Issaq (2013)

Hindi 2 hrs 28 mins Drama
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Total Reviews: 31
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Review Summary: ISSAQ is absorbing and convincing in parts not in entirety. The final outcome could've been even more impactful...

Average Critic Rating: (1.85)
Cast: Prateik Babbar , Amyra Dastur , Ravi Kissen , Rajeshwari Sachdev , Makrand Deshpande , Neena Gupta , Prashant Narayanan , Sudhir Pandey , Prashant Kumar , Amit Sial , Vineet Kumar Singh , Yogesh Suri , Malini Awasthy , Evelyn Sharma , Yuri Suri , Sandeep Bose , Akhilesh Jha
Director: Manish Tiwary
Release Date: 26 Jul 2013
Est. Box Office Collection: 5.4 CR

Plot: Issaq is 2013 Hindi romantic film directed by Manish Tiwary and produced by Dhaval Gada and Shailesh R. Singh. The film, written by Padmaja Thakore-Tiwary, Manish Tiwary and Pawan Sony, was released on 26 July 2013. The film features Prateik Babbar, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Ravi Kishan and Makarand Deshpande as main Read more

Issaq - Top Reviews

’Jiski goli uski boli,’ says one of the characters in the film.
Sonia Chopra, SIFY
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
ISSAQ is absorbing and convincing in parts not in entirety. The final outcome could've been even more impactful...
Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Shakespeare would not be grateful for this representation
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
A love story adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of sand mafia political power games and Naxalites in Banaras.
Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India
It’s a pity that Issaq joins remarkable films like Maqbool, Omkara and Angoor on the list of Bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare. In a time when works of literature are judged by their TV and film versions, it could even give the Bard a bit of a bad rep.
Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times 
Love stories are one of our favorite genres in Hindi cinema. There are various themes in this genre out of which the top slot belongs to clash of rich vs. poor families followed by various films inspired by Shakespeare's classic play "Romeo & Juliet". Thi
Divya Solgama, Movie Zadda
You could skip it!
Mohar Basu, Koi Moi
What should have been a passionate romance between Romeo and Juliet which eventually leads to a brutal ending, is turned into a mindless mixture of unappealing sequences, each of which end in infinite bullets being fired at everyone possible
Actors like Amit Sial and Vineet Kumar Singh play supporting parts but manage to make an impression whenever they are on the screen. Rajeshwari Sachdev, too, strikes a chord with her portrayal of a married seductress who evolves into a fiery revenge-seeke
Cast:Prateik Babbar, Amyra Dastur, Ravi KissenDirector:Manish Tiwary'Issaq', directed by Manish Tiwary has texture, some interesting characters, and a premise ripe with potential. Yet all that is squandered away in this rather literal adaptation of Romeo
Rajeev Masand, IBN 

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Issaq - All Reviews

Despite the many old-fashioned ideas of love, sacrifice, defiance and duty, it is still relevant to India, even now.
Nupur Barua, Rate Movies Here
A downright goofy take on Romeo And Juliet
Devesh Sharma, FilmFare
Manish Tiwari''s Issaq is said to be inspired by Shakespeare''s classic Romeo and Juliet. But Alas! the film neither narrates a great love story nor offers any brilliant performance. Though the story has nothing good to offer, the makers have captured Ban
Puri, OneIndia
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HaribabuBolineni, Chirtamala
 Hardly any aspect of the film is worth a write-up, the movie is shoddy from the right-go.
Deepti Kanojia, Rate Movies Here
For an audience already fed on too many versions of Romeo-Juliet and North gang-lord sagas, this one looks like a wannabe rehash of all. The less said the better. Shakespeare must be turning in his grave.
Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice
In one of the weirdest character entries/introductions, Prateik in Issaq is seen in a flashback montage defending himself against Naxals and getting shot in the foot
Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror
On the whole, Issaq is a dull and dry drama in spite of abundant violence and action in it. It lacks in entertainment value and will, therefore, fail to deliver at the ticket windows.
Komals Reviews
Overall, Issaq is just about Ok in bits and pieces. An interesting first half and a few romantic scenes are the only saviors. You can easily skip this film and watch other films which are based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Neha Prashar Gupta, Bollywood 3
Prateik and Amyra Dastur fumble, fail and fall flat!
Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywood Life
Emotional treat but could have been crisp
Bharat Student
Director Manish Tewary tries to replicate the magic of epic love story but infusing all ingredients but fails to spice up the drama and romance that was required to create magic on screen, as a result Isaaq starts and ends as a tragedy.
Abhishek Bhardwaj, Rate Movies Here
The movie unfolds in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh in the rustic terrains of Varanasi
Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
The film shall bring viewers a step closer to the desi-dining halls, rasois, wrestling akhadas and the likes but is not a first-rate depiction of Benaras
Siddhi Palande, BookMyShow
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India Glitz
Nothing prepares you for this. The bludgeoning impact of director Manish Tiwary`s desi Varanasi mustsee adaptation of William Shakespeare`s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ would have certainly made Shakespeare smile.
Zee News
Fails to recreate the Romeo-Juliet magic!
Bollywood Life
Issaq is an overcooked film with bad screenplay; horrendous acting by the lead cast and hence happens to be devoid of any reason to watch.
Mansha Rastogi, Now Running
Issaq is a dull and dry drama in spite of abundant violence and action in it. It lacks in entertainment value and will, therefore, fail to deliver at the ticket windows.