun Kapoor
- Stardust Award for Superstar Female - Parineeti Chopra
- Stardust Award for Best Lyricist - Habib Faisal and Kausar Munir ("Ishaqzaade")
- Stardust Award for Best New Musical Sensation Singer Female – Shalmali Kholgade ("Pareshaan")
- Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut - Arjun Kapoor
- Zee Cine Award for Best Lyricist - Kausar Munir ("Pareshaan")
- Zee Cine Award for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Fresh Singing Talent - Shalmali Kholgade ("Pareshaan")
- TOIFA Award for Playback Singer Female - Shalmali Kholgade ("Pareshaan")
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