Ishq Vishk Rebound Review: Beer, Burps & Break-ups

In a vibrant city, four young lives intertwine, exploring friendship, love and self-discovery as they navigate their intertwined destinies.

General Rating

In a nut-shell:

Beer, Burps & Break-ups

Ishq Vishk Rebound Cast/ Actors: Pashmina Roshan as Sanya, Rohit Saraf as Raghav Pandit, Naila Grrewal as Riya, Jibraan Khan as Sahir, Sheeba Chaddha as guest appearance, Akarsh Khurana, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Shilpa Vishal Shetty & More

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Director: Nipun Dharmadhikari

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Release Date: June 21, 2024

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Available On: Theatrical Release and (likely to be released on OTT Platform Netflix)

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Released/ Available In Languages: Hindi

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Runtime: 107 Minutes

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Critic Review:

Breaking the 4 th wall, an actor speaking to the camera.

Such a done-to-death technique ever since Kevin Spacey cracked his asides to
the audience in House Of Cards that I’ve got tired of writing this same
explanation ad nauseam.

So you can imagine the groan when director Nipun Dharmadhikari starts off
with hero Raghav Pandit (Rohit Saraf) narrating his story to the camera.

With six writers on board – Vaishali Naik, Vinay Chhawal, Ketan Pedgaonkar,
Lisha Bajaj, Akarsh Khurana (who gives himself the role of a dad) and the
director – there’s a line that says, the road to clarity is through confusion.

Confusion is certainly not the road to a successful screenplay.

To give a whiff of what the plot labours to say, Raghav has a writer’s block over
the climax he has to write for a “Bollywood movie”. So… he talks to the camera
and flashes back to Dehradun to his chaddi buddies-turned-lovers, Sanya
(Pashmina Roshan) and Sahir (Jibran Khan). Raghav is the kabab mein haddi.
Seriously, chaddi-haddi is one of his dialogues. But the haddi is more like a
football that’s kicked around by Sanya’s weary-teary fits of pique.

When the chaddi buddies are not breaking up, making up (wearing aww, the
same sorry T-shirt) or getting tattooed, they have “daddy issues”. Some novel
issues? Nopes. Sahir’s dad is a tyrant, Sanya’s parents are divorced and Raghav,
believe it or not, has parents who are so much in love that they play games
with each other. At a later stage, Sheeba Chaddha who makes a guest
appearance as some sort of script doctor on the sets of the “Bollywood movie”
(yes, yes, we veer from the Dehradun breakups to writing in Mumbai) remarks
that what his parents are doing is actually “couples counselling” and drops
philosophy like, “Are the people we love, the people we fell in love with?”

Harking back to the flashback in Dehradun, contemporary cool must include
the environment. Enter and exit activist Riya (Naila Grrewal) as Sanya and Sahir
break up (again) and Sanya-Raghav end up kissing.

Intermittently, Riya is also Raghav’s girlfriend. Confused? Sorry, that’s the road
to clarity.

“Best friend ya caretaker?” Sanya throws at Rohit during one of her many
tantrums (kids from broken homes have these problems you know) as they go
on a scary camp that has a “Treasure Haunt” (laugh) which ends in Halloween
in a haveli and some more smooching.

The one cute moment is when a Sanya-size tantrum has Raghav nabbing Max
the dog from Sahir’s house. Max is huggable.

Otherwise, forced parties and dances (‘Chot dil pe lagi’, ‘Ishq vishk pyaar
vyaar’
), social media posts, two guys torn over Sanya, beer dates, burps and
dialogues dotted with “sorted girl”, “healing process”, “loosen, let go”, “woke
ling”, “mental masturbation” and “conversation-confrontation” kind of
rhyming lines, make you wonder just what the writing process was all about
when this film was in pre-prod.

It’s zabardasti cool which ultimately isn’t cool at all. A bit like Rajshri’s Dono
which was released last year.

A mandatory mom-beti rum scene for Sanya to sort herself out, a showdown
with Sahir’s dad, and a broken mug as a prop in Raghav’s script, are peppered
with songs that are remixes of old chartbusters.

After one of the several break-ups there are references to “move on” and
“grow up”.

By the time the end credits roll with the cast grooving to “Gore gore chehre
mein kala kala chashma
”, you want to tell Nipun and gang to do just that.
Move on from these tiresome relationship romcoms and grow up.

Ishq Vishk Rebound – Watch Or Not?: It does not take the Ishk Vishq franchise of 2003 forward. Without a single outstanding feature, it’s tough to recommend Ishk Vishq Rebound for a theatre watch.

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Review Score Rating:  2 out of 5 (i.e. 2/5)

Ishq Vishk Rebound Movie Official Trailer:

Ishq Vishk Rebound Official Trailer (Credits: Tips Official)

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