Issaq (transl. Love) is a 2013 Indian Hindi romantic film directed by Manish Tiwary and produced by Dhaval Gada and Shailesh R. Singh. The film, written by Padmaja Thakore-Tiwary, Manish Tiwary and Pawan Sony, was released on 26 July 2013. The film features Prateik Babbar, Amyra Dastur, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Ravi Kishan and Makarand Deshpande as main characters. According to, the film was a box office Disaster.[2]

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Theatrical Official Poster
Directed byManish Tiwary
Written by
  • Padmaja Thakore-Tiwary
  • Manish Tiwary
  • Pawan Sony
Produced byDhaval Gada
Shailesh R Singh
StarringPrateik Babbar
Amyra Dastur
Ravi Kishan
Makarand Deshpande
Neena Gupta
Prashant Narayanan
Sudhir Pandey
Prashant Kumar
Amit Sial
Vineet Kumar
Yuri Suri
Malini Awasthi
CinematographyVishal Sinha
Music bySongs:
Sachin Gupta
Background score:
Prashant Pillai
Release date
  • 26 July 2013 (2013-07-26)
Budget₹ 250 million
Box office₹ 53.7 million[1]


This is the story based on two land mafia's of Banaras; Kashyaps and Mishras. They have throat cutting competition for gaining control over land and fight brutally over it.



In this original Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet directed by Manish Tiwary, we see the story transposed to Banaras and its neighbouring areas that are witness to violence unleashed by sand mafia controlled by urban elite and equally violent retaliation by Naxalite armies. The sand mafia is run by two influential Banarasi families, Kashyaps and Mishras, who are at brutal feud with each other. Kashyap has an 18-year-old, pretty and innocent Bachchi from his first, Bachchi's role is played by Amyra Dastur who marks her debut in this film. On the other hand, Mishra's Rahul (Played by Prateik) is a good-looking teenager with predictable interests for a boy of his background – Girls & Guns! Things change when the battle-hardened and pleasure-seeking Rahul and romantic yet head strong Bachchi fall in love. Disregarding the consequences, the young lovers choose go ahead with the feelings of their hearts. What follows is a high octane action-filled drama.


The film was promoted in TV serial Amita Ka Amit.[4][5] The producers promoted the movie through Banarasi paan at the leading malls in Mumbai[6]


Sachin–Jigar composed the songs while the background score was composed by Prashant Pillai.

Soundtrack album by
Released26 July 2013
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
ProducerShailesh R Singh
Sachin–Jigar chronology
Ramaiya Vastavaiya
Shuddh Desi Romance

Track listEdit

1."Issaq Tera"Mayur PuriSachin–JigarMohit Chauhan3:16
2."Issaq Tera (Duet)"Mayur PuriSachin – JigarMohit Chauhan, Vibha Saraf2:12
3."Jheeni Re Jheeni" Sachin – JigarRashid Khan, Pratibha Baghel7:25
4."Bhole Chale"  Rahul Ram, Sachin Gupta 
5."Aag Ka Dariya"  Ankit Tiwari 
6."Enne Unne"  Keerthi Sagathia, Mamta Sharma, Tarun Sagar, Papon 
7."Aag Ka Dariya (Unplugged)"  Sachin Gupta 
8."Tarse Naina"  Sukhwinder Singh, Malini Awasthi5:19

Critical responseEdit

The movie received generally negative reviews. Piyasree Dasgupta, in a review for Firstpost, summed it up as: "One wonders … what is a greater tragedy—Romeo and Juliet or what Issaq made of that classic love story."[7] Reviewing the movie for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta find it to be "without a singular voice of its own" and that ultimately "it drowns in its own noise."[8] The review in The Times of India calls out the poor acting by Babbar and Dastur's lack of charisma. "Manish Tiwary's Issaq lacks vibe, soul or depth needed for a classic love story. With incoherent narrative, unsketched characters, wispy (sometimes embarrassing) dialogues, one good melody in the whole ditty (Issaq tera); pointless shooting (mostly in the dark), gold-plated bandooks and bombs galore—Tiwary misses every target. There are movies beautifully adapted from Shakespeare's works in the past, but none that tragically assault your creative, poetic or cinematic senses."[9] Sarit Ray, writing for the Hindustan Times, thinks "seldom have [Shakespeare movie adaptations] been associated with as nonsensical a mess as Manish Tiwary's Issaq" and that "It's a pity that Issaq joins remarkable films like Maqbool, Omkara and Angoor on the list of Bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare. In a time when works of literature are judged by their TV and film versions, it could even give the Bard a bit of a bad rep."[10]


  1. ^ "Issaq Box Office Verdict by Box Office India". Box Office India. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Issaq Box Office Verdict by Box Office India". Box Office India. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Two films and much more in the kitty for actor Prashantt Guptha". 7 December 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Pratiek Babbar, Amyra Dastur promote Issaq on Amita ka Amit". India Today. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Prateik-Amyra play cupid for Amita and Amit". The Times of India. 12 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Issaq makers promote film through paan". Business Standard India. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  7. ^ Dasgupta, Dasgupta. "Issaq Review: How Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was murdered". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  8. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (26 July 2013). "Movie review Issaq: Shakespeare would not be grateful for this representation". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Issaq Movie Review". The Times of India. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ Ray, Sarit (27 July 2013). "Sarit Ray's review: Issaq". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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