Daawat-E-Ishq (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 28 Critic Review | Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra


Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher

Dawaat-E-Ishq Posterdirection:

Habib Faisal


Habib Faisal


Habib Faisal



Himman Dhamija



produced by:

Aditya Chopra



weird aggregate rating Daawat-E-Ishq 5.1/10genre:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

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run time:
123 minutes

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  •  Masala.com -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-5
Parineeti Chopra is one of the most versatile actors we have these days, the kind of versatility that is reflected in her choice of err…cities. After playing a young vivacious, feisty girl of Delhi in Ladies vs Ricky Behl, she played a young vivacious, feisty girl of UP in Ishaqzade and then a young

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-5
Romantic comedies thrive on chemistry. And though Daawat-e-Ishq is more of a message carrying film, the gratuitous romantic angle spoils the film’s soul. There was no need to based this film on romance. It would have worked better. But Bollywood cannot abandon its tendencies of falling

  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-5
Bollywood has, over the years, witnessed many a film, which spoke about and highlighted the age old 'tradition' of the evil dowry system. In the past, films like MEHNDI, GHAR HO TOH AISA etc. have spoken of this social evil. This week's release DAAWAT-E-ISHQ also treads on the same

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-6
More masala-heavy bhelpuri than saffron-tinged biryani, Daawat-e-Ishq is a smorgasbord of conflicting genres that do not mix particularly well. The film kicks off in the manner of a social drama, turns into a mild crime caper, then takes on the dimensions of a culture clash comedy

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-7
Filmmaker Habib Faisal managed to get all the right ingredients in Daawat E Ishq. Casting tops that list. Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapoor along with Anupam Kher ensure you are glued to the screen and entertained as well. Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) is an educated shoe-sales

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-3
The story of a bright-eyed Hyderabadi ‘potti’ and a strapping Lucknowi  lad (I would use a better alliteration here, but will desist) swilling biryani and kabab and phirni should be, by all rights, popping with flavour. But ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ is so annoyingly bland that you wonder who cooked

  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-5
Set in Hyderabad and Lucknow, Daawat-E-Ishq, is a love story that also talks about a social cause. Written and directed by Habib Faisal, this film revolves around Gulrez aka Gullu (Parineeti Chopra), a young, independent shoe sales girl who plans to go abroad for further studies.

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-4
The intention of director Habib Faisal is noble, but the route he has taken is long and boring. What Faisal wants to depict is how a woman makes the best from Section 498A of the Anti-Dowry Act. What I gather he was trying to portray, according to what he has been saying in interviews

  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-6
Daawat-E-Ishq is like an exuberant menu of a newly opened restaurant that’s eager to please with its spread of scrumptious offerings that balances crowd-favourites with substance. While the sides are undercooked, the entree leaves an enjoyable aftertaste that owes much credit to

  •  Hindustan Times -Rohit Vats Rating-6
Before you get confused, let me tell you that Daawat-e-Ishq is not a ‘serious’ film where social paradoxes are killing people. It’s a light-hearted take weaved around the consistent demand of dowry from the groom’s side in India, and how an educated girl counters it with her wickedly twisted

  •  Zee News -Anindita Dev Rating-5
The movie starts on this note--an extravaganza for food lovers, filled with the successful recipe to brew a spicy love. `Daawat-e-Ishq`, a Habib Faisal direction, explores the romantic drama that unfurls between Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur, but with a strong social message.

  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-6
Food is magical - it inspires love, lust, art, poetry, sex and of course, cinema. The master chef of this one, director Habib Faisal, whips up a story in the city of nawabs - over kitchen fires, kebabs, dough and the (socially relevant) dowry system. It's a feast for the eyes, though there's

  •  CNN IBN -Rajeev Masand Rating-4
Texture is everything, and writer-director Habib Faisal is in on that secret. From the car-purchasing ambition of a middle-class school teacher's family in Do Dooni Chaar, to the rapidly expanding business plans of a pair of hardworking Janakpuri entrepreneurs in Band Baaja Baaraat

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-5
First things first, the film is nowhere as exotic as its title. We've all been to buffets where the food looks more enticing than it tastes; this is the cinematic version of that. Apart from that, the film is unclear on its own take on the issues it touches upon. It's disappointing when a film isn't sure

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Suparna Sharma Rating-3
Something must be said about Bollywood’s generosity of spirit. No matter how lame the script, how mangy the screenplay, and how lackadaisical the director about the whole affair, kindly producers throw money to encase tedious mediocrity in bright, lavish frames.

