That delightful black comedy/thriller movie – Ishqiya featuring those lovable scoundrels Khalu and Babban is to return soon in its sequel. The whimsically named sequel Dedh Ishqiya will once again feature Naseeruddin Shah as Khalujaan and Arshad Warsi as Babban; however Vidya Balan’s character Krishna will be replaced by the female character of Shahi Begum (Begum Para) – the role of which will be essayed by the redoubtable Madhuri Dixit. We shall also see Huma Qureshi and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles.
Film– Dedh Ishqiya (Release date– 10 January 2014)
Starring – Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, Huma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz, Vivek Chauhan, Amrita Puri and Shraddha Kapoor in a special appearance
Production– Vishal Bhardwaj, Raman Maroo (Shemaroo Entertainment & Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures)
Director – Abhishek Chaubey
Story/Screenplay – Abhishek Chaubey, Vishal Bhardwaj, Gulzar
Music – Vishal Bhardwaj
Plot/Story of Dedh Ishqiya
Once again set in semi-rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Dedh Ishqiya will tell us about the 7 stages of love – “Saat muqaam hote hai…. Ishq mein… saat” informs the voice of Naseeruddin Shah’s character – Iftikhar or Khalujaan. The seven stages that begin with attraction and develop into attachment, then evolve into love, trust, worship, madness and then end in the last one; i.e. death. We see him romancing Madhuri Dixit in this film – some intimate scenes are also included as they were between the lead actors in the first film.
Having Madhuri Dixit playing the role of Shahi Begum (also referred to as Begum Para) in the film is something of a casting coup, as this is the first film of the actor since her relocation back to India. Reportedly the role of the Begum was penned with Madhuri Dixit in mind. We see Shah a little grayer and older looking but Babban and Khalujaan both look as roguish and delightful as ever. And Madhuri Dixit, who will also be seen doing some mujra dances choreographed by Birju Maharaj, looks as stunning as ever.
Dedh Ishqiya – First Look
We see a lot of old world tehzeeb – what with the flowery Urdu, the traditional outfits that hark back to Lucknowi courtesans and the general air of gentility in the trailer. However this aristocratic dignity on the one hand is offset by the earthy crudity of Arshad Warsi’s Babban on the other. It’s not clear what the significance of ‘dedh’ (one and a half) is yet – why the film wasn’t called Ishqiya 2 or Ishqiya Dobara or any of the other usual names preferred by sequel makers.
While Madhuri Dixit is paired opposite Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi is thought to be Huma Qureshi’s (Munniya) love interest. The second version also seems likely to be a story based on crime, intrigue, betrayal and the complex web of relationships. Similar to Vidya Balan’s character in the first movie, Dixit and Qureshi’s characters will also be dangerous and capricious. Qureshi’s character is probably the most complex one in the film says writer/director Abhishek Chaubey.
The Marketing of Dedh Ishqiya
The filmmakers are currently whetting the interest of the film-going junta by clever marketing tactics that reveal a little, hint at more but disclose very little. This is the first time that a movie trailer had an exclusive Facebook release – for about a day before it was released on any of the other social networking channels such as YouTube. And the release was timed at 1.30 (dedh baje). Very little about the story has been revealed, probably with a view to keep fans interested to see what’s next.
The filmmakers plan to introduce each character of Dedh Ishqiya with the help of teaser trailers – you can keep up to date by following the official pages of the film – Dedh Ishqiya on Facebook, and Dedh Ishqiya on Twitter.
By Reena Daruwalla