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Dangerous Ishhq: Death is not the end

May 10, 2012

“What is my soul trying to tell me?” Karisma Kapoor asks a character in ‘Dangerous Ishhq’. It’s a serious moment in the film, one that is expected to lead to a major plot point, but all you can do is try hard not to burst out laughing.

All the characters in Vikram Bhatt’s latest 3D project are trying so hard to “act” in a film that has inane dialogue, a ridiculous storyline and absolutely no honesty at heart — that their acting rings hollow.

Karisma Kapoor, in her comeback film, plays one of her most lacklustre characters, that of supermodel Sanjana who gives up a flourishing career (in Paris, no less) so that she can be with her boyfriend Rohan (Rajniesh Duggall), the son of a rich industrialist. When unknown men kidnap Rohan, Sanjana starts “seeing” incidents from her past lives (three of them), giving her clues to Rohan’s whereabouts.

With the help of police officer ACP Singh (played by Jimmy Shergill), she helps track down her fiancé, firm in the belief that events from past lives are still relevant. “Dangerous Ishhq” harks back to the tried and tested Bollywood formula of rebirth and reincarnation, but Bhatt attempts to give it a slick look with 3D.

Unfortunately, the film has so many plot holes the entire effort falls flat. Characters routinely mouth dialogue that is unintentionally hilarious. Try as you might, it’s hard to take this kind of stuff seriously.

Karisma Kapoor, returning to the big screen after several years, looks botoxed and obsessed with her high heels and make-up. Her diction in scenes requiring Urdu and Rajasthani is so laboured, you wish she’d give it up and break into English instead. Duggall, on the other hand, doesn’t do much except give pained looks from time to time. The chemistry between the two of them, so important for romance movies, is non-existent.

This is one of those movies that’s so bad it’s good. Gather a bunch of friends and laugh your heart out. If you are looking for a serious movie-watching experience, stay far away.

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