Daawat-E-Ishq movie review

By Supriya Nair

Director – Habib Faisal

Actors – Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Anupam Kher

Rating- **

Abdul Kadri(Anupam Kher) is a clerk at the high court and plays a simple honest man who is trying to get his daughter married. His daughter Gulrez Kadri (Parineeti Chopra) is a shoe sales girl and is fed up of all the dowry seeking men. The film revolves around a revenge strategy formulated by Gulrez to get back at those who seek dowry. 
To pursue her dreams of going to New York she decides to con a potential groom by aiming to slap a dowry case on him, through a sting operation.
In her quest to find the perfect bakra, she ends up meeting Tariq Hydari ( Aditya Roy Kapoor ) who owns a restaurant in Lucknow.
From there begins the half baked recipe of love...

While Anupam has played the honest father in Khosla Ka Ghosla back in 2006, Parineeti's perky-buoyant role is nothing we haven't seen before. Right from her Hyderabadi accent to her quirky antics, she pulls off her role effortlessly.
While director Habib Faisal has managed to capture the essence of Lucknow amid the varied historic monuments and street food culture, most of the script has several loopholes and convenient liberties.
For instance, the concept of trying to con a guy by using fake ids and ultimately getting him caught by the police is slightly absurd. The beginning of the film tried to establish that Anupam is a man of principle, but after a minor accident he immediately agrees to help Parineeti in conning a guy.
Several chasing scenes in movie were forced. And there's a reason why Aditya has always been offered roles like a drug addict, drunkard or a gambler. Apart from his 'restaurant menu' dialogue, everything else he said in the film, with his standard head shake, was a haze.

Our verdict:
Despite adding a dash of Parineeti's chirpy and bubbly character, a dollop of funny dialogues by Anupam and a pinch of Aditya's confused Lucknowi andaaz, Habib Faisal's Dawaat is a predictably bland.
Anupam Kher is the only saving grace in the film.

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    Their road trip has been extremely adventurous, fun and insightful.
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