Even though the film is a sequel to ‘Ishqiya’, it is apparently different in its treatment and subject.

Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi will reprise their roles of Khalujaan and Babban respectively in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’. Huma Qureshi joins them in the cast.

Made on a budget of approximately Rs 15 crore, the women-centric hinterland drama has been jointly produced by Raman Maroo of Shemaroo Entertainment and Vishal Bharadwaj, who has also co-scripted the film.

The weekend also has another love story ‘Yaariyan’ hitting the screens. For those looking for candy floss romance, debutante director Divya Khosla’s ‘Yaariyan’ may satisfy their desire.

‘Yaariyan’ features Miss India 2011 Rakul Preet Singh, TV show actor Himansh Kohli, Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria and Serah Singh.

Produced by T-Series, the music for the film has been composed by Pritam, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Anupam Amod.

Divya, who is married to producer Bhushan Kumar, has also choreographed five songs for the college-based romantic drama.

The film fraternity has supported ‘Yaariyan’ in different forms.

For instance, the title ‘Yaariyaan’ was registered with Saif Ali Khan's company but he gave it to Kumar for free. Another well-known filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt, launched the trailer of the film.

The film was earlier expected to release on January 31. Kumar, however, decided to advance this after an encouraging response to the film's first song ‘ABCD’, which got one million views on video-sharing website YouTube within just two days of its release.

While "Dedh Ishqiya" is known for its star cast, "Yaariyan" has been in the news for its music.

"Both the films are equal.  'Dedh Ishqiya' has Madhuri, but the music of 'Yaariyan' has been appreciated. Both the films will manage well," Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines said.

While both the films have had minimal promotions, each will hit approximately 1,200-1,500 screens.

(Agencies)

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