Dhadak is an upcoming 2018 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Shashank Khaitan, produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios and stars Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter in lead roles. The film is a remake of the 2016 Marathi language film Sairat. It is scheduled to be released on 20 July 2018.
Plot: Set in Rajasthan, this love story explores how the protagonists deal with issues like differences between castes and honor killings.
Film Dhadak is praiseworthy to watch once for its fresh lead star cast with entertainment quotient. !!
July 20 th, 2018
Earlier, Nagraj Manjule’s Sairat, which released in 2016 and starred unknown faces from rural Maharashtra, went on to become a massive hit, courtesy its realistic story and touching music. In 2018, Karan Johar remakes the same movie with known star kids Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter and picturesque Udaipur as the backdrop with new title Dhadak.
The strong point of Dhadak lies in its apparent freshness and innocence with the new faces of Ishaan (one film old) and Janhvi (who marks her debut in Bollywood) works in the favour of its story. Like Nagraj Manjule’s Sairat, the facet of love trying to survive the cruel world of politics and ruthless societal pressure, makes Dhadak appealing. The movie tries to replicate the Sairat’s narrative but it lacks in the grit and detailing of Manjule’s original. Film Dhadak attempts to highlight some appalling truths about our society and for that it is worthy to watch once.
Film Dhadak spins around Madhukar (Ishaan), a boy from a lower caste, who falls for the lively Parthavi (Janhvi), the daughter of local politician Ratan Singh Rathod (Ashutosh Rana). Unnecessary to say, when Parthavi reciprocates his feelings, things get complicated for both of them after Ratan Singh discovers the affair and comes down heavily on the lovers. The two flee to Mumbai and finally to Kolkata to make a life for themselves, but will they be able to live happily ever after?
Newbie actor Ishaan Khattar has a pleasant boyish charm just like his brother Shahid Kapoor. But, there is a freshness in his act that makes his character engaging. Ishaan’s personality has the energy and zest of a newcomer. Janhvi looks radiant and beautiful and succeeds to put in an above average performance, particularly in the second half and the chemistry between the two is cool, natural and endearing. Ashutosh Rana is good as a baddie but we expected something more from him. Ashutosh Rana as the menacing father and political figure is flawlessly intense. Other cast is OK. But Sridhar Watsar’s comic act is praiseworthy.
The music of the film is a good one. Ajay-Atul pulls the right strings for this one, two tracks from Sairat have been recreated, one of which is the huge hit Zingaat. The background score of the movie (John Stewart Eduri) is designed captivatingly and it blends in with the setting of this tale. The movie also has some spectacular cinematography by Vishnu Rao, who makes a pretty picture out of the landscapes of Udaipur.
Director Shashank Khaitan, who had directed films like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, has done justice to the remake of Sairat when it comes to essaying the innocence of true love and the dangers it has to face in a society that puts things like caste and religion above basic humanity. Dhadak is without doubt, Shashank Khaitan’s first darkest film. He presents the naïve romance with sensitivity, even while fusing the story with sufficient dramatic highs. The climax is admirably nerve-wracking and edgy.
Overall, film Dhadak is praiseworthy to watch once for its fresh lead star cast with entertainment quotient.