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‘Ishq Vishk Rebound’ Review: A relatable journey through friendship, love, and self-discovery

It is a spiritual sequel to the Shahid Kapoor-starrer 2003 film, Ishq Vishk. 

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By: Mohnish Singh

Helmed by Nipun Dharmadhikari, Ishq Vishk Rebound is a refreshing dive into the lives of four Gen Z friends navigating the complexities of friendship, love, and self-discovery. It is a spiritual sequel to the Shahid Kapoor-starrer 2003 film, Ishq Vishk. 

Starring Rohit Saraf, Pashmina Roshan, Jibraan Khan, and Naila Grrewal, the film offers a modern twist on relationships and emotions that will surely resonate with youth.

Set in Dehradun, Ishq Vishk Rebound revolves around three childhood friends Raghav (Rohit Saraf), Sanya (Pashmina Roshan), and Sahir (Jibraan Khan). As they grow up, Sahir and Sanya start dating. Raghav also falls in love with a girl named Riya (Naila Grrewal). When Sanya and Sahir break up, Raghav tries his best to patch them up but ends up breaking up with Riya in the process. To make Sanya feel better, he starts spending time with her and eventually both fall in love. What happens next forms the crux of the story.

Rohit Saraf, as Raghav, proves to be the backbone of the film. His charm and effortless acting make every scene he is in delightful to watch. Saraf’s portrayal is consistent, carrying the narrative with a balance of humour and depth.

Jibraan Khan, making his transition from a child artist to a lead actor, impresses as Sahir. His performance hints at his potential, though it’s evident that more screen time would have allowed him to showcase his skills better. Similarly, Naila Grrewal as Riya delivers a commendable performance, but her limited presence on screen leaves the audience wanting more.

Pashmina Roshan, in her debut role as Sanya, delivers a mixed performance. As the cousin of superstar Hrithik Roshan, expectations were high. She shines in certain scenes, displaying a natural flair for acting, but struggles in others, indicating room for growth. Her character is pivotal to the story, and while she has the screen time to make a mark, her performance oscillates between being compelling and underwhelming.

The first half of Ishq Vishk Rebound sets a promising pace, drawing the audience into the world of these four friends with a blend of humour, romance, and relatable dilemmas. However, the second half loses some of this momentum, dragging in parts and affecting the overall narrative flow.

The music, while good, doesn’t quite match up to the iconic soundtrack of its predecessor, Ishq Vishk. The songs are pleasant and fit well within the story, though.

Ishq Vishk Rebound is an enjoyable watch, particularly for its target Gen Z audience. The film thrives on Rohit Saraf’s strong performance and offers glimpses of potential from Jibraan Khan and Naila Grrewal. Pashmina Roshan’s debut is noteworthy but leaves room for improvement. Despite its flaws, the movie successfully captures the essence of modern friendships and romantic entanglements, making it a relatable and entertaining experience.

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