Ishq (1997)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 41 mins

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'Ishq' is an entertaining romantic comedy that explores the problems that may arise when people of different socio-economic strata fall in love and wish to marry. Harbans Rai and Ranjit Rai are two wealthy businessmen who absolutely detest poverty and poor people, and wish for their children marry other. However, a series of serendipitous events take place, including a case of mistaken identity, that eventually culminates in Harbans Rai's daughter, Madhu falling in love with a poor mechanic Raja while Ranjit Rai's son Ajay romances a poor girl Kajal. When Harbans and Ranjit learn of their love, they devise several plans to create discord between the two couples. Initially, they try to bribe Raja and Kajal into leaving Madhu and Ajay. When this doesn't work, they try to get Raja and Kajal killed. When the children realize their parents' mindset, they become more determined than ever to marry the mate of their choice. Eventually, the men pretend as if they've changed their ways and are ready for their children to marry the person they wish to. On the way to Raja and Madhu's engagement ceremony, the fathers arrange for Kajal to be kidnapped. Raja saves her from being raped and comforts her. Meanwhile, without their knowledge, photos of Raja comforting Kajal at the party and are misconstrued to look like Raja and Kajal have been intimate with each other. Raja and Kajal are willing to prove their innocence, but the fathers keep them away. To make matters worse, Kajal's uncle falsely testifies to the fabricated illicit affair between the two. In fact, Kajal's uncle was paid to lie to Ajay and Madhu. Ajay and Madhu break up with Kajal and Raja, and the fathers' plan to create a rift between Ajay and Raja, once the best of friends, succeeds. The situation worsens further when Ajay and Madhu think that Kajal is pregnant with Raja's child. They tell Raja and Kajal that they are getting married, which is what their fathers wanted all along. After hearing this, Kajal tries to kill herself, but Raja stops her. He attacks Ajay and Madhu and tries to rape Madhu, but Ajay saves and comforts her. The police beat Raja brutally and Kajal pleads the fathers to release him. The fathers agree, but on the condition that Kajal and Raja leave the country for good. Kajal agrees and Raja is set free. Just as Ajay and Madhu's wedding is about to begin, Ajay's uncle shows them pictures of Ajay comforting Madhu, taken out of context. This proves that Raja had attacked them merely to recreate the situation he and Kajal had been in, which in turn reveals that Raja and Kajal have been innocent all along. Kajal's uncle also confesses that he had been paid to be a false witness by the parents and that all the misunderstandings have been due to their machinations. Angry and heartbroken, Ajay almost chokes his father to death but his conscience stops him. He then tries to kill himself but Madhu stops him and convinces him that apologizing to their respective lovers would be a far better option. Ajay and Madhu rush to the shipyard and succeed to stop Raja and Kajal from leaving the country. They ask for forgiveness and the lovers are reconcile and get back together. The fathers arrive, having realized their grave mistake, and also ask for forgiveness. The lovers forgive them and the movie ends on a happy note.
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Juhi Chawla, Kajol Devgn

Crew: Indra Kumar (Director), Baba Azmi (Director of Photography), Anu Malik (Music Director), Surendra Singh Sodhi (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 28 Nov 1997 (India)

Tagline: Romancing with music

Hindi Name: इश्क

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Did you know? Aamir Khan and Kajol would later work with each other in Fanaa. Read More
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Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Udit Narayan, Vibha Sharma
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Anu Malik
Playback Singer: Abhijeet Bhattacharya
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Rahat Indori
Playback Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Playback Singer: Jayshri Shivram
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Vibha Sharma, Kumar Sanu
Romancing with music
This is the only movie to feature Juhi Chawla and Kajol onscreen together, although both of them have had long and outstanding careers as leading ladies in Hindi cinema.

Kajol and Ajay Devgan, who are now married with two children – daughter, Nysa and son, Yug – met on the set of this movie.

Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla were a hit screen pair involved in hit films such as Qayamat se Qayamat Tak and Hum Hain Rahin Pyar Ke, but because of a prank Aamir played on her doing the filming of this movie, Juhi still refuses to do any more projects with him.

Aamir Khan and Kajol would later work with each other in Fanaa.

Ajay Devgan and Juhi Chawla have already worked with each other in Naajayaz before working in Ishq.