Film Review: Ishqiya (2010) by Abhishek Chaubey

by Saayak Santra

There are not many black comedies in the realm of Bollywood. One of the reason for that may be that filmmakers do not think that black comedy goes hand to hand with the modes of storytelling from an Indian perspective, that it provides more of a European perspective towards life. Yet, Abhishek Chaubey, in his directorial debut, chose to go down that road.

Ishqiya” is a 2010 Indian black comedy film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and Salman Shahid in the lead roles. The film tells the story of two thieves, Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), who are on the run after stealing from their boss, Mushtaq. Khalujaan and Babban are uncle and nephew, and there is the added complication that Mushtaq is Khalujaan’s brother in law. Khalujaan tries to rely on this connection to escape Mushtaq’s murderous plans for revenge,

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