24 September 2014


Title: Daawat-e-Ishq
English Title: Festival of Love
Country: India
Language: Hindi
  • Aditya Roy Kapur
  • Parineeti Chopra
  • Anupam Kher
  • Katan Wahi

After one too many heartbreaks, shop girl Gulrez Qadir, also known as Gullu, has no hope of finding a husband, until she meets spicy chef Tariq Haider, also known as Taru, who might just be to her taste.

Daawat-e-Ishq is an entertaining film about arranged marriages with a twist. Unfortunately, it spent a lot of time on things that don't really matter, such as building up the story, at the expense of things that do matter, such as the romantic development of the lead characters.

The film is only memorable for its frank treatment of dowry in the Indian culture. Although it is illegal for the groom's family to demand a dowry from the bride's family, it is still done in practice, and it is sometimes described as the assistance extended by the bride's family to the groom.

Although I understand the frustration of Gulrez Qadir, also known as Gullu, for being treated as a second-class citizen just because she's female, I had a hard time tolerating her way of asserting herself as a good bride prospect by viciously demeaning a potential groom for not being educated to her high standards or for not being able to fluently communicate in English.