Issaq (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 10 Critic Reviews | Evelyn Sharma, Prateik


Evelyn Sharma, Prateik, Makrand Deshpande, Ravi Kishan, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Amyra Dastur, Prashant Narayanan, Neena Gupta, Sudhir Pandey, Yuri Suri, Prashaant Kumar, Malini Awasthi, Ishtiyak Khan

Issaq Posterdirection:

Manish Tiwary


Manish Tiwary, Pawan Sony, Padmaja Thakore


Manish Tiwary



Vishal Sinha

weird aggregate rating 2.9/10music:

Sachin Gupta, Jigar, Krsna

produced by:

Shailesh R. Singh, Dhaval Gada, Reshmaa Kadakia





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Issaq (2013) on IMDb

Prateik Babbar and Amyra Dastur enjoy ride on `Issaq ki Sawaari`-Zee News
Manish Tiwary reveals the story behind making of 'Issaq'-Times of India
Screening of 'Issaq' to be held at multiplex close to Taj Mahal-Mid-Day
Issaq makers promote film through paan-Hindustan Times
Overcrowded Friday: Nine movies including Nasha, Issaq release this week-Indian Express


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  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-4
There are too many cracks in the film’s script. Trying to elucidate the tale of two families who have a history of rivalry between them, the writers unnecessarily adds a communist angle to it, almost to enrage you. With very little knowledge of what pushes communist terrorism
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  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-2
ISSAQ is being touted as the Indian adaption of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. At least Manish Tiwary has been honest here in revealing the source of his story line. But adapting it to suit Bollywood cinematic sensibilities and the times we live in takes another level of creativity.
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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-3
Manish Tiwary's Issaq attempts a giant leap from Verona to Varanasi and falls with a thud between two completely mismatched stools.The tools at the director’s disposal and the narrative material that he opts for are separated by both geography and sensibility. Either way, the gap is too wide
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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-4
They say a 'rose by any other name remains a rose'. Likewise, William Shakespeare's timeless classic 'Romeo and Juliet' by any other name will always arouse tremendous curiosity. The tragedy of two young, star-crossed lovers has always provided fodder to many films [Bollywood/Hollywood].
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  •  Mumbai Mirror -Karan Anshuman Rating-3
As you might've guessed, director Manish Tiwary's second outing after Dil Dosti Etc., Issaq, is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and set in Banaras. The Montagues and Capulets transform into gangland families Mishras and Kashyaps, and the characters' analogy is more
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  •  Indian Express -Shubra Gupta Rating-3
I had hopes from the colour-saturated beginning, because everything sprang up with such vividness. The picturesque Banaras, which never dims despite a million sightings. The young man, who like all young men, is desirous. The girl who has a freshness to her. But within a few minutes
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  •  DNA -Tushar Joshi Rating-3
Rahul and Bacchi do the rehearsed routine of courtship and indulge in lot of phone calls, silly banter, calling each other names and awkward kisses! Prashant Narayan’s track as the rebel leader who wants ownership of the sandpits owned by the families is included merely to raise
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  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-2
Back when he was making his Othello adaptation, Vishal Bhardwaj almost titled the film Issaq -- a take on the Hindi heartland's pronunciation of Ishq. Leading man Ajay Devgan's love for that title aside, better sense prevailed and Bhardwaj went ahead with the alliteratively correct Omkara.
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  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-2
Starkid Prateik Babbar who was last seen in an incredibly lackluster film Ek Deewana Tha comes back as a lead with yet another lackluster fare Issaq. The promos can be slightly misleading for they are severely cashing in on the only plus of the film - the music, but when you enter the theater
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-3
Tiwary sets the film in Benares, where the Kashyaps and the Mishras have a long-standing feud, presumably over common business interests. Their enmity routinely spills onto the streets when members of either camp encounter the other. Curses are exchanged, blood is spilled, and so it continues.
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Issaq (2013)
2.9 out of 10
based on
10 reviews.