#DhadakReview: It is not bad. But, Is That Reason Enough To Watch The Movie?

Dhadak is not bad. You may watch it and you will not dislike all of it. And Yes, Janhvi has the aura of a star. But, the heartbeat, the Dhadak, is missing.

By Dev Meher

Jul 21, 2018  Updated On : Aug 28, 2018

Directed By: Shashank Khaitan

Produced by: Karan Johar

Runtime: 150 Minutes

Dhadak Movie Cast:

Janhvi Kapoor as Parthavi Singh

Ishaan Khatter as Madhukar Bagla

Ashutosh Rana as Ratan Singh, Parthavi`s father

Ankit Bisht as Gokul, Madhukar`s friend

Shridhar Watsar as Purushottam, Madhukar`s friend

Godaan Kumar as Roop, Parthavi`s brother

Aishwarya Narkar as Madhukar`s mother

Govind Pandey as Madhukar`s father

Kharaj Mukherjee as Sachin Bhowmick

Mustaqeem as Bijnori

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It looks more like a rip than a remake. I remind myself constantly that ‘Chill, its Bollywood. Relax, Its Dharma.’ Bollywood variety of copying is so uninventive that I wonder what brief they gave to the writers or maybe, here, the translators. One of the few sins of remakes are they look deliberate and they force sequences. But, the predictability of an over-glamorized remake becomes bizarre at times. I think the whole idea of a remake should be to recreate. You see a scene coming from miles away and hence the impact is suddenly neutralized.

Dhadak Movie Story Review

The film tells the story of Madhukar (Ishaan Khattar) and Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor) who fall in love, despite the difference in class and caste. Ashutosh Rana plays the crooked politician who sees tradition above all and does impress in 2 scenes. The movie is textbook Romeo-Juliet (Ram-Leela, Sairat, Dahek) which inspires basically a few films every year in Bollywood and Regional. As you know already, it is ‘Zingaat Fun Pre-Interval and ‘Sweat and Blood’ Post-Interval.

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The climax of Sairat left you stunned and anguished. The fact that the film ended right there hit you like a ton of bricks. One is thinking all through the film if the ending has been altered. Do they die or live? Director Shashank Khaitan knows it and plays with your mind with his tools. The last shot is a tense and an uncut 2-Minuter with movements showing the big reveal. No Music. Fade Out. The film tells you: NOW, Go Sink!

Dhadak Shooting Locations

From Sairat’s pastoral background and rustic settings, Dhadak has moved to India’s most popular wedding destination – Udaipur. As a result, when the couple leaves the city, we do not experience a sense of loss, confusion, and displacement. They go through their painful trails but suddenly, the director’s can of ideas is empty and the narrative is vapid.

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Comparisons are odious but obvious. The film doesn’t care to make you reflect. The whole goal is to make the story more palatable. Hence, the inserts and omissions are deliberate. But when the songs and the music come the camera glides across the lakes, you want to live the good parts. You do catch yourself guiltily enjoying the good parts, the glamour mainly. Ajay-Atul is magical with their sense of music. Oh, I love the voice, lyrics, and sound of the Title Song. It is beautiful but badly shot. Jo Meri Manzilon ko.. is such an astonishing piece of music.

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I do not like the cinematography but as expected from Dharma, Shashank Tere’s production design is sharp. Monisha R Baldawa’s editing is slick. Manish Malhotra is handling costume. I think fashion is one thing and costume design is another. Karan Johar, smart at cost-cutting, has gone for completely fresh faces just like Student of the year.

I will repeat again that Dhadak is not bad. But, is that reason enough to watch the movie? You choose. Two Stars(✯✯✰✰✰)!

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