Verdict: A well-done re-imagination laced with the spark of new talent.
Ever since Dhadak was announced, it was destined to be compared to Sairat. Now that the movie has released, the makers and the cast can heave a sigh of relief as they do not need to lose sleep over it anymore. Dhadak may have been the Johar-polished beautiful version of Sairat but the one thing that truly matters is that the movie did what it set out to do – launch two new promising talents, get the audiences to the theatres, and keep the Sairat excellence alive, if not the rawness.
Directed by Shashank Khaitan who has movies like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania under his cap, Dhadak has been inspired by the 2016 super-hit film by Nagraj Manjule and stars Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor. Living up to both their legacies, the lead pair is so confident on the screen that you cannot help but wonder if this movie is truly their debut.
WHAT’s DHADAK ABOUT:
Set in Udaipur, the story begins with young love blossoming in the midst of politics and a dominant class system and ends with a theatre full of people, glued to their seats.
Lots of things! The infectious confidence with which the lead pair own the screen is too endearing to ignore. While the leading guy in Sairat was painted to be ‘the perfect man’, Dhadak shows Madhukar as a man with many flaws. This undoubtedly brings about a lot more connectivity as the former is pretty much unrelatable. Although Ishaan has managed to establish himself as a fabulous performer in his debut film, Beyond the Clouds, the eyeballs were on Janhvi Kapoor and she does not disappoint. There are moments when you think she could be better if the storyline permitted it but she nonetheless manages to find her mark and prove to the world that just like her mother, she is here to stay. The humor, the very Bollywood-like setup, the details with which the roles of the supporting characters are written, and the emotions that the film is capable of engendering even within a non-expectant viewer proves that the movie deserves all the accolades that it has been showered with. All this coupled with the practiced Ajay-Atul music makes Dhadak an impressive must-watch!
WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER:
It’s difficult to believe that during a time when the lead pair cannot afford food, their fashion quotient remains at the top of the game. This along with a few other not-so-blaring but nonetheless obvious disconnects could easily have been avoided. Ashutosh Rana’s character could have been a lot more powerful (dialogue and screen space wise) and only if the film’s pace were a little faster, we’d have been rooting for Dhadak a lot more!
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH:
Watch it for Bollywood’s attempt at re-creating a sensitive film and for bringing the Sairat magic to the non-Marathi audience. The tone of the film, the setting, and a different perspective indeed works in favor of Dhadak. The extra color, energy, and zest are pleasing to the eye and the incorruptible innocence of first love creates puddles of emotions that might be new to your hearts too! Additionally, Dhadak attempts to highlight some unfortunate truths that till date exist in our society. For a worthy experience, just treat it as an individual film sans any Sairat comparisons and we’re sure it will be worth your buck.