Here?s yet another Indianised version of UNFAITHFUL. After HAWAS and MURDER, this week has ISHQ QAYAMAT coming to a theatre near you. But this film is not merely inspired by UNFAITHFUL, but BEZUBAAN [Reena Roy ? Shashi Kapoor ? Naseeruddin Shah] as well.
Suman [Suman Ranganathan] has been married to Ravi [Milind Gunaji]. Suman takes a break from her household chores and goes to visit her friends from college days. There, she meets Ajay [Deepak Jethi], one of her friends when in college.
When Ajay and Suman meet this time, there are sparks? the passion ignites and she spends some intimate moments with him.
Suman returns to her husband, completely oblivious to what?s in store for her. She receives a call from a woman who claims to have pictures of Ajay and Suman in various compromising positions. The woman is Shweta [Kashmira Shah], a club dancer cum professional blackmailer, who now demands a ransom. Or else, she?ll reveal all to the unsuspecting husband.
Suman decides never to meet Ajay, but she is lured towards him. With lust on their minds, they spend some cosy moments yet again. Strangely, Shweta clicks their pictures and now demands a fatter ransom this time.
Suman tells Ajay all about Shweta and the blackmailing tactics. Ajay decides to teach Shweta a lesson. The next morning, Suman watches a television news-report that states that Ajay and Shweta have been found murdered under mysterious circumstances.
Later in the day, Suman gets a call from Ajay and she is perplexed. Is Ajay dead or alive? If he has been murdered, who?s making calls from his cellphone? The mystery deepens?
ISHQ QAYAMAT has ample doses of sex and drama as its selling points. While the first half is routine, concentrating on intimate moments, the suspense factor takes over the post-interval portions.
Director V. Menon succeeds in building the mystery in the second half. However, a better-thought conclusion would?ve only helped. To make the husband forgive the wife so easily looks like a total compromise from the writing point of view.
Even otherwise, the script is not foolproof. The flashback portions, when Milind Gunaji narrates his tale in the climax, could?ve been better penned. Yet, Raghu Menon?s screenplay is engrossing at places. Dialogues [Deepak Sneh] are alright.
Music [Bobby Rehman] is decent. However, the romantic song in the second half [filmed on Milind, Suman] can easily be deleted for its acts as a speed-breaker in the narrative.
Milind Gunaji makes an attempt to infuse life in his character. He succeeds partly. Suman Ranganathan looks alluring, but her diction is faulty. A professional dubbing artiste would?ve only enhanced the overall performance. Deepak Jethi does a fine job. Kashmira Shah is competent. Shehzad Khan leaves a mark.
On the whole, ISHQ QAYAMAT is an ordinary fare. At the box-office, a reasonable price-tag coupled with some ?hot? scenes should ensure good revenue from smaller centres.