Film Review | Issaq
Every overused UP drama trick is in Manish Tiwary's 'Romeo and Juliet'
Director Manish Tiwary’s Romeo and Juliet, set in a Benares where the air is dense with ganja and gulal, has no new vocabulary. Baz Luhrman has done Shakespeare; so has our Vishal Bhardwaj, both quite convincingly. Issaq is ear-splittingly loud—every character is on a boil, screaming foul with contorted facial features. Storytelling is linear and predictable, performances by the lead actors, Prateik and Amyra Dastur as Rahul Mishra and Bachchi Kashyap, are far from electric. Rahul and Bachchi speak to each other as if they were already in a domestic contract in which the man rules. This Romeo and Juliet have not a scintilla of the kind of precarious spark that Shakespeare’s lovers had.
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