Not many Hindi movies have successfully woven food into their narratives, look at Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and now Daawat-e-Ishq as this one too just misses the point.
What’s surprising in Daawat-e-Ishq is the fact that has kababs, biryanis, jalebis and phirnis all get their close-ups but the film on the whole is not tasty at all. Neither the romance nor the songs add up to the narrative of the film.
Daawat-e-Ishq is all about Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra), a disillusioned lady fed up with the dowry-seeking men presented by father (Anupam Kher) and Tariq Haider (Aditya Roy Kapur) who is a master chef.
Gulrez dreams of becoming a shoe designer. She is is frustrated with unreasonable demands for dowry and after her boyfriend of one month breaks her heart, she decides to run a con. The plan is to adopt a false identity, stage a fake nikaah and then frame her husband in a dowry harassment case citing 498A.
The suitor who falls in the trap is non other than our very own Tariq Haider. As the story progresses Gulrez genuinely falls in love with Tariq but then decides to ignore her feelings, take his money and run to USA. The grey shades of Gulrez gives Daawat-e-Ishq an edge but then the weak screenplay just messes up the entire dish. While the first half of the film is fun, the second half completely lacks logic.
Off the star cast, Aditya Roy Kapur is charming as the rough and ready cook, Anupam Kher is vulnerable and lovable as a father but Daawat-e-Ishq belongs to Parineeti Chopra, how has just got into the skin of the character completely. Parineeti Chopra is genuine and affecting, although she’s played this kind of spirited character a few times before.
Watch Daawat-e-Ishq if you have nothing else to do or best wait for a month as Daawat-e-Ishq would be served on one of the satellite channels during their Diwali Fest.
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