It is common knowledge that Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak is a remake of the blockbuster Marathi film Sairat. So comparisons are inevitable. How good is it? Is it as good as the original? Does it do justice to the original material? Do Ishaan and Janhvi do justice to Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar? Does Nagraj Manjule's vision stay true to what Shashank Khaitan has put together on the big screen? These are valid questions and the answers are a mixed bag.
What's it about
Dhadak does full justice to the essence of Sairat. It celebrates young love and the pain it brings. The roller coaster ride the love story paints is what makes Dhadak a worthwhile watch. Also let me point out that the supporting cast who played Ishaan's friends - Ankit Bisht and Shridhar Watsar do full justice to their roles. Ashutosh Rana as Ratan Singh the baddie does full justice to his character. Dhadak is a love story that doesn't conform to the norms and stereotypes. The film is a rebellious love story that goes beyond caste divide and showcases what young love symbolises. Honour killing and how the current generation deals with it is what makes Dhadak relevant.
Ishaan Khatter is a star. He's here to stay! There are no two views about how good he is in Dhadak. Yes he is Shahid Kapur's brother, but he is so much more than that. Ishaan is one of the biggest reasons why Dhadak works. He makes Madhu so believable. His looks and his body language are utterly convincing. He speaks through his eyes and little gestures. Even though he made his debut with Beyond the Clouds, Dhadak taps into his potential and uses it well. Of course the focus is on Janhvi Kapoor and how good is she in the film? That truly is the million dollar question. There is so much pressure on her with Sridevi's death and the following media coverage of the film. Given the fact that this is Janhvi's debut, the girl gives it her all. Of course there is immense scope to do better on all fronts. Janhvi's vulnerability comes across in the monologues, and her scenes with Ishaan where she is truly tested and she scores well. The landscape is beautiful. Udaipur has been showcased like it deserved and the music complements the plot. Ashutosh Rana is menacing and despite his limited screen presence he manages to make a mark. Full marks to Shashank for staying true to the original material. ALSO READ: Dhadak box office prediction: Ishaan and Janhvi's romantic drama to earn around Rs 7 crore on its opening day
The issues crop up with the backdrop where the film is set and the dialect. There are scenes where Janhvi's dialogues seem to fumble and she gets out of the character. The same holds true for Ishaan where the Rajasthani dialect goes missing and you are left wondering if that is Shahid Kapur speaking. The second half rambles on into an incoherent climax. Don't go expecting the Sairat experience and you won't be disappointed.
Dhadak is a stellar debut for newcomers Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor. It also is a beautiful homage to the original Sairat. Janhvi and Ishaan are here to stay. Welcome to the mad world of showbiz.
4 out of 5
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