Poetry colors & a solid story plot!!
Urdu classics like 'Umrao Jaan' revived the era of shayaris, the women dressed in ethnic attires wore traditional jewelry and walked and spoke with grace.
'Dedh Ishqiya' tries to bring the old-charm but mixes it with a rural feel provided by the characters Khallu and Babban from the prequel.
Khalujaan (Naseeruduin Shah) follows his young love Para (Madhuri Dixit) who is the Begum of Mahmudabad. After Begum's husband passes away she is finding a life partner who will also be crowned as the new Nawab.
Begum has a confidant Munira (Huma Qureshi) who is by her side always and also hosts a 'swayamvar' and shayars take part and try to impress her.
While Khallu tries to entice Begum Para, Babban on the other hand tries to woo Munira and both dream of settling in the Nawab palace with their lady love.
Khallu has competition in form of Jaan Mahmood (Vijay Raaz) who is a politician, a goon and wants to be crowned as the Nawab at any cost.
Arshad Warsi is the star of the movie. His style and the way he says dialogues is hilarious. He makes the audiences laugh every time he appears on screen.
Audiences burst when he says to Huma, "Samajh nahi ayaa.. ." and also when he scares Khaalu by saying "Tere saari tere.."
Madhuri Dixit has never looked so beautiful and she express brilliantly with her eyes. Watching her is like seeing 'poetry in motion'. Her dialogue narration is very eloquent, especially when she says "Zindagi ne hum par itne humle kiye, ki ek baar hum bhi palat ke waar karne ka jee chaaha".
Naseeruddin Shah plays both the parts beautifully. When he is a goon, he is rough and when he pretends to be the Nawab of Chandrapur, he is classy.
The way Naseeruddin explains the seven stages of love is poise - 'Dilkashi', 'Uns', 'Mohabaat', 'Aakidat','Ibadat' and 'Junoon'.
Huma Qureshi is outstanding as Munira, she is fluent in Urdu and that adds a lot of weight to the character, she is one lucky girl as she gets to work in the best made movies.
Vijay Raaz is terrific and plays his character really well.
Salman Shahid as Mushtaq is one solid actor. He makes his character as classic like 'Batman'.
Abhishek Chaubey is an artist as he creates a classic!
'Dedh Ishqiya' has poetry colors and a solid story plot.
Screenplay by the trio Gulzar, Vishal Bhardwaj and Abhishek Chaubhey is intriguing. Every character has a mystery around them and that's what makes the movie mystical and the end lives up to all the drama.
Chaubey also marries raunchiness with refinement and makes a movie that will cater to both classes & masses.
DOP Setu creates the old time magical palaces and takes you back in the era.
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is just right as he keeps the movie intact.
Music is marvelous by Vishal Bhardwaj. The tracks 'Dil ka mizaaj' lingers with you and 'Hamari Atariya Pe' is a treat for Madhuri fans.
In modern times making a movie like 'Dedh Ishqiya' is a huge risk and Vishal Bhardwaj is ready to put in his money and reputation where his heart is.
Abhishek Chaubey once again proves that brilliance is in keeping things simple and sweet; 'Dedh Ishqiya' is one movie that you will love losing yourself too.