Dhadak is an ambitious remake project by Dharma productions and Zee studios, directed by Shashank Khaitan who previously directed Humpty Sharma ki dulhania and Badrinath ki dulhania. The movie introduces us to the new generation of star kids Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar. While Ishaan has already worked in a movie called ‘Beyond the clouds’ by Majid Majidi which released in 2017, Dhadak can be considered his debut in the mainstream hindi cinema. The movie is a remake of Marathi hit from 2016 called ‘Sairat’ directed by Nagraj Manjule.
Music is by Ajay-Atul, who also gave music in the original Sairat. The film is set in Udaipur and Kolkata. The lead characters Parthavi and Madhukar belong to different caste and class. Parthavi is a rich, upper caste girl from a political background whereas, Madhu belongs to a lower caste and isn’t very well-off. They fall in love, their families oppose their relationship and the much in love couple elopes to live together. A typical Bollywood drama we’ve seen multiple times onscreen before.
The original film Sairat had a similar story line however; the characters were so well written that viewers were invested in the movie the whole time. Dhadak however, lacks all the detailing and grit of the original movie and consequently fails to create the any impact in climax. The movie neither gets the socio-political situation right nor the vulnerability of the lead pair. Ishaan and Janhvi do a reasonable job on screen. But they still remain ineffective in connecting with the audience due to lousy script and dialogues.
The famous catchy ‘Zingat’ song from Sairat was also reinvented and choreographed so awfully that it became a laughingstock as soon as it was released. Overall, Dhadak does not live up to the standard set by its original version Sairat and ends up being just another typical Karan Johar film.