Karan Johar’s much awaited production Dhadak (official remake of the Marathi hit Sairat) has finally hit the screens. The promos did create good buzz among the public and so did the debut factor of Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor. Shashank Khaitan’s Dhadak takes major cues from it’s Marathi version but drifts apart in becoming a more commercial potboiler.
Madhu (Ishaan) and Parthavi (Janhvi) play college goers in Udaipur. Their caste is different but their feelings towards each other is same. Parthavi is the daughter of an ambitious hotelier cum politician (Ashutosh Rana) while Madhu’s parents own a middle class restaurant. The caste and social status differences make it difficult for the pair to confront their parents. Madhu and Parthavi do all they can to stay together and they eventually flee. The rest of the story showcases their turmoil, tiffs, regrouping, and something more which you can witness on screen.
Comparisons are bound to happen but if you haven’t watched Sairat, Dhadak does keeps you engaged literally. The original version was more raw and rural, while this version is more sophisticated and majorly sanitized. Coming from Dharma Productions, Dhadak has the rawness which is cleverly filled in a glossy cover.
Ishaan Khatter nears perfection and this is yet another substantial performance from him after his debut film Beyond The Clouds. He reflects innocence and maturity with aplomb. Janhvi Kapoor is endearing and gives a fine act. She looks beautiful in most parts and her pairing with Ishaan ignites. Ashutosh Rana has done such roles earlier and this is yet another piece of it from him. Kharaj Mukherjee as the lodge owner evokes laughs and it helps the second half from turning monotonous. Hero’s friends had a more crucial part to play in the original version but in this, they tend to share screen space for bringing in laughter.
Music by Ajay-Atul is decent and the Zingaat version is recreated well. Cinematography is neat, while editing should have been a little better in the second half. Director Shashank Khaitan delivers Dhadak quite well. Placed at 137 minutes, second half could have been edited even more to make it crisp. The finale is chilling and it is very abrupt (which actually works) that it doesn’t give you time to gulp and feel about it. Dhadak is a good watch as it engages you pretty well.
Review by Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu (Sandy)