DIRECTOR: Habib Faisal
CAST: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher
The story of a bright-eyed Hyderabadi potti and a strapping Lucknawi lad (I would use a better alliteration here, but will desist) swilling biryani and kabab and phirni should be, by all rights, popping with flavor. But Daawat-e-Ishq is so depressingly bland that you wonder who cooked this one up, and for whom
Gulrez Qadir (Chopra) lives a humdrum life in Hyderabad with her father (Kher). The duo, tired of timorous grooms and their greedy parents, show up in Lucknow, and run into Tariq Haider (Kapur) and family. At this point the film descends into a tiresome contrivance that it never really pulls off, and never recovers from.
Dowry, and Section 498 A (raised portentously many times) is the bug-a-boo that raises its ugly head in the film, and you would cheer if its inclusion wasnt so unbelievably shoddy. Is this some kind of a joke
The coming together of Gullu and Taaru feels like left-overs, because this new Bollywood pairing doesnt lift off the screen. Its not for the lack of individual trying. Chopra is an actor who is consistently watchable, even when she is given a part thats not completely credible (like in her previous outing, Hasee Toh Phasee). And I liked Kapur in the super-schmaltzy Aashiqui 2.
Here, both are doing what they are told to do, Chopra in the regular-girl make-up and attire as well as in her flashier avatar, and Kapur as the kohl-eyed not-very-educated-but-all-heart guy. But both are left to fend for themselves in a tepid script which goes nowhere slowly.
As Gullus straight-laced but loving father, Kher gives the film its only moments of honesty. The rest is an unpalatable snoozefest.