October 21, 2020

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Dhadak Review: Dhak Dhak to Sairat!

The film had pretty good expectations. First of all, it’s an official remake of the iconic Marathi film ‘Sairat’ that had won several hearts from all over. Secondly, it’s a long-awaited debut film of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor. So does DHADAK manage to turn out as entertaining or at least at par than the Marathi original? Or does it fail to live upto the expectations? Let’s check it out!

Story

If you have watched ‘Sairat’, then the basic premise is clichéd and so does the writer-director of Dhadak have kept it here. It’s a love story, where a poor boy falls in love with a rich girl. Now, the girl’s father, who is quite an influential politician here, doesn’t like this Jodi of poor boy and rich girl. So he tortures our hero, but then heroine takes a stand and manages to save her lover. Both of them now decides to flee away and start their own personal happy life. Well, what happens next forms the rest of the film.

Screenplay & Direction

I believe that no matter if the basic premise is clichéd to the extent, but if the presentation of the film through its screenplay and direction is engaging enough, then it’s worth to be called as an entertaining film. And the same happened with ‘Sairat’. Now Shashank Khaitan’s ‘Dhadak’ is on the same lines but with minor tweaks. There are quite a many changes, especially the climax part. Hence even those who have seen SAIRAT will be in for a surprise here.

First-half is well structured where the makers developed the story with a number of engaging moments. The manner in which Madhukar and Parthvi’s love story develops will surely put a smile on the faces of the viewers. However, in the second half, the film gets a bit slow but then it was necessary to show the hardships. Post interval, the film switches tracks as the lovers realise that love is not a bed of roses. However, it’s been presented in quite a predictable way where one can easily judge what’s going to happen next. Meanwhile, the finale is a shocker to say the least, with a good twist, but as said, quite predictable.

Film’s screenplay is relatively effective, whereas Shashank Khaitan’s direction complements the script well. However, the director has lost one of the finest opportunities here to make an impactful remake. Some of the sequences in the second-half fail to justify the screenplay and equally the original one.

Music & Other Technicalities

‘Zingaat’ is already a rage, whereas the title song has a soothing feeling. On the whole, Ajay-Atul’s music is melodious. Meanwhile, background score is brilliant and enhances the impact. Cinematography is one of the best things about the film. Editing is slick, where the makers made it quite short in comparison with Sairat’. Dialogues are simple and funny.

Performances

Ishaan Khatter had already proved his worth with ‘BEYOND THE CLOUDS’ and with ‘DHADAK’, he proves that he’s definitely here to stay. On the other side, Janhvi Kapoor does extremely well and exudes lot of confidence. Considering her debut film, she surely makes an impression here and that’s a feat for a newcomer. Chemistry between them too is refreshing and audience will love to watch them again.

Ashutosh Rana is brilliant, as usual, in his negative role, but one wishes that his character would have been got a little more screen-time. Shridhar Watsar effectively contributes a lot to the humour quotient. Rest of the star-cast equally supports well in the film.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?

Well, for only those who haven’t seen the original Marathi film yet! For those, who have seen it, ‘Dhadak’ will not be as impressive as per their expectations. To be precise, ‘Dhadak’ will not make you go Dhak-Dhak as ‘Sairat’ makes you. However, along with Ishaan and Janhvi’s great chemistry and superlative performances, it’s surely an engaging film and manages to entertain the audiences to some extent.

Rating: 3 Stars

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