What happens when an engineering student chooses a topic worth 2 PHd. dissertations for his engineering project ? The result resembles the product being reviewd - salam -e- ishq. Director Nikhil Advani’s much hyped attempt is no doubt inspired by the 2003 Richard Curtis directed ‘Love Actually’ but while that film made numerous records, Salam-e-ishq isnt even worth watching.
The editing in particular is too horrible, even by bollywood standards. But then again, the editor had to shorten a torturously long film otherwise the length would exceed well over 4 hours. The first half may seem pretty watchable, thanks to some excellent screen play. But again the director jus about concludes the task of introduction to the 6 couples. In the latter half your bound to lose track of how and when things go wrong and all the mega-boring drama does get you thinking ‘damn what time is it? I’m not sure if I can take this for much longer’
Not a flick for someone whose getting used to the quality of bollywood lately. Salman and Priyanka in particular don't do their fans any favors. Salman's role, and his execution of the role doesn't really reflect that the man's been in the industry for well over 15 years.
Like Curtis said for Love Actually in response to critics, “I’d rather make a film that most of the audience liked and some critics didn’t, than a film that critics loved and nobody wanted to watch.” Indian women addicted to them horrible Indian never ending soaps might jus love this flick, but for people like me who appreciate a flick like ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ or ‘Karam’ over the more hyped ones like ‘Kabhi Alwida Na Kehna’ , don’t even think about watching this one you won’t last 3 hours. I didn’t !
The Verdict : MEGA-FLOP, KEEP AWAY!