There is always a common man factor in every Habib Faisal script which helps the movie to sync in with the middle class audience as it doesn’t have the usual million dollar sets and all. After discussing so many socially significant things successfully and unsuccessfully, Habib Faisal has now taken the issue of dowry and presented it in a humorous way through his new film Daawat-e-Ishq.

Gullu is that well educated daughter of a clerk in the high court of Andhra Pradesh. She has this ambition to do fashion designing from the US and so many other dreams. For her father, the biggest dream is to see her get married. As the issue of dowry came in between these dreams, life wasn’t that happy for the father and daughter. Frustrated with the dowry system, Gullu and her dad decided to make financial benefit using the illegal side of dowry. The movie basically focuses on this PLAN of the duo.

The first half an hour of the movie is actually quite dull and like always Habib has invested his effort in building up a responsible middle class father. It is after the introduction of the plan, there happened to be some fun in the movie. Even when we enjoy the fun part, the sensibility of this unpolished plan that looks so hasty will bother us. And it is not that Telugu remake movie where we tend to switch off our logic for the sake of entertainment. Then there are some dramatic confessions, romance, some chaos and an all is well ending. Adding some more sensibility in to this planning thing and investing more time on the romance of the lead pair would have certainly helped Daawat -e-Ishq in being more entertaining.

The biggest positive or I should say the pleasure factor was seeing Aditya Roy Kapur in a vibrant, vivacious character. I hope some directors who are in search of a less eccentric Ranbir Kapoor (no offence – RK is an energy bonanza) would now find this actor appealing. As always Parineeti was cheerful and she looked perfect for this character. Hats off to Anupam Kher for that lovely performance as that innocent father. Rest of the cast was also nice.

Habib has kept the film visually engaging. The idea to include the law point in to the story was a good thought from Habib Faisal, but when it came to scripting the usage looked too filmy. The dialogues were good. Music was catchy. Cinematography was nice. Edits were okay.

Overall Daawat-e-Ishq is that passable harmless entertainer that falls into the okay category. The rating is 2.5/5. As there is no melodrama in the content, it will not bore you for sure.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


Categorized as Hindi, Review

By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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