Dangerous Ishhq marks the comeback of powerhouse actress and star Karisma Kapoor to Bollywood. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, backed by Reliance Pictures and music by Himesh Reshammiya, I expected a potboiler Bollywood film with extra masala thanks to the use of 3D.
Alas, I came home tonight really wishing I had checked out this week’s other release, Ishaqzaade, instead – because no other film could have been worse.
Dangerous Ishhq tells the story of Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor), who decides to give up a lucrative career assignment to stay back and marry her boyfriend Rohan (Rajneesh Duggal). Unfortunately, fate has something else in mind and Rohan is kidnapped. In an effort to get him back, Sanjana has to delve back into her past lives for clues and explanations.
Disclaimer – I’m a massive Karisma Kapoor fan. I think she was highly underrated in the 90s. Unlike her sister Kareena, Karisma made her name by acting in masala films with the author-backed roles only coming to her late in her career. When she announced her return to Bollywood, I was absolutely full of excitement. And it is very likely this will be her last film thanks to the disaster called Dangerous Ishhq.
Dangerous Ishhq is neither entertaining nor exciting nor engaging. For the 2+ hours, there wasn’t single moment that wasn’t flawed. A cheesy plot with substandard production values combined with mediocre acting meant that not a single moment was enjoyable. The plot is old-fashioned and may find some favor in the smaller centers but the entire film lacks entertainment. Vikram Bhatt tries to add some cheap thrills by having 3D objects flying into the audiences face and overdramatized suspense moments – exactly the scenes you found in B-grade Hollywood movies from the 80s.
Karisma is also a major letdown. While she has significant presence, her characters lack depth and she doesn’t have anything challenging to do. She also doesn’t seem sure of herself and thus her screen presence suffers. Heavy makeup and bad lighting also diminish her natural beauty. The supporting cast is also disappointing. Rajneesh Duggal gets the plum part of the male lead but is unable to bring charisma to his role. The normally dependable Jimmy Shergill sleepwalks through his role and looks haggard.
I’m not just disappointed with this movie but angered. How could Karisma do such a film? She deserves so much more! Was Jimmy Shergill not thinking when he read the script? And does Vikram Bhatt think that 3D visual effects are more important than the script and screenplay?
Dangerous Ishhq is a disaster in one word and Karisma Kapoor should brace herself for the negative feedback. As for you, only watch this movie if you enjoy pain. Otherwise, recommend it to someone you dislike as it is a great, legal way to inflict pain on others.
Dollz Rating: 0.5 stars out of 5
The makers of India’s first Stereoscopic 3D movie ‘Haunted 3D’ now bring you India’s first true 3D thriller ‘Dangerous Ishhq’. Supermodel Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) and Rohan, son of one of the nation’s foremost business tycoons have been one of the most popular couples in the social circuit. When Sanjana decides against flying to Paris at the last minute- for a lucrative modeling assignment, she does so, not just because she cannot bear to stay away from her boyfriend Rohan, but more importantly because her instincts push her against going. But what her instincts cannot do is stop Rohan from getting kidnapped.
The high profile kidnapping creates chaos in Sanjana’s life. The kidnappers demand INR 50 crores. The Police however believe that even paying the ransom will not bring Rohan back. Time is of utmost essence. Death stares Rohan in the eye. It is in this extreme trauma that Sanjana discovers something extraordinary. She sees visions of them together- sometime in the past- in different eras.
She is confused initially but in her visions lay definitive clues that could lead her to save the love of her life. As she follows clue after clue she gets closer and sometimes further away from the love that has been eluding her through the ages.
An enticing suspense thriller, Dangerous Ishhq is Sanjana’s tryst with Destiny. Would she be able to unravel the past to save her future? Would she be able to rescue her love and expose his true captors?