Ishq Vishk Rebound Review: A Refreshing Rom-Com with Minor Flaws

In an age dominated by situationships and breadcrumbing, where love stories often become unnecessarily complicated, Nipun Dharmadhikari’s romantic comedy offers a refreshing change. The latest installment in the Ishq Vishk (2003) series centers on three childhood friends: Raghav (Rohit Saraf), Sanya (Pashmina Roshan), and Sahir (Jibraan Khan). The on-and-off relationship between Sanya and Sahir frequently entangles Raghav in their drama. When both couples break up simultaneously, Raghav and Sanya find themselves in a rebound relationship. But will this fling jeopardize their lifelong friendship?

The film’s first half is packed with humor as Raghav hilariously navigates his friendships and new romance. From stealing Sahir’s dog to going on a ‘haunting trip’ with Sanya, the entertaining sequences keep viewers engaged. Written by Vaishali Naik, Vinay Chhawal, and Ketan Pedgaonkar, the movie provides insight into modern love. Raghav views relationships as baggage-free transactions, which justifies his rebound with Sanya. The narrative also explores how family dynamics complicate romantic relationships. Sanya’s confrontational nature stems from her broken home, often clashing with Sahir, who is burdened by his controlling and abusive father, leading to their breakup. The film emphasizes self-discovery and finding happiness beyond romantic entanglements.

However, the film’s pace slows in the second half as the group’s relationships become repetitive. Raghav’s attempt to parallel his life in his film’s script falls flat. Some plot points, like Riya’s jealousy towards the trio’s bond, are underdeveloped. While the songs are well-choreographed and catchy, they disrupt the narrative flow in the latter half. Rochak Kohli’s melodious “Rehmat,” along with the remakes of “Chot Dil Pe Lagi” and “Ishq Vishk Pyaar Vyaar,” contribute to a good soundtrack.

Rohit Saraf shines with his impeccable comedic timing and effortless performance, breaking the fourth wall to draw viewers into his character’s journey. Pashmina Roshan delivers a strong performance as a troubled, immature girl blaming her issues on her broken family. Jibraan Khan is competent, and Naila Grrewal is adequate in her limited role.

Ishq Vishk Rebound caters to Gen Z. While older audiences might not fully resonate with its depiction of modern love, its humor, engaging performances, and entertainment value make it a decent one-time watch.

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