Directed By: Shashank Khaitan
Starring: Ishaan Khatter, Janhvi Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana
Screenplay: Shashank Khaitan
Zee Studios and Dharma Productions’ DHADAK presents Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor; the film is a story of lovers who dare to go against all societal norms and politics for the sake of love. It is an adaptation of the Marathi blockbuster film SAIRAT directed by Nagraj Manjule. The strength of DHADAK lies in its freshness and innocence. The film is about Madhukar (Ishaan) and Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor) falling head over heels in love with each other but the fact that they belong to different caste becomes an obstacle in their romance. The story of love which tries to fight against politics and societal norms is engaging but in parts. The film is set in Udaipur and the story begins with young teenage love blossoming in the mist of politics and a class system. Parthavi, daughter of a local politician Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana), While Madhukar is a son of a restaurant owner and belongs to a lower caste. Madhu and Parthavi fall in love with each other, when Parthavi’s family comes to know about this they tear the lovers apart. Both manage to elope themselves and run from Udaipur to Mumbai to Nagpur to Kolkata. Finally they settle down get married and become parents. The film is good in parts but it does not go all buns blazing, it fails to replicate the questions related to caste. The class distinction is almost invisible while caste related issues are crudely forced into the film. The movie manages to dazzle but does not make you emotional. As a standalone movie DHADAK would’ve been a better film. But being a remake of such an iconic movie SAIRAT works against this one. The one thing that works like a charm in this one is the raw talent and chemistry between the lead pair.
Technically the film is wonderfully shot; brilliant cinematography by Vishnu Rao, film is very well edited by Monisha R. Baldawa, Productions values are top notch. Music and background score is mesmerizing; especially the title track Dhadak stands out and the other songs Zingat and Pheli Baar are taken from the original film SAIRAT with Hindi lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Performance by Ishaan Khatter is very good, he portrays his intense part effortlessly. He keeps his character simple and displays a wide range of emotions. Debutant Janhvi Kapoor is good in her portrayal; her innocence catches the eye, her innocence stays with you for a long time post the film. Ashutosh Rana packs his role with a distinguished evil streak and conveys intimidation through his character. Apart from the central characters the supporting cast that includes Ankit Bisht, Sridhar Watsar and Kharaj Mukherjee have all been above par as an ensemble.
Shashank Kahitan presents the teenage romance with sensitivity, he has made the film an entertaining and engaging watch and brings out the best from his actors but owing to its subject the film is slightly too polished and slick. He adapts the film SAIRAT nicely but fails to recreate the magic from the original.