20 Years of Ishq Vishk
Written by Swaati on May 9, 2023
Ishq Vishk (2003), one of the most loved romcoms of Bollywood, completed 20 years on May 9. It is a film that launched Shahid Kapoor and after its release, he and Amrita Rao became heartthrobs of the nation. On Ishq Vishk’s 20th anniversary, the talented and beautiful Amrita spoke exclusively to Bollywood Hungama about her memories and a lot more.
How did your life change after watching Ishq Vishk?
I found compliments from the biggest stars and superstars in the industry. I became the talk of the tinsel town. I got many awards but you will be surprised to know that I haven’t watched Ishq Vishk even once after 2003. This was mostly not to repeat myself as an actor. I do that for all my films.
Looking back, why do you think Ishq Vishk worked so well and continues to get viewership even today?
That’s because it had a solid script. I recall Ken Ghosh and his team revised the script, the dialogues and the screenplay for at least 10 versions before they had the most perfect script. Anu Malik’s melodious songs added to and uplifted the magic.
What does RJ Anmol, your hubby, have to say about your performance in Ishq Vishk?
Oh, he absolutely loves it. Anmol always requests me to watch the movie at least once with him but I always ditch him (laughs)!
A sequel to Ishq Vishk is being made. Your thoughts?
Ishq Vishk is a cult college film in this country. People have a lot of their love and sentiments attached to this film. I am sure it’s a huge challenge for the director and the actors to keep up with the expectations. I wish them the very best to find the same love.
We can’t have an interview about Ishq Vishk and not talk about music. Which is your favourite song from the album and why?
Tips is essentially a music company and so, the music of Ishq Vishk had to be amazing. Anu Malik’s melody and Ken Ghosh’s long hours of labour in the recording studio added so much value. I was most excited to give expressions to the songs particularly ‘Mere Dil Ko Yeh Kya Ho Gaya’ sung brilliantly by Alka Yagnik ji. By the way, I also choreographed a lot of this very girly number along with Ahmed Khan’s assistant Ravi Botalje in Cape Town!