The city of lakes sinks you in the love story that beats raising the pulse each minute when the love blossoms. Director Shashank Khaitan does quite a justice to the Marathi remake “Sairaat” and gives story a wider audience as a Hindi feature film.
Jhanvi Kapoor plays Parthavi and Ishan plays Madhu they both together steal the show as the film relies purely on their chemistry and that evolves flawlessly.
Love story is simple, there is nothing new that you may not have come across. A rich girl, an influential father, a poor boy, a bit of eve-teasing and the cupid strikes. Family plays villain in the story and love birds get heroic and they see nothing but love. Some end happily and some don’t; some bore you out to the core and some don’t. Dhadak falls in the latter category. It differs for Madhu and Parthavi; their journey in their love story. The Udaipur landscape that blossoms their love gives you a picture perfect experience. Cinematography may not be as splendid as a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film but the scenic beauty of the “city of lakes” stands for itself giving you quite an authentic feel of Udaipur. Music is decent and goes well with the film; though not as strong as the love story should hold but it definitely syncs you in the right mood.
The rest of the cast is just a passing phase; even Ashutosh Rana’s character is not well crafted or anybody else’s for that matter. This is somewhere you feel a strong casting could have helped making Dhadak a richer experience. Be it their families, the pals, the opposition, mostly first timers and doesn’t really add much value. Kharaj Mukherjee gives you a bit of relief with his presence in the second half; his sheer presence makes you feel you are in Kolkata.
And this is how Dhadak purely rides on Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar and they do justice to their roles bringing you a story that leaves your Dhadak still.
Jhanvi Kapoor has it in her genes; her confidence is at par, screen presence brilliant, her performance comes as smooth as of any vintage performance. Her beautiful eyes emote and the sparkle in her eyes does remind you of Sridevi. Parthavi very much belongs to her and her screen presence only echoes the kind of hard work she had put-in to make Parthavi stand-out.
Ishan Khattar is definitely getting beyond the clouds. He continues to showcase his talent brilliantly in his second outing as well. The younger generation is not taking their genes for granted and are putting their best foot forward. Hard work reflects and silver screen shines; they both together give you a feel of fresh love; that is innocent, vulnerable, brave and yet fragile.
For those who have seen Sairaat, they will know what is coming, since the film is an adaptation. For those who haven’t seen Sairaat may know what is coming but How is something that numbs your Dhadak. Execution matters and Shashank Khaitan leaves a mark with his version of climax without altering much of the narrative.
Dhadak beats well.
Verdict: Silver Plus 3.5*s