Ishaqzaade (transl.Lovers) is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language romantic thriller film written and directed by Habib Faisal, and produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films. The film stars debutant Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles, with Gauahar Khan, Natasha Rastogi, Anil Rastogi and Shashank Khaitan in supporting roles.[1] The official trailer was unveiled on 15 March 2012, and the film was released on 11 May 2012.[2]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byHabib Faisal
Written byHabib Faisal
Story byAditya Chopra
Habib Faisal
Produced byAditya Chopra
StarringArjun Kapoor
Parineeti Chopra
Gauahar Khan
CinematographyHemant Chaturvedi
Edited byAarti Bajaj
Music byOriginal Songs:
Amit Trivedi
Background Score:
Ranjit Barot
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 11 May 2012 (2012-05-11)
Running time
132 minutes
144 minutes (Uncut)
100 minutes (International Cut)
LanguageHindi / English
Budget₹30 crore
Box office₹70 crore

Ishaqzaade received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise directed towards Chopra's performance, and was a commercial success at the box-office.[citation needed]

At the 58th Filmfare Awards, Ishaqzaade received 3 nominations, including Best Actress (Chopra) and Best Male Debut (Kapoor). Additionally, Chopra received the National Film Award – Special Mention at the 60th National Film Awards for her performance in the film.

Title edit

The title of the film is modeled on common Hindi slangs ending in zaade (meaning "child of" in Persian influenced languages such as Hindi and Urdu); for example, shehzaade (meaning "son of a king" or "prince") with the first part of the name Ishaq being a vulgar pronunciation of Ishq (meaning "passionate romantic love"). The title may be loosely translated as "Rebel Lovers" (literally "Children of Love").

Plot edit

The Chauhans and the Qureshis are two political families whose rivalry and mutual hatred for one another goes back generations. Parma (Arjun Kapoor) is a good-for-nothing local thug, grandson of the patriarch Surya Chauhan. Surya often takes digs at Parma for being the useless son of his widowed daughter-in-law Parvati, and this makes Parma try to prove himself worthy. Zoya (Parineeti Chopra), a practising Muslim who offers Salat five times a day, is the trigger-happy, hot-tempered, only daughter in a traditional Muslim house full of brothers, along with her patriarchal chauvinistic parents. She desires to go into politics like her father Aftab, but this dream is constantly laughed at by her family since she is a woman.

When the local elections take place, Parma and Zoya's canvassing efforts lead to a clash between them, which results in Parma being slapped across the face by Zoya. While Parma is enamored by Zoya's fearlessness, Zoya is intrigued by his charm, including his inability to properly pronounce her name, calling her "Joya", instead of the proper "Zoya". They fall in love after a series of incidents bring them together, and elope; Parma converts to Islam and changes his name to Parvez. After marriage, Parma and Zoya consummate the marriage in an empty train carriage by having sex. Parma soon reveals that he tricked Zoya - the wedding ceremony was fake, and they are not married. He perpetrated the sham wedding to get her to have sex with him, which would bring shame upon her family. He, therefore, took revenge against her clan, and repaid the humiliation of her slapping him earlier on. Zoya is left heartbroken and devastated, as Parma joins his family in a celebration of "becoming a man". Zoya attempts to invade the celebration in order to shoot Parma, but is intercepted by Parvati, who urges her to calm down. Parvati tells Parma that he must honour his marriage vows regardless of whether he meant them, and stand right by Zoya. Despite Parvati's attempts to conceal her, the Chauhans come to know of Zoya's presence in their home, and in the heat of the moment, Surya shoots Parvati when she tries to defend her son and daughter-in-law from the bloodthirsty gang. Parma realizes his mistake and protects Zoya from being murdered by his family.

Parma and Zoya go on the run from their families and take refuge in a brothel. At first, Zoya is still furious with Parma for his deception and even believes that he was trying to sell her to the brothel. She attacks him with a shard of broken glass, cutting his arm badly. The brothel madame, Chand Bibi (Gauahar Khan), who knows Parma from early on, allows them to stay while Parma recovers and Zoya begrudgingly nurses him. He asks her for forgiveness, and though she refuses to grant it, she shows that she still loves him through little actions of affection. However, their mutual grief soon brings them together, giving their love a second chance. The two exchange wedding vows in a legitimate ceremony at the brothel without any religious conversion. Zoya decides to try reconciling with her family, and takes Parma to her home to win over Aftab. They are instead met with hostility and gunshots when Aftab puts a gun to her head, threatening to kill his own daughter.

The couple flees as Aftab sends his men after them. Zoya and Parma prepare to run away to Jaipur, but when Parma leaves the safety of the bus to get water, their pursuers spot him and apprehend Zoya. She breaks free as Parma furiously fights to save her. They are reunited briefly, but quickly are found by Parma's former friends and run to the local college, which is closed for Eid. The two rival families decide that Parma and Zoya's marriage is a stain on their respective religious communities and political careers, and they try to kill the couple by joining forces.

Parma and Zoya take refuge on a terrace, engaging in a gunfire battle. With only a few bullets left, Zoya realises that they are outnumbered. She asks Parma to shoot her so that their love can win and they can die in the victory of their love, rather than be riddled with bullets by their own families, and allow hatred to win. The two shoot each other in the abdomen willingly and die in each other's arms, smiling. The goons check if they are dead and go inform the two families, who leave satisfied.

The film ends with Parma and Zoya's bodies lying on the terrace, and an on-screen message that explains how thousands of lovers like them are killed every year only because of falling in love outside their caste and/or religion.

Cast edit

Themes and political issues edit

The film itself was both praised and drew some anger for its blunt confrontation of current issues in India regarding things such as premarital sex, marriage outside an individual's religion, caste, or other community, as well as the very real issue of honor killing. It also addressed and somewhat criticized the hypocrisy of men who engage in premarital sex (they are celebrated and considered men in the eyes of the community) versus women who do the same (they are considered a disgrace and a source of shame). In addition, the film was notable for presenting the struggles of Indian widows and prostitutes in a sympathetic light.

Production edit

Casting edit

It was announced that newcomer Arjun Kapoor had joined the cast of Ishaqzaade in late 2011. Earlier, Arjun Kapoor was to debut in another Yash Raj production, Virus Diwan. However, the film got shelved and therefore Yash Raj Films designed Ishaqzaade for Arjun Kapoor.[3] Rekha and Chinni Prakash, National Award winners for Jodhaa Akbar (2008) were chosen as the choreographers, while Sham Kaushal is the action director.[4]

Filming edit

Filming began on 15 October 2011.[2] A major part of the film was shot in Lucknow, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh and at other sites near Lucknow.[5]

Soundtrack edit

Soundtrack album by
Released20 April 2012 (2012-04-20)
StudioYRF Studios, Mumbai
GenreFilm soundtrack, Filmi, Dubstep, Electronic dance
LabelYash Raj Music
ProducerAmit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi chronology
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
English Vinglish

The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi, who has worked the first time with Yash Raj Films, and lyrics were penned by Kausar Munir, except "Chokra Jawaan" which was written by Habib Faisal. The tracks "Pareshaan" and "Jhallah Wallah" were remixed by Abhijit Vaghani. The soundtrack album was released on 20 April 2012. The background score was composed by Ranjit Barot.[6]

Track listing edit

All tracks are written by Kausar Munir, except where noted. Tracks "Pareshaan" and "Jhallah Wallah" were remixed by Abhijit Vaghani

1."Ishaqzaade"Amit Trivedi, Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal5:18
2."Chokra Jawaan" (Lyrics by: Habib Faisal)Amit Trivedi, Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan5:11
3."Pareshaan"Amit Trivedi, Shalmali Kholgade4:53
4."Jhallah Wallah"Amit Trivedi, Shreya Ghoshal5:53
5."Aafaton Ke Parinde"Amit Trivedi, Divya Kumar, Suraj Jagan3:24
6."Pareshaan" (Remix by Abhijit Vaghani)Amit Trivedi, Shalmali Kholgade4:31
7."Jhallah Wallah" (Remix by Abhijit Vaghani)Amit Trivedi, Shreya Ghoshal4:00

Reception edit

The album received positive reviews, with major praise for the "Pareshaan" song, which also topped the charts for a long period of time.

