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Type: Bollywood film
Year: 2014
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I admit it. I watch cheesy romance movies sometimes. I've seen 10 Things I Hate About You, Miss Congeniality, The Prince & Me. These movies are popular among rom-com fans despite the silly antics and lack of deep plot. Why are these films loved? Because they’re just adorable! Once in a while, I like to watch something that’s sweet and doesn’t require a lot of thought. Daawat-e-Ishq is such a cheesy rom-com lover’s delight.

                Sassy Gulrez can’t seem to get a husband. Her father’s determined to see her happily married with security, but he can’t afford the dowry wanted by prospective groom’s families. When another boy breaks Gulrez’s heart, she decides to swear off men and take action to make her dreams of traveling to America come true. But will Gulrez be able to follow through with her plan when a mischievous and handsome chef is after her heart?

Tariq and Gulrez
                I stumbled upon this cute flick on Netflix recently. It had been a while since I watched a Bollywood movie and this one was shorter than most. Yes, 118 mins is short in Bollywood runtime, my friend. Considering my previous experience of Bollywood films, I was expecting a tear-filled drama. But Daawat-e-Ishq was pleasantly fun and light-hearted.

                Gulrez, played by Parineeti Chopra, lights up the screen with her sassy charm. Chopra’s only been acting since 2011 and I’m sure she’s got a great future ahead of her. And oh my gosh, Gulrez’s clothes. I want that woman’s wardrobe! Though I suppose they wouldn’t look as stunning on me as they do the gorgeous Chopra. Hehe.

                Aditya Roy Kapoor, who plays Tariq the good-looking chef, has been acting since 2009. Though I haven’t seen him in any other movies, I have to say right off the bat I’d like to see him in more movies. Besides being a leading man stud, he’s got a funny comedic side to him that I really enjoyed. I also think he was the one who delivered all the believability of the romance between him and Gulrez. Bollywood movies are known for the love-struck staring and I could watch Kapoor’s swoony gaze all day.

                Daawat-e-Ishq is predictable off the bat and doesn’t steer from the beaten path. I almost laughed at how the romance was forced to evolve in the span of barely three days. There were many plot holes and the central conflict was resolved with almost no effort at the very end of the movie. I was surprised the writers didn’t squeeze more drama out of the ending (they certainly could have) or even a longer resolution of the climax, which would’ve been more believable. But hey, if all the world’s problems get solved in a few minutes at the ending for a perfect bow-tied ending, I’m not going to complain. Sometimes, for a movie like this, that’s all we want. Just another sweet happy ending.



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