Habib Faisal defends ‘Ishaqzaade’

Habib Faisal defends ‘Ishaqzaade’

The Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra-starrer is being called regressive and sexist but the director says his film is only portraying reality

Habib Faisal’s latest film set in the lawless hinterlands has been one of the most awaited love stories of the year. Ever since the launch of the trailer there were speculations that it could be the Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak of the current generation. Ishaqzaade got a huge opening at the BO and Salman Khan endorsing the film and its hero might have been one of the reasons for it.

While most critics were unhappy about the second half, some called this love story very regressive and sexist. Probably hurt by the extreme reactions, Faisal came out to defend his project. In a recent interview he said, “All said, I am showing reality to attack reality. I can’t create a Utopian world featuring a bra-burning feminist. Women are brutally tortured in large parts of the country even today. People should accept reality. Your regular middle class man still does not accept a strong woman. Scratch the surface, and you will see fundamentalism in all castes and religions.”

Wethinks the director shouldn’t defend his labour of love immediately after the film’s release. We are happy that Ishaqzaade has helped people wake up to a cruel reality that exists even in this day and age. If you’ve watched it, do share your observations with us.

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  • Shalini Raheja

    I don’t agree that the film is sexist. If it is sexist then it is the men who should be getting upset because they have been portrayed as loutish and patriarchal. I thought Zoya was a strong woman throughout the film. I thought her strength lay in her forgiving the man and changing him for the better. They are both animals to begin with but her strength of character helps her to change him too for the better. That showed she had a stronger character than him.In the end it is she who decides that by dying they do not give in to the fundamentalist forces. Through out the film till the end the woman takes the important decisions. The men only react violently. I don’t think we need pseudo feminists running down this unusual woman character. Feminists reviewers like Bhawna Somaya have actually praised the film, and activists like Shabana Azmi have loved it. What does that say about the film then?