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.
First Published: 4.00 PM IST 05.14.2012