'Dhadak', despite the flaws central to the audiences, and being manipulative in every sense of word, is a winning love story all the way. Not only is it a thoroughly entertaining tale whicg encapsulates 'Sairat' by not making it too realistic, it dazzles and soars with a blas of colours. The lovers, Madhuk and Parthavi played by Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor, are raw, subtle, hued and amazingly poignant. While Ishaan adds realism to Madhuk, making him as amazing as Parshya in 'Sairat', Janhvi adds to the film's sweetness as Parthavi, even when she isn't half bold.
The film's second half is a winner all the way. It transcends smoothly the realities and although quiet diluted in nature, it does showcase woth real deep-delving the nature of hardships. It is extremely relatable out there. The downer comes from the passionate bits, where no lights seem to be turning on. All-in-all, Shashank Khaitan's 'Dhadak' is as well made as Sairat. Only, it has artifice that's far from the realism of the original.
It's been a rather busy week on the professional front that I wasnt able to pen my thoughts about "Dhadak" that I had watched last weekend. I was rather interested to check it out after all it was the launch of Sridevi's daughter, Janhvi Kapoor & Shahid's brother, Ishaan Khatter. The trailer was quite good & the songs were rather catchy. giving indications that it had the substance to earn a decent initial. But will it be able to break even???
The film unfolds in Rajasthan where we have Madhukar (Ishaan) & Parthavi (Janhvi) fall for each other, oblivious of the fact her family were against their union since he belonged to an inferior caste. Parthavi's father Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana) uses his influence to register a fake rape attempt case on Madhu & his friends. However, Parthavi manages to turn the tables & rescues Madhu from the clutches of the police. But will the lovers be able to ever live in peace???
Karan Johar had bought the rights for the Marathi blockbuster "Sairat" & entrusted Shashank Khaitan to remake it in Hindi. This was the latter's third movie after the "Dulhania" series & definitely a challenge to match upto Nagraj Manjule's efforts. Well it seemed Shashank had the dilemma as to whether he should attempt something truly original or he felt that the audience wouldn't be able to digest the harsh reality portrayed in the Marathi version. Anywaz Shashank was rather too mellow in his screenplay & execution , which kinda denied the movie the impact that it could have made if he was faithful to the original script. On the technical side, both Ajay-Atul & John Stewart have done a praise worthy job with the music & BGM while Vishnu Rao's visuals were fine.
Both Ishaan & Janhvi have done a decent job in their debut outing. Ishaan oozes charm & innocence and was an apt choice for the role. It would be unfair to compare Janhvi to her illustrious mother, the incomparable Sridevi. But even then Janhvi has done no harm to her name & has given a reasonably decent performance. There is no doubt that they are far from the finished product, but for starters they deserve an applause. The rest of the cast were average & didnt have much to do.
Verdict: Even if you didnt watch "Sairat", you will still feel that Shashank definitely missed the opportunity to make a memorable love story along the lines of "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak". As per box office figures, it has managed to make a profit. In short, it's rather predictable; which means that the story as such might not interest you but the newbies has done a decent job.
All in all Dhadak is a well-executed romance drama that survives because of the crime quotient and the cast performance. It is a natural and important story that must reach more audience, which is why I am validating this remake. Despite its shortcomings, it succeeds in what it sets out to do, and for that, a weekend ticket price wouldn't be a waste. Go for it! If you understand Marathi, catch Sairat instead. TN.