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Dhadak Movie Review

Release Date: July 20, 2018
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khattar, Ashutosh Rana, Aditya Kumar, Kharaj Mukherjee, Ankit Bisht
Director: Shashank Khaitan
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes

Dhadak has already raised high expectations, as it is based on Marathi movie Sairat, which was a super-duper hit. One can say that Dhadak is the Hindi version of Sairat, which intends to cater to a larger audience base. Dhadak highlights the caste based divisions in the society and how it can impact the lives of people.

The story is about two youngsters Madhukar (Ishaan) and Parthavi (Janhvi), who are deeply, madly in love with each other. However, their future is uncertain since Parthavi comes from a powerful political family whereas Madhukar’s family belongs to lower economic status. Parthavi’s father is Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana), a politician who will never allow her daughter to get married to someone who comes from a lower societal status. When Parthavi’s family comes to know about their love affair, they use all their power to break the relationship. However, love finds a way and the couple manage to run away from their homes. They shift to Mumbai, where they try to start a new life. Will they be successful or meet with the same fate, as was the highlight of the movie Sairat?

The talking point of Dhadak is apparently the two youngsters, who add freshness and innocence to the story. Janhvi is making her debut in Bollywood, whereas Ishaan is doing his second movie. Both actors share a good chemistry, which lends credibility to the story. However, other things play out against the story such as the fact that the couple manage to look and dress their best, even as they are trying to eke out a living. Sairat was a detail oriented movie, but the same is not true in case of Dhadak. The glossy representation may fail to touch the emotional cords of the audience. Nonetheless, the movie scores high in music, background score, cinematography and editing. The climax is hard hitting and it will give you plenty of food for thought.

Watch Dhadak for its blossoming young love as well as to understand the caste-specific realities of our society. It’s an interesting movie, with a fresh story that has never been attempted in Bollywood.

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