Director: Habib Faisal
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher, Karan Wahi, Sumit Gaddi
Storyline: Gulrez ‘Gullu’, played by Parineeti, a Hyderabadi shoe-sales girl disillusioned with love because of her encounters with dowry-seeking men comes across Tariq ‘Taru’ Haidar (Aditya Roy Kapoor), a Lucknawi cook who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs. With this starts a cute love story from the Yash Raj Films’ kitchen, where love gets spicy, sweet and bitter.
In her quest to find her Mr. Universe, she comes up against ‘Big Boss Hyderi Kebab’ who is absolutely opposite to her but equally spicy. With their amazing chemistry Gullu and Taru rewrite traditional yet scrumptious recipes of love. The entire story revolves around their recipe.
Review: Being a light romantic saga the film can be considered digestive but at times it also seems like a boring ‘khichdi’. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra can be seen completely engrossed in their character and looks great exploring the colours of the city and romancing alongside on the streets. The vivacious Parineeti lights up every frame she’s in while Aditya with his charm and wit marks his presence.
The film’s music has already made its place in the chartbuster. Music composers Sajid-Wajid with their commercial sensibilities have poured in the right amount of drama in the songs. The qawwali number ‘Daawat-e Ishq’ is charged with festive spirits, while Shayarana is the film’s breezy romantic number.
Daawat-e-Ishq with its fragrance will take you to seventies; however the spirit of the movie is youthful and contemporary. Garnished with Aditya and Parineeti’s impressive performance the movie can be summed up as a dish made up using an old recipe with a modern fusion.