'Dedh Ishqiya' earns 19.5 crores at the box-office

Dedh Ishqiya’, a critically acclaimed film, was a slow opener although it recovered well and grew almost 70% over the weekend along with the weekends. It maintained a consistent run throughout the week. According to trade analysis, the week figures translated to 19.5 crores net and overseas in Pakistan and Middle eastern circuits added another 5.30 crores. Further predictions say that the second week should go steady due to word of mouth, critic reviews and no upcoming major releases at the moment. Trade analysis further says that the film will do well with extra and ancillary deals like satellite and music.

The film starred Madhuri Dixit, Huma Qureshi, Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah in lead roles and received rave reviews for the storyline and performance. According to website Bollyspice.com, ‘Dedh Ishqiya is an even better watch than its prequel and entertains with its dry humour, terrific dialogue and electric chemistry. It’s definitely one to watch, if only for the powerful performances from the all the leads and that exquisite Madhuri charm.’

According to critic Raja Sen, ‘Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, true to its fractional title, lives for those half lines, teasing and wheedling and coaxing its audience so that we fall in love even before the charms of the final act are upon us. Calling a film ‘One and a half’ instead of ‘two’ could signal varied intent, including tributes to Federico Fellini and/ or the ‘Naked Gun’ franchise, but I’d like to believe Chaubey’s superb sophomore effort shies away from the obvious name because it’d rather be called an equal than a sequel. Rarely is a Hindi film as mischievously besotted with wordplay, but one look at Chaubey’s co-conspirators confirms that no syllable has been picled accidentally. In this sleight – of – hand tale where gangsters point with iambic-meter before pointing with guns. It’s a marvel. ’

The film picks up from where ‘Ishqiya’ left off. Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) are on another escapade where they somehow get separated. Babban finds Khalujaan at a poetry festival hosted by the widowed begum of Mahmudabad (Madhuri Dixit-Nene). Khalujaan aims to participate in the competition and woo the Begum, thereby marrying her. Although Babban initially wishes to take his uncle back to their old life, he changes his plans on seeing the begum’s pretty attendant and confidant Munira (Huma Qureshi). They are pitted against an adversary in the form of Vijay Raaz.