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Dedh Ishqiya

(डेढ़ इश्क़िया)
10th January 2014- Comedy, Thriller
Dedh Ishqiya is a 2014 Indian black comedy thriller film directed by Abhishek Chaubey. It is a sequel to the 2011 critically acclaimed Ishqiya which is produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bhardwaj.
Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Dedh Ishqiya: Pictures, Posters

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Movie Cast

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Naseeruddin Shah Naseeruddin Shah Khalujan
Madhuri Dixit Madhuri Dixit Begum Para
Arshad Warsi Arshad Warsi Babban Hussain
Huma Qureshi Huma Qureshi Munniya
Vijay Raaz Vijay Raaz Noor Mohammad Italvi
Salman Shahid Salman Shahid

Movie Details

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Movie NameDedh Ishqiya
Original Language Nameडेढ़ इश्क़िया
English TranslationOne and a half love
Release Date10th January 2014
Languages Hindi, Urdu
StorylineDedh Ishqiya is a 2014 Indian black comedy thriller film directed by Abhishek Chaubey. It is a sequel to the 2011 critically acclaimed Ishqiya which is produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bhardwaj.
Story SummaryKhalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and his nephew Babban (Arshad Warsi), a thief duo, pose as a Nawab and his attendant, and manage to run away with a prized necklace from a jewellery shop. In the police chase they get separated, while Khalujan is hurt. Months later Babban traces Khalujan again, this time posing a nawab, at a poetry contest. It is a mushaira organized by Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit), the widowed Begum of Mahmudabad as per the wishes of her deceased husband. The winner would win the Begum as bride and in turn become the Nawab of Mahudabad. However, by the opening night, Babban traces Khalujan. Soon he falls in love with Begum Para's assistant, Muniya (Huma Qureshi), while Khalujan has his heart set on Begum herself.

Gradually the story progress a plot to kidnap the Begum is revealed. To complicate the matters there is another suitor in the fray, a local MLA-gangster Jaan Mohammed (Vijay Raaz), who posing as a poet, making a poet Nawab Italwi (Manoj Pahwa) write poetry for him in captivity. Khalujan tries to impress the Begum by giving her the prized necklace they stole earlier but on the final day Begum declares Jaan Mohammed as her to be husband and new nawab of Mahmudabad. Disappointed Khalujan approaches begum with a gun just before a masked man kidnaps her at gun point. Khalujan chases them and blocks their way only to discover that the masked man was Babban and Begum has plotted her own kidnapping to extort money from the new to be nawab (now Jaan Mohammad) as the Begum was left bankrupt by her late husband.
Babban calls Jaan Mohammed to bring 10 crore ransom money to a railway station who now is aware of Begum's plan. All four reach the railway station to collect money but find the bag empty and surrounded by Jaan Mohammad's goons. Much to their good fortune Nawab Italwi arrives with police force and cross-firing starts. Begum and Muniya escape from the situation leaving behind Babban and Khalujan only to be arrested. One and half month later both get bail and a message from Begum and Muniya who are now settled in an unknown city by selling off the prized necklace. Movie ends with the duo once again surrounded by Mushtaq (Salman Shahid) and his gang.
Run Time148 Mins
Movie BudgetINR 1500000000
Gross IncomeINR 4570000000

