Golden Jubilee Club- Ishq : Love It Or Hate It But You Can’t Ignore It

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

ISHQIshq (1997) deals with the age-old class conflict in matters of heart. Here the love between rich boy-poor girl and rich girl-poor boy is explored through the rich Ajay(Ajay Devgan) falling in love with poor Kajal (Kajol) and rich Madhu(Juhi Chawla) flipping for poor Raja (Aamir Khan). These tie ups do not go well with the father’s of both Ajay and Madhu who are business magnates with complete loathing for poverty and hatred for poor people. The father’s roles have been essayed by Sadashiv Amrapurkar (as Ranjit Rai) and Dalip Tahil (as Harbanslal).

These twosome create obstacles, play nasty tricks, concoct crafty schemes to break their children’s undesirable liasions.They even succeed to create a rift between Ajay and Raja who were the best of friends earlier.They hatch a plan whereby it comes  across as if Raja and Kajal are having an affair.Things become more complicated and devious where the animosity between Ajay and Raja leads to solid misunderstanding amongst the couples.

Kajal and Raja agree to break their relationships with Ajay and Madhu respectively. Ajay and Madhu agree to get married with each other and that’s what their fathers desired. But does it really happen or do the real lovers get back together ? Can friends be more trustworthy than the family? Are the bonds of trust, love and heart more stronger than those of birth? The resolution of these questions forms the climax  where all is well that ends well.

Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla provided some real funny and comic moments . Ajay Devgan and Kajol were a perfect counterfoil with their brooding, intense romance.At places where Ajay Devgan tried his hand at comedy , his awkwardness at comic timing showed in comparison with Aamir Khan’s easy and natural act as a streetsmart charmer. Juhi Chawla gave an energetic performance with a first class comic timing in her mischievous characterisation. Kajol’s intense act kept the plot on the track.The chemistry between Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla in their Now-I-Love-You-Now-I-Don’t relationship formed the most entertaining portions of the film.

Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Dalip Tahil were competent but somewhat jarring while enacting slapstick comedy. Johnny Lever for once was not annoying and was quite likeable.

Though unbearable at times in the second half this part slapstick, part rom-com, part thriller and part a high-voltage melodrama made it a enjoyable family entertainer with its wacky humour,zany proceedings and dollops of  emotions. The director Indra Kumar seems to revel in Over-the-top execution of the proceedings and in this case too the OTT treatment clicks.

Music of the film by Anu Malik was a big plus. Neend Churai Meri, Dekho Dekho Jaanam, Miss Lova Lova and Ishq Hua-Kaise Hua became chartbusters.

The film was declared a hit. It was the fourth highest grossing film of the year behind Border,Dil Toh Paagal Hai and Pardes. Yet of all the four films declared hit in 1997, Ishq was the only one to go on and celebrate the golden jubilee!


•Ajay Devgan and Kajol’s romance started on the sets of Ishq that resulted in their long-lasting marriage.

•It was a third outing between Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla. They had earlier worked in QSQT and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.After Ishq this hit screen pair never worked together due to a serious misunderstanding between them during the shooting of this film.

•Anu Malik did not disappoint in his plagiarizing ways. The hit track Neend Churai Meri was a copy of Sending All My love by Latin freestlye-pop band Linear.

•Ajay Devgan and Aamir Khan have never worked together again since Ishq

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema’s keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema’s chameleon like traits.

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