Dhadak review: Performances make the heart beat
Janhvi as Parthavi, is restrained, but a firebrand too
Friday 20 July 2018
Ishaan Khatter, Janhvi, Ashutosh Rana
Director Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak suffers from a lack of intrigue, right at the outset, as owing to being based on the popular Marathi hit Sairat, naturally, the story and outcome are all prefixed and something the audience is acquainted with. So it is only the performances that you are looking forward to, albeit with high expectations. And indeed those keep you hooked.
Set in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Dhadak is the love story of Madhu (Ishaan Khatter) and Parthavi (Janhvi) who are classmates in college. While he hails from an ordinary family and helps his father run a restaurant, she is the daughter of Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana), a local politician belonging to a higher caste. Smitten by her, Madhu follows her around like a lost lamb and it is his perseverance and sincerity that makes her come round too, and fall madly in love with him.
A small home where rotis will be made for just the two of them as opposed to the big bungalow he always promises her, is all she wants in her love story.
Her brother Roop and father are against this alliance and try to separate the two, but of course they succeed in running away and settling down in Kolkata with the help of his maternal uncle who loves him dearly.
Ishaan Khatter as the lovelorn Madhu, is endearing and charm personified. His passion, sincerity and energy are palpable and he becomes Madhu with ease.
Jhanvi as Parthavi, is more restrained, but a firebrand too. She has a strong screen presence and emotes with confidence.
Their on-screen chemistry is good and they make a cutely innocent pair. It is their sincere performances that involve you and make you feel their pain, joys and anxieties.
The character actors, especially his two friends, lend able support.
It is the script which appears to be a staid, cut copy, paste unimaginative job on the Sairat template. Thus, Dhadak lacks a soul of its own. It is the dramatic end however, which leaves a greater impact than even the original.
The characters are not well-etched and although the pace of the film is deliberately slow, to help you become a part of Madhu and Parthavi's life, the director seemed to be in a hurry to race along, by merely changing the milieu and setting, but otherwise, following the original to the core, without adding depth to the characters and establishing a raison detre.
The music is a highlight of the film and "Pehli Baar", is beautifully picturised. The title song "Dhadak" is soulful and sets the mood of their life. The sheer beat and pace of "Zingaat" makes it a treat to watch as well.
The cinematography by Vishnu Rao does justice to Udaipur and Kolkata and the ethos and physical beauty of both these places are well-captured.
Overall, the performances outdo the mediocrity of the script and keep the film afloat.
Dhadak review: 3 stars
Reactions from social media:
Arjun Kapoor @arjunk26
It’s out today #Dhadak !!! @ShashankKhaitan has made a heart warming & yet gut wrenching love story....he’s handled the 2 Of them so deftly. Ishan u have nailed the simplicity & energy of a young kid who just sees purity in love Janhvi u left me speechless so bloody proud of u...
Varun Dhawan @Varun_dvn
#DHADAK is @ShashankKhaitan finest work. Ishaan and Jaanvi are incredible in the film. It’s a film which will touch everyone’s heart and give an important message. Go catch it in the theatre. Shashank I’m so happy to see your growth but happier cause your the same person.
Arjun Bijlani @Thearjunbijlani
Last night was at the #dhadak screening @ShashankKhaitan ur story telling has so much theraaav. Superbly executed. #JhanviKapoor is outstanding in the film . Ishaan has done a good job as well.u dont wana miss this one guys have to watch it. DONT MISS IT.
taran adarsh @taran_adarsh
Ishaan is tremendous... Nails the part like a seasoned actor... Incredible talent... Janhvi springs a pleasant surprise and pitches in a confident performance... Watch out for the sequence when she confronts Ishaan in the second hour... #Dhadak
Anil Kapoor @AnilKapoor
Saw #Dhadak last night and all I have to say is #JanhviKapoor & @imIshaanKhatter both are already stars! Their innocence & love will steal your hearts for sure! Loved it!@DharmaMovies @karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan @ZeeStudios_
Neha Dhupia @NehaDhupia
Watched #dhadak last night I walked out with so many emotions,to begin with #jhanavi n #Ishaan are absolutely brilliant..they did nt get a single beat wrong,they performed like pros,danced like lightening and looked youthful and gorgeous. I’m blown away.. @karanjohar only u can.
Debarati Majumder @debarati_m
A predictable crap packaged so that a bunch of braindead socialmedia upstarts can create a halo as if Bollywood has found Sridevi's replacement in her non-actor daughter
Biswatosh Sinha @biswatosh
#DhadakReview One thing is sure #Sairat is far better than #Dhadak in every aspect. There is no point of comparison. It's better to watch Sairat again.
Neelima Kulkarni @starneelima
#DhadakReview - Disappointing!!!!
Sreeju Sudhakaran @sree_thru_me
Is it unfair to compare #Dhadak with #Sairat? Maybe. But if you are remaking a cult movie, you are bound to accept the comparisons and criticisms (if the remake sucks)!