Music Aloud rated the album 9/10, saying that "Amit Trivedi brushes off that relative low phase of 2011 with a stunner for Ishaqzaade."[7] 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."[8] GlamSham 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."[9] 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."[10] Times of India gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, commenting that Ishaqzaade "may not have too much on the platter with just 5 original tracks but it still manages to strike a chord with the listener. The album is definitely worth a shot."[11] Richa Bhatia of Times of India praised the soundtrack's use of dubstep, a genre of electronic dance music, along with the "punchy" lyrics, "chutney and dash." Film composer Anu Malik also praised the soundtrack, stating that "it is the first time I have observed dubstep in a film and it's incredible."[12]

Reception edit

Critical reception edit

Chopra's performance received praise from critics, and she won the National Film Award – Special Mention[13]

Ishaqzaade received positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, saying that "On the whole, ISHAQZAADE, a volatile and intense story with ample doses of fanatical romance, should appeal to a pan-India audience. This broadly engaging love story has a winsome pair who deliver dexterous performances, besides popular music and several poignant moments, which should appeal to fans of mainstream films. Go for it!"[14] Mrigank Dhaniwala of Koimoi gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, commenting that "On the whole, Ishaqzaade is an entertaining fare which works on the strength of its first half and the performances."[15] Khalid Mohamed of Deccan Chronicle gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, concluding that "Ishaqzaade kicks off weakly and has its share of the deja pooh. Gradually, though, it gets under your skin..and rocks. Absolutely See-Grade."[16]

Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, quoting that "On the face of it, this is a fantastic Indian adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. But if you've ever loved someone without a sense of inhibition, then deeper in the recesses of its story, Ishaqzaade is a saga of love being more important than life and death."[17] Daily Bhaskar gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, writing that "Brilliant performance by the lead cast, an ecstatic climax which breaks the typical 'happily-ever-after' ending, is surely one of the top reasons to visit your nearest theatre. People from metros might find it difficult to relate to the culture or political drama that involves frequent gun-firing. Parineeti and Arjun's chemistry will remind one of the Ek Duuje Ke Liye genre of love stories from Bollywood."[18] Shomini Sen of Zee News gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, noting that "Habib Faisal's earlier film Do Dooni Chaar (2010) had captured the Delhi and Punjabi culture well. In Ishaqzaade, he captures a small town in northern India and its typical nuances well."[19]

Blessy Chettiar of Daily News and Analysis gave the movie 3 stars out of 5 and said, "Ishaqzaade has a slow start, nothing exciting enough. Until Zoya and her love for shikaar is made evident. After the very slow start, things start picking up towards the interval. The second half is repulsive, length wise. Parineeti’s timing is impeccable and she definitely steals Arjun's thunder. Watch if you must, go expecting nothing. You might just enjoy Ishaqzaade."[20] Anupama Chopra noted, "Faisal sets up the story with great precision. Kapoor and Chopra are terrific as the explosive twosome. The music, works well. Still, Ishaqzaade does provide half a good time. How many films can you say that for?"[21] Trisha of Firstpost noted, "Ishaqzaade has many strengths. Faisal’s central characters are still more sharply realized than most directors can manage. And anyway, the film is worth watching just for Parineeti. But ultimately, Ishaqzaade fails us. Not just because it gives us a climax that feels like a cop-out, but because its final tragedy is triggered by Zoya’s still surviving faith."[22]

Box-Office edit

Ishaqzaade grossed 132 crore (US$17 million) worldwide.


Ishaqzaade had a good opening, with an occupancy of 70–90% in theaters and went on to collect 45.4 million (US$570,000) nett in its first day,51.5 million (US$640,000) on its second day and 62.2 million (US$780,000) on its third day. The movie collected 159 million (US$2.0 million) nett in its first weekend and 257 million (US$3.2 million) nett in its first week.[23] It broke the record of Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008) for the highest first weekend and first week collections for a Hindi non-starcast film in India. The movie had a good second weekend and collected 73.8 million (US$920,000) nett. The movie had a good second week, collecting 125 million (US$1.6 million) nett. The movie had a strong third weekend and went on to collect 43.4 million (US$540,000) nett.[24] The movie collected 75.5 million (US$950,000) nett in its third week and thus declared a "hit". The film's lifetime collections in India were Rs. 47.50 crore.


Ishaqzaade was released in the Middle East and smaller markets. It grossed 25.0 million (US$310,000) at the end of its run. The film was not released theatrically in major markets like North America, Canada, United Kingdom, Nepal, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia.

Awards edit

National Film Awards
58th Filmfare Awards
Star Screen Awards
Stardust AwardsSuperstar of Tomorrow – Male
Star Guild Awards
Zee Cine Awards
TOIFA Awards
5th Mirchi Music Awards[25]

Home Media edit

The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

References edit

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