  •  DNA -Sarita Tanwar Rating-5
A Hyderabad girl Gulrez Qasir (Parineeti Chopra) is tired of the dowry demands from the parents of prospective grooms and decides she wants revenge. She hatches an elaborate plan with her father (Anupam Kher) to con a rich boy and run away with his money and make her dreams come

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-5
That writer-director Habib Faisal is talented, a keen connoisseur of small-town flavour and middle-class mayhem (Band Baaja Baarat), an observer of charming idiosyncrasies (Do Dooni Chaar), is beyond doubt. But ever so often, his writing bleeds glimpses of a disconnected mind riddled with

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-6
A beautiful Hyderabadi girl meets a charming Lucknow boy and love blossoms amidst culinary extravaganzas. If that's what you expected from this latest offering from Yash Raj Films you would be quite disappointed. The food and locations seem to just serve as cleverly chosen garnishing

  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-7
Daawat-e-Ishq in first look appeared to be just another delicacy from YRF’s kitchen. As the ingredients and serving pattern of this Daawat was almost similar to their earlier treats including Shuddh Desi Romance and Ishaqzaade. The main ingredient (Parineeti Chopra) and look &

  •  The W14 -Mayank Shekhar Rating-6
With passage of time, there are a couple of things we began to see less and less of in mainstream Hindi films, although they used to be so common up until a couple of decades ago. The first is this genre called the ‘Muslim social drama’ with movies like Nikaah in the ‘80s or Sanam Bewafa

  •  Book My Show -Teena Elizabeth Rating-6
There have been very few love stories from the kitchens of Bollywood. When zaikedaar food comes together with a heart-warming story, we get the perfect foodie film. And in India, food and films go hand-in-hand. But Daawat-e-Ishq can’t be termed as the best gastronomic-cum-cinematic

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-4
An indigestible yawnmencer (read romancer) where the food looks great (the kababas, biryanis, firni, sheer korma, gol gappas) making you hungry but the romance is undercooked making it an unpleasant exercise that offers no pleasure or surprise. This YRF latest helmed by the

  •  Bollywood Life -Prateek Sur Rating-4
Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra), daughter of a court clerk (Anupam Kher), is fed up of grooms coming to check her out and asking for humongous amounts of dowry. No one bothers to check how qualified and brainy she is, as all they are concerned about the dowry.

  •  Filmi Beat -Priyanka Prasad Rating-4
Daawat-E-Ishq starring Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur has released today, and while watching this movie I realized something, that a good movie is exactly like good food, when you eat a good yummy dish you can't resist licking you fingers but when you eat a bland dish no matter

  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-7
‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ is a delectable love story. And what I like about this flossy romance is that it manages to pack-in a neat little message for prospective grooms and dowry-seeking parents. Usually I love Parineeti Chopra, who plays the feisty Gulrez Qadir, in this film. Gullu is good

  •  India Today -Vinayak Chakravorty Rating-6
IT doesn't quite leave you hungry for more, but Habib Faisal's new film has the important ingredient of an original flavour driving its core idea. It is almost like the makers set out to serve you a scrumptious spread. They end up serving fast food, though yummy it is not entirely fulfilling.

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-5
Writer-director Habib Faisal begins beautifully. We meet Gulrez, played by Parineeti Chopra. She is a gold medallist and basketball champion who can’t find a husband because her father, a clerk two years away from retirement, can’t afford the dowry being demanded by any half-decent groom.

  •  Business Of Cinema -Udita Jhunjhunwala Rating-5
Habib Faisal promised us a food film but served up superficiality dressed up in a lesson on society and culture. If you had never heard of it before, after watching Daawat-E-Ishq you may not crave Lucknowi kebabs but you will certainly know what section 498A is – it’s the section that protects

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Ratings Breakdown-

Rating Scale - Out of 10
Weird Aggregate Rating(WAR) - 5.1/10 (28 reviews)
Male Critics - 5.3 (14)
Female Critics - 5.0 (14)
Highest Rating  - 7.0 (3)
Least Rating - 3.0 (2)
Most Given Rating - 5.0 (10)

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5.1/10 rating from
Reviews: 28.