Romance and revenge blend none too well

February 14, Valentine’s Day may be history. But, it’s still raining one too many love flicks at the cinemas. Hitching onto this bandwagon is Vikram Kumar’s Ishq. Sadly, any day classic celluloid love tales of the past would be preferable to watch at the cosy confines of one’s living room than Kumar’s insipid Ishq.

It’s thin thread of a thingummy tale revolves around Rahul, a jolly, carefree prankster and equally energetic and lissome Priya going gaga over each other en route to their trip to Hyderabad. However, the lovers’ path is not primrose but strewn with prickly thorns in the form of her brother Shiva, a sportsperson who bears a grudge against Rahul. Will fair weather blow again to unite the heaven-crossed lovers and will they surmount the brickwall brother? Ishq attempts to answer all this and more.

What actually works for an otherwise factory line fetid Ishq is maestro P C Sriram.
Scintillating picturesque photography by the inimitable cinematographer more than makes up for an otherwise morose matinee date. That Sriram is associated with such an enterprise is itself wonder of wonders. Nitin and Nithya Menon go through their motions as lovey-dovey pair in a clockwork fashion. Suffice at that...

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