Ishaqzaade is a 2012 Bollywood romantic drama film written and directed by Habib Faisal, and produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Arjun Kapoor in his debut alongside Parineeti Chopra. The official trailer was released on 15 March 2012 and the film was released on May 11, 2012.
In a small town in UP where muscle powers reigns and politics is conducted through the muzzle of a gun, Parma (Arjun Kapoor) is one of the grandsons of Chauhan, a political leader who is contesting for the post of the MLA. Chauhan’s bête noire, Qureshi, is the current MLA of the area. Chauhan and Qureshi are sworn enemies, whose fight for supremacy often leads to gun battles in broad daylight. Parma, who is one of the ringleaders of the Chauhan family, wants to rise up the family ladder. He brazenly uses his might to do things for the family. On the other hand, Zoya (Parineeti Chopra), Qureshi‘s gusty daughter, is no less than her brothers in her hate for the Chauhans. While canvassing for votes in their college, Parma and Zoya have a tiff and Zoya slaps Parma in front of everyone. As he has orders from the family patriarch to not indulge in violence, Parma stops short of shooting Zoya. Soon, he falls for her and woos her till she reciprocates his love. The two meet secretly and even get married in the presence of two of Parma’s friends. Immediately afterwards, Parma has sex with Zoya. Then, to her surprise, he abandons her, claiming revenge for the slap. Parma even uses photos of Zoya getting married in the Hindu way – without showing his own face – to rubbish her family’s name. As a result, Zoya’s dad loses the election. Parma becomes his grandfather’s blue eyed boy. Zoya’s father decides to snap all ties with her. Zoya, meanwhile, escapes from her home with the intention to put a bullet in Parma’s head. In the climax they commit suicide.
Ishaqzaade has new comer Arjun Kapoor along with Parineeti Chopra, in lead roles. Arjun was set to debut in Virus Diwan, however, Ishaqzaade was later designed for Arjun by Yash Raj Films. Amit Trivedi has been selected as the Music Director for the film, while the lyrics have been penned by Kausar Munir. Rekha and Chinni Prakash, National Award winners for Jodhaa Akbar have been chosen as the choreographers, while Sham Kaushal is the Action Director.
Official filming began on 15 October, 2011. A big part of the movie Ishaqzaade was shot at Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh.
Music Aloud rated the album 9/10, saying that "Amit Trivedi brushes off that relative low phase of 2011 with a stunner for Ishaqzaade." Bolly Spice gave the album 9/10, explaining that "Amit Trivedi is definitely one of the best composers around and he proves his detractors wrong with this soundtrack that stays true to his style and shows his versatility. It is easily the best soundtrack of this year so far." Glam Sham gave the album 8/10, noting that "Overall the album delivers a satisfying listening experience and should add one more success to both the producer and composer's credits." Music Perk rated the album 7.5/10, quoting that "A different album with songs that you will enjoy and even find yourself grooving to some." Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 7/10, saying that "With Kausar Munir's lyrics further setting the stage for him, Amit Trivedi comes up with a soundtrack which may surprise listeners to begin with (due to its unusual flavour) but should eventually find acceptance in due course of time." Times Of India gave the album 6/10, commenting that ""Ishaqzaade" may not have too much on the platter with just five original tracks but it still manages to strike a chord with the listener. The album is definitely worth a shot."
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