Direction: Shashank Khaitan Production: Dharma Productions, Zee Studios Screenplay: Shashank Khaitan Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Janhvi Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana Cinematography: Vishnu Rao Editing: Monisha Baldawa Music: John Stewart Eduri, Ajay-Atul
Hindi / Drama, Romance / 137 mins / India / 2018
If mere copying of a 100 crore+ blockbuster (read Sairat / Wild – Unrestrained by Nagraj Manjule) could make a remake great, then Dhadak would work for its audiences. Unfortunately its director Shashank Khaitan misses the wood for the trees and essence of the original goes severely missing. Sairat, as the classic love story of young star crossed lovers, highlighted caste divides and honour killings. It was a film that made hearts bleed and eyes moist. By the end of Sairat, all you wished for was peace and happiness for the couple - whom you had fallen in love with. In the case of Dhadak, all you wait for is the end so that you can go home! Because in trying to capture the plot, the filmmaker loses it. That may sound a bit harsh but its true.
Set in Udaipur, Dhadak tries to capture the local flavors in its use of the local dialect, Mewari. But it doesn’t capture caste divisions in society or mention honour as a byword. And because the undercurrents are missing, Dhadak ends up being a story about boy meeting girl; they falling in love and eloping because it is thrust upon them not because they had a plan in place! What happens next is a mundane tale of trying to build a life for themselves – till the families find them.
On paper (read screenplay) Parthavi (Kapoor) is a Brahmin and Madhukar (Khattar) a boy from a lower caste. But that idea remains in between covers and doesn’t show up on screen at all. There are other factors which fail to move you. There is hardly any chemistry between the young lovers. The best of scenes between them feel like they are going through the motions and not madly in love. The supporting cast is weak as well and even Ashutosh Rana as Rattan Singh – Parthavi’s father, is more interested in