Review by Bhavna Singh
I finally got a chance to see Dhadak this weekend, and the end truly left me speechless and feeling uneasy.
As always, I am not going to give the film’s plot away, but it was a well-made film.
Director Shashank Khaitan who also made Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania bring two fresh faces on-screen, Jahnvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar. Dhadak is a Marathi film adaptation from the film Sairat, and while I haven’t seen the original, for the most part, I did enjoy seeing the Hindi version. If I had to compare to Shashank’s last two films though, it wasn’t his best. I have watched the Dulhania series over and over again, but I can’t see myself watch Dhadak over and over again. There was definitely something missing from the film, and I wasn’t too excited about seeing 70% of the film in the trailer.
On a positive note, Shashank stuck with his style of portraying a particular culture on-screen through the dialect, clothing, and music. He brought the characters Madhu and Parthavi to life through their different lifestyles in true Udaipur. Shashank has us travel from Udaipur to Mumbai, Nagpur, and Calcutta and showcases almost the real deal of these beautiful cities in India. For both Jahnvi and Ishaan, they both had an unusual chemistry on-screen that almost anyone would crave to have. Their characters have a dreamy love at first sight story with just the right enough of filminess attached to it.
The film seems so perfect at points, you are left in pure silence at the end and you may even not like the end. I heard some audience members around me say, “I didn’t like the ending.” For myself, I thoroughly enjoy cinema with a tragic ending, and the uneasiness feeling completed the dreamy story of Dhadak.
Check out my favorite track of the film