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Director :  Habib Faisal
Music :  Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics :  Kausar Munir
Starring :  Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher and Karan Wahi

August 2, 2014 12:42:29 PM IST
updated March 9, 2015 5:53:15 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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YRF's latest offering, DAWAAT-E-ISHQ, directed by Habib Faisal (of DO DOONI CHAAR fame), has music by Sajid-Wajid, who have had hits like HEROPANTI and MAIN TERA HERO to their credit this year. The music of this romantic drama that is set in two diverse but food loving cities like Lucknow and Hyderabad, promises to be exciting and flavorful keeping the theme of food and romance in mind. So let's check out if Sajid-Wajid have prepared a gastronomic musical feast!

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Sajid-Wajid open proceedings with the title track, 'Dawaat-E-Ishq', an apt composition that sums up spirit and theme of the movie via traditional and techno 'qawwali' and has its inspiration in parts from the iconic qawwali, 'Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai' (BARSAAT KI RAAT). The Javed Ali-Sunidhi Chauhan rendered track has some very apt and interesting Urdu lyrics.

'Dawaat-E-Ishq' instrumental is decently orchestrated and arranged.


Wow! Sonu and Shreya (along with Keerthi Sagathia) together in an all-out intense, romantic track, 'Mannat', that stands out due to its heavy 'desi' (folk) flavor and fresh tune. It has different shades, at times its sufi inspired, then there is Arabic flavor as well and 'qawwali' touches.

The 'Mannat' reprise version makes for a good second hear.

All this seems fine, until an uneducated hotelier Tariq Haider (Aditya Roy Kapur) comes onto the scene. He charms them with his genuine love and after his parents have settled for Rs 40 lakh as dowry, he demands he spend three days with Sania Habibulla (Gulrez's fake identity). In three days, Sania realizes that Tariq is a good human being and she does love him. He too loves her.

Father gets cold feet before the marriage and Sania wants to go ahead as planned, even after Tariq has given enough evidence of what a gem of a man he is. For me, the film should have taken a sensitive turn here instead of allowing Sania to go ahead with her plan. Why can't a girl looking for genuine love, when she finds it, not be the same upright girl?

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Later, when Tariq comes in search of Gulrez to Lucnow, everything is settled so smoothly!


This also is another big problem area.

Parineeti shines in the first half hour, but after the plot loses its sting, she fumbles to stay afloat. Aditya as the rugged, uneducated lad from Lucknow too fits the bill. He tries his hardest best but again the script lets him down.

If only Faisal had not been over-excited about Section 498A, I believe we would have had a better feast!

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