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Daawat-e-Ishq (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 September 2014 (India)
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A story of Gullu, a Hyderabadi girl frustrated with dowry-seeking men and Taru (a charming Lucknawi cook), who crush old-fashioned world-view.


Habib Faisal


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aditya Roy Kapoor ... Tariq (as Aditya Roy Kapur)
Parineeti Chopra ... Gulrez
Anupam Kher ... Abdul Qadir
Karan Wahi ... Amjad
Beena Malji Beena Malji ... Bilquees
Falguni Desai Falguni Desai ... Rukmani
Aashish Raj Bidkikar Aashish Raj Bidkikar ... Montu Miyan
Arvind Vahi Arvind Vahi ... Montu's Father
Shela Naidu Shela Naidu ... Montu's Mother
Syed Akhar Syed Akhar ... Montu's Chacha
Arjuman Begum Arjuman Begum ... Montu's Chachi
Reshma Begum Reshma Begum ... Montu's Sister
Fiza Begum Fiza Begum ... Montu's Little Sister
Raza Hussain Raza Hussain ... Montu's Plump Cousin
Shabaaz Salim Shabaaz Salim ... Montu's Thin Cousin


A deliciously romantic coming together of Gulrez "Gullu" Qadir (Parineeti Chopra) a Hyderabadi shoe-sales girl disillusioned with love because of her encounters with dowry-seeking men; and Tariq "Taru" Haidar (Aditya Roy Kapur) a Lucknawi cook who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs. In the clash of diametrically opposite but equally spicy cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow, Gullu and Taru arrive at a "tuning-setting", rewrite traditional recipes of love, crush old-fashioned world-view and make their own masaledaar albeli rangreli pichchar - Daawat-e-Ishq. Written by Official source

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Hindi | English

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Invitation of Love See more »

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Yash Raj Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Daawat can also mean a feast or banquet. So the title can also be "A banquet of love" See more »


[Around 1:26:30] When Tariq's father is seen in the recorded tape, his hand movements while describing a washing machine for dowry are different from the one seen earlier in the original scene. See more »


Gulrez: What happened is that your Mr. Montu is a fraud. His bio-data said "fluent in English" but he says "bilu" for blue and "flim" for film. He asked me if I watch bilu flim. Tell me, Booji, how do I answer to that if his pronunciation of "blue film" is so wrong? And for education qualification, he wrote "degree from IIM." IIM means...?
Abdul Qadir: Indian Institute of Management.
Gulrez: International Institute of Mahbubnagar.
Gulrez: [to Montu] Mr. Bad-English-bilu-flim-fake-diploma-holder-Montu - you have wasted our time.
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The opening credits appear within a restaurant menu. See more »


Referenced in Kaun Banega Crorepati?: Daawat-e-Ishq Special (2014) See more »

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A lajjatdaar recipe for love
22 September 2014 | by ahwaan_padheeSee all my reviews

The way to a woman's heart is also through her stomach - this twisty idea is enlivened by director Habib Faisal in his collaboration with Yash Raj banner flick, Daawat-E-Ishq which provides a spicy and eclectic romantic affair blending the cuisine culture of Hyderabad and Lucknow. Faisal is known for his penchant to craft authentic middle-class milieu with his rooted characters under the context of relevant social topics,and this time he examines the stigma of dowry practices which has maligned the institution of marriage, but in a lighter vein.

Disillusioned with love and tired of matrimonial encounters with over-demanding prospective bridegrooms, Gulrez aka Gullu (Parineeti Chopra),an shoe-sales girl, hatches a con-plan to avenge her humiliations by duping them into fake marriage and imposing charges under section 498A of anti-dowry act. In that way, she can also get hefty sum of money to fulfill her long-nurtured 'American' dreams. She cajoles her resistant father, Bujji(Anupam Kher) an ordinary high court clerk who succumbs to her emotional blackmail. This leads them to Lucknow, where they stumble upon one of their 'bakras',Tariq Hyderi aka Taru(Aditya Roy Kapur) who happens to be an extraordinary cook. Taru is bowled by the feisty girl's charms ,and while Gullu gets gradually swooned by the aroma emanating from the Biryanis and Kababs of Taru's kitchen, their plan is thrashed sweetly by the blossoming love.

It's a richly textured premise which offers us an irresistible array of starters , a somewhat delicious main course but the dessert spread turns out to be rather bland.Cutting through the colorful nuances of the city of Nizams, Hyderabad, the narrative also presents a warmth-filled camaraderie between the father and her daughter. The film's latter half dwells in the revelry of Lucknow and its rich culinary traditions which forms a canvas for the romance between its protagonists. The Blemishes - it suffers from logic issues. The climax looks hurried and doesn't convince us about Taru's sudden change of heart for Gullu.

These lacunae are however washed off by the spirited performances of the film's central characters. Parineeti Chopra imbues Gullu with full radiance, sparkles and confidence. Its a comfort zone for her to be in her 'feisty' self, but the actress takes an extra leap to get her Hyderabadi diction impeccably right, a trait that was grossly goofed-up by the ace star Vidhya Balan in Bobby Jasoos. Anupam Kher's comical nervousness reminds us of his superbly staged act in Special 26, and he shines in all sequences requiring emotional gravitas. And most importantly, Aditya Roy Kapur makes a revelation, playing the revered restaurateur with a cocky delight.

Dawat-E-Ishq has a fresh and exotic aroma to appetize you, but that doesn't last too long to tingle your taste buds.

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