Banner: Dharma Productions
Director: Shashank Khaitan
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter, Ashutosh Rana, etc.
Duration: 137 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: ★★★☆☆
Set against the backdrop of Udaipur, Dhadak revolves around Madhukar (Ishaan Khatter) and Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor), two young and vivacious souls head over heels in love with each other. Despite the fact that they come from two different backgrounds, they let their love blossom, keeping all worries at bay.
However, soon their hunky-dory world comes crashing down around them when Parthavi’s callous father Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana) comes to know about their romance and gets Madhukar jailed. What will happen now? Will Madhukar and Parthavi ever reunite? Will Ratan Singh accept the union? To find answers to these questions, watch the film in theater.
When a filmmaker sets out to remake a movie, which has already attained cult status in its respective language, it requires careful handling. However, no matter how much justice the director does to the recreated version, comparisons are bound to happen, and a genuine filmmaker should always be ready for it.
Dhadak, which is an official remake of the Nagraj Manjule helmed path breaking Marathi movie Sairat (2016), faces the same slew of comparisons. It retells the story that we, by and large, know. It takes us through the same over-utilized romantic tropes set against the backdrop of rich and poor divide, cast discrimination, and unbending patriarchy. But thankfully, Shashank Khaitan’s movie only rents its body from Sairat, not the soul, something which needs to be lauded.
Shashank builds his film well in the first half. You will love the camaraderie, the romance and moments of peaking tension which finally leads to the second half. The screenplay is imaginative, scenes make sense and dialogues are impactful. But as the second half kicks in, things go a little haywire.
The film becomes slow-paced and an abundance of some done to death scenes make it even more dragging. But before the movie goes totally out of hand, Khaitan charges up and gets the grip again, especially towards the end of it. The climax of the film is going to stun you. It propels your heart to mouth.
Get ready for a pin drop silence when you see it in theater. By and large, Dhadak is a romantic tale which, thankfully, never becomes a cloying story. It’s comparison to the original film is unjustifiable because Sairat is Sairat.
Coming to performances, newcomer Ishaan Khatter and debutante Janhvi Kapoor leave a mark with their performances and chemistry. Janhvi, despite being burdened with massive pressure and constant comparisons with mother Sridevi, pulls off her character well. In some scenes, she does remind you of Sridevi. Having said that, the need for improvement cannot be ruled out.
Ishaan, on the other hand, is pitch-perfect in the role of Madhukar. He is terrific in the movie. Ashutosh Rana is outstanding in the role of Ratan Singh. He can take even an average scene to new heights with his presence and aura. In a nutshell, whatever the actors were given to do, they have done it with utmost honesty and by the time you crawl out of theater, it is perhaps their performance which succeeds in leaving an impression on your mind more than anything.
Talking about music, Dhadak boasts of an incredible album with songs like ‘Dhadak’ and ‘Pehli Baar’ winning you over almost immediately. Music composer duo Ajay-Atul succeeds in pulling the right strings without tampering with the essence of their Sairat soundtrack. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya does a brilliant job in penning down nifty lyrics.
If you go to watch Dhadak without any expectations, you are going to love it. If comparing it with Sairat is the only thing on your mind, sorry, you are going to be a little disappointed. Dhadak is a sweet, simple, and beguiling film which has the potential to warm your heart, provided you have a taste for romantic tales told without much pretence. The lightweight romance is going to appeal to teens more than adults. Coming to the final conclusion of Dhadak review, if you are a romantic movie lover then this should be your weekend watch.
Before you book your ticket, watch the trailer of the movie here: