An official remake of the Marathi film Sairat, Dhadak is the story of star-crossed lovers- Madhukar and Parthavi — torn apart by caste. Talkietive Reviews brings you the 5 Good Things that stand out in the movie.
1) Producer's Choice: Karan Johar, the producer of Dhadak and boss man at Dharma Production has an unerring eye for interesting projects. His choice of Sairat, a very successful Marathi film about young lovers torn apart by caste as the film to remake in Hindi is a clever choice. For starters there is already some great material to work on and then there is the success of Sairat to build on. Johar who is known for giving platform to new talent like Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, once again places his bets on Ishaan Khatter and Jahnvi Kapoor. Given their lineage, awareness of the film-making process and the fact that they suit the part makes them a perfect fit for the role.
2) Timeless Love Stories: Love stories are always challenging because they run the risk of becoming cliched and formulaic. Before Dhadak, Sairat has also been remade into Kannada as Manaus Mallingey and Channa Mereya in Punjabi suggesting that the love stories beset by problems like caste or religious differences, struggle to survive even in modern India.
3) Young Blood: Dhadak also marks the debut of newcomers Ishaan Khatter and Jahnvi Kapoor. Khatter's debut earlier this year in Iranian master Majid Majidi's film Beyond the Clouds, has obviously moulded him into a fine actor. Dhadak marks his big debut in Bollywood. As Madhukar, he is both innocent and charming and has the audience sympathies firmly in his corner. Janhvi as the bold and feisty Parthavi shows remarkable confidence and grace, not intimidated by the camera even for a second.
4) Chartbusters: The high wattage music of the film composed by the Ajay-Atul (Gogavale) of Sairat fame is predictably popular with the young listeners. The Hindi version of Zingaat in particular, is fun and has the trappings of a party anthem. The title song is soulful and the perfect fit for a romantic film.
5) In the Right Direction: Shashank Khaitan who has directed Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt for the Dulhaniya franchise (Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya & Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya), deserves a pat on the back for stepping out of his comfort zone and attempting the rebelling of a classic with rank newcomers! He also knows his audience well, and has adapted the story for the multiplex audience.
This review originally appeared on www.talkietive.in