ISHQIYA is round the corner and it's the rustic appeal of the film which is appearing to be one of the most exciting aspects of this Abhishek Chaubhey directed affair.
Nods Arshad Warsi in agreement, "I would call ISHQIYA an Indian cowboy movie; you know the kind of films we saw with a Western theme to them. In fact it would also give you a feel of SHOLAY with this entire 'gaon' angle to it and Naseer and me being characters similar to Jai and Veeru characters."
One wonders though if is he serious while saying so. "Hey, I am not kidding at all. The film is quite rooted with characters like thakurs and ruffians jo sach mein bahaut gande log hain. For us 'mama-bhanja' on the run, it only turns out to be a thrilling ride", he smiles.
Talking about ISHQIYA being a Western affair, one also remembers the kind of flicks that late Feroze Khan used to make in his heydays. Any comparisons with such genre of cinema? "None at all", protests Arshad, "They were all wonderful affairs but were styled as English Western flicks. As I said earlier, ISHQIYA is far more rooted. People ask me whether a narrative like this is first of its kind. Well, I don't know whether something like this has been attempted in Bollywood before but one thing is for sure that it is a very interesting narrative to be a part of."
Starring Vidya Balan as the femme fatale, ISHQIYA releases all over on 29th January 2010.