Movie Crew

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Writer (Screenplay)Abhishek Chaubey, Vishal Bhardwaj
Music DirectorVishal Bhardwaj
ProducerRaman Maroo, Vishal Bhardwaj
Production CompanyShemaroo Entertainment, Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures
CinematographySatyajit Pande
Writer (Lyrics)Gulzar
Writer (Dialogue)Vishal Bhardwaj
Film EditingA. Sreekar Prasad
Assistant DirectorTripathi Ankur, Celina John, Sabrina Khan, Aalaap Majgavkar, Rahil Patel, Chandradeep Singh Rathore
Co-ProducerMansi Maroo, Rekha Bhardwaj
ChoreographyRemo DSouza, Birju Maharaj
Production ManagerRakesh Mishra
Production ControllerAkshay Powale
Production DesignSubrata Chakraborthy, Amit Ray
castingHoney Trehan
Costume Designer (Assistant)Ankita Jha
Editor (Assistant)Aalaap Majgavkar
Casting (Associate)Jitendra Rai, Padam Mishra, Chander Nath Mishra, Taran Bajaj
Associate producerVikas Mehta, Sanjay Roy
line producerAnandita Sarkar
post-production supervisorTripathi Ankur, Aalaap Majgavkar
Script SupervisorSoma Roy
second unit director Honey Trehan
additional assistant directorLubna Yusuf
creative supervisorSaurabh H. Shah
behind the sceneSaurabh H. Shah
Marketing ManagerGagan Meshram, Faiz Akhtar
music producerClinton Cerejo, Ketan Sodha, Simaab Sen
backing vocalsSurabhi Dashputra

Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Arshad Warsi stated that he was paired with Huma and Madhuri was paired opposite Naseeruddin Shah.
  2. Its seven day global total stands at INR25.03 crore (US$3.9 million) nett.In its second week the movie made a total of INR7.86 crore (US$1.2 million).
  3. Dedh Ishqiya opened with an average occupancy at screens with a screen count of 1000–1200.The film was made on a budget of around INR15.00 crore (US$2.4 million) including its print and advertising.
  4. First look of the film was released on October 25, 2013 and the trailer got released on November 8, 2013.
  5. Madhuri Dixit performed mujra to a song titled Apne Karar Mein. Pandit Birju Maharaj choreographed the dance sequence for Madhuri Dixit for the film.
  6. The shooting was initially to start in September and was shifted to November later, but it was postponed even further. The shooting of Dedh Ishqiya began on 27 February 2013. The Mahmudabad palace near Sitapur was spruced up for the shoot.
  7. Its seven-day breakup is INR2.72 crore (US$430,000) on Fri, INR3.74 crore (US$590,000) on Sat, Rs INR4.90 crore (US$770,000) on Sun, INR1.94 crore (US$300,000) on Mon, INR2.84 crore (US$450,000) on Tue, INR1.88 crore (US$300,000) on Wed and INR1.62 crore (US$250,000) on Thu.
  8. The role of supporting actress first was offered to Asin Thottumkal but, she refused to work in a supporting role in Dedh Ishqiya and in one interview she said that she thought that her role is not very attractive so, she left the project. Kangana Ranaut then signed Dedh Ishqiya and said she was going to start shooting soon. But in December 2012 she opted out due to date issues. Huma Qureshi replaced Kangna Ranaut.
  9. movies distributors shares were sold for INR13.2 crore (US$2.1 million).
  10. At a private party, the producers of Ishqiya, Shemaroo and Vishal Bhardwaj, announced the sequel with the same cast and crew. In April 2012, Madhuri Dixit signed on for the sequel of Ishqiya, her first film after moving back to the country in November 2011 to play a grey character called Shahi Begum.
  11. The movie has raked in Rs 5.39crores nett ($876,000) at the Overseas Box Office in its opening week.


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  1. National award-winning critic Baradwaj Rangan praised the movie in his website, saying "This, really, is how sequels should be made, hewing close enough to the earlier film(s) so that they seem part of a cinematic continuum, and yet different enough so that we don’t feel we’re watching the same film all over again."
  2. In a positive review, Deepanjana Pal from Firstpost praised director Chaubey the most, saying: "Chaubey is two films old and compared to Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya is far more elaborate, complicated and ambitious. Like a skipping stone, the film touches upon a variety of genres — action, comedy, romance, social critique — and Chaubey handles them deftly".
  3. The film has also been praised for its language and getting Urdu back into the film industry. Shoaib Daniyal from NewsYaps says that "the most mellifluous Urdu is spoken" in Dedh Ishqiya and "Chaubey and Bhardwaj take advantage of the register to produce some crackling repartee and wit."
  4. Anupama Chopra, the Hindustan Times movie critic said, "Dedh Ishqiya is worth watching just for Abhishek Chaubey's ambition. He is not constrained by the demands of the box office."

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