|Vikram Bhatt had scored a sixer with last year’s horror film, Haunted. Hence, a section of moviegoing audience was keenly awaiting his next, Dangerous Ishq. His style of execution has been top-class in most films but he wasn’t in form in Dangerous Ishq. And this is sad, since he was equipped with a very interesting storyline that could have turned into a great entertainer. Just proves once again that it’s not the content but the treatment that matters the most!
Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) is a supermodel in love with a rich industrialist, Rohan (Rajniesh Duggall). Life was going great for them until one day, Rohan gets kidnapped. At the same time, Sanjana experiences strange visuals and sounds. Her doctor friend, Neetu (Divya Dutta) realizes that these strange occurrences could be related to her past life and hence takes her to a 'past life regression' therapist. Sanjana then travels to her past lives and realizes that Rohan has been her partner in her every life and a powerful force has always tried to separate them. And this villainous force can be the one behind Rohan’s kidnapping. Who is he/she and what is their motive?
Dangerous Ishq has a shaky start but gets on track when Rohan gets kidnapped. Sanjana's three past life tracks don’t come one after another. There are gaps with the kidnapping track going on simultaneously. And it is this part of the film that’s most unconvincing.
Even the performances aren’t exemplary. Karisma Kapoor does well in the present-day portions but her Urdu and Rajasthani accent didn’t sound authentic. She looks beautiful throughout the film though! Rajniesh Duggall was alright in the beginning portions but delivers his best in the partition episode. He is hardly there in the second half even though the film revolves around him!
As expected, Jimmy Shergill gives a brilliant performance and turns out to be the best performer of the film. Divya Dutta was likeable in all her avatars. Ravi Kiseen leaves a mark in a small role. So does Aarya Babbar. Samir Kocchar and Ruslaan Mumtaz were okay. The film also features Gracy Singh as Meerabai! Others were okay.
Himesh Reshammiya’s music is letdown and the only songs that work to an extent is Tu Hi Rab. Raju Singh’s background score is too loud. Pravin Bhatt’s cinematography is alright. The VFX didn’t work. Girish Dhamija’s dialogues could have been sharper.
Amin Hajee, who also wrote Haunted, comes up with a very interesting storyline which, if it was treated well, could have made for an interesting saga. But sadly and shockingly, Vikram Bhatt’s direction is disappointing. I love the 90s feel and songs that Bhatt incorporates in his films but in Dangerous Ishq, it misfires. Also, what was the need for 3D in the film? Except for a single sequence, there was nothing extraordinary or ‘3D-worthy’ in the movie. Hope Vikram’s next, Raaz 3, justifies the 3D context!
Rating: Three stars