Dhadak Is the Easy-Breezy Romantic Drama Saved by the Lead Actors

Dhadak Review: 2.5 Star

Star Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Janhvi Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana

Director: Shashank Khaitan

Based on: Sairat; by Nagraj Manjule

Music Director: Ajay-Atul

Story

An adaptation of the popular and the all-time 2016 Marathi blockbuster Sairat, Dhadak is a romantic drama set in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Madhukar (Ishaan) falls head over heels for Parthavi (Janhvi), an upper caste girl whose father Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana) is a local politician and hotelier. Being lower down in social order, Madhukar’s father (Govind Pandey) warns him to stay away from her mentioning caste-class chasm. But nothing can stop the blooming love in both the hearts and they are finally set to put apart once Ratan Singh and his hot-headed son Roop Kumar smell the romance, which probably expects its end the same moment but the duo somehow elopes to Kolkata with the help of their friends where both of them start working and earning. They miss their families but find no way they can go back to their hometown. After a series of light and hard sequences, their journey reaches a not so expected climax.

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Review

The first half of the film is very slow moving and the entertainment value is very low. Many scenes are unnecessarily dragged which further prove to be monotonous for the audience. The whole first half does not pick up the pace till the last 10 minutes before the interval where some moments startle and set you to have high expectation from the second half. But again, the second half also does not speed up, but surely has some moments where the lead characters really win over but till then it becomes too late for the audience get rid of the flaws the entire film has. The climax seems to be shocking for a section while another section might dislike the one part of the climax.

Story and Direction

Writer-Director Shashank Khaitan could not dare to change much of its plot and kept the whole film as it is. Only the climax has been changed a little. He could not draw the intensity and innocence of love that you feel while watching Sairat. Also, featuring luxurious villas, cars, colorful sadis and foreigners seems irrelevant.

Performances

Jhanvi is superb and acted like a seasoned actor. She is a natural performer and comfortably brings on all the emotions on the screen. Ishan has previously worked in Beyond the Clouds and this his second Hindi film and despite being a newcomer, he dishes out a promising performance. Ankit Bisht as Gokul and Shridhar Watsar as Purshottam impress with their sheer spontaneity. Ashutosh Rana as a cruel and ambitions is incredible once again.

dhadak review

Direction

Writer-Director Shashank Khaitan could not dare to change much of its plot and kept the whole film as it is. Only the climax has been changed a little. He could not draw the intensity and innocence of love that you feel while watching Sairat. Also, featuring luxurious villas, cars, colorful sadis and foreigners seems irrelevant.

Watch It or Not?

It’s been long since we witness such a young and musical love story on the big screen. So for a change, you can be a part of their romantic journey.

Box Office Verdict

Well, despite being a below-par remake, the film will take over the box office due to the clamor already created by it. We must also credit the way the film has been marketed. The estimated budget of Dhadak is ₹ 40 crore and can fish out its cost production easily.

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