Shridhar Watsar, who plays Inshaan's vertically challenged friend, is a laugh riot, and Ashutosh Rana as the menacing father and political figure is perfectly intense. Against societal norms, Madhu and Parthavi fall in love, and when her influential family finds out, they tear the lovers apart. Yet, his third outing has a lot of visual similarities to his earlier films. They rent a cramped, one-room house, but they step out looking prim and propah in almost every situation. The lead up to the climax creates palpable tension, and the ending is hard-hitting, leaving you with enough to think about. He presents the naïve romance with sensitivity, even while fusing the story with ample dramatic highs. Parthavi Janhvi is the daughter of a local politician Ratan Singh Ashutosh Rana , while Madhukar Ishaan is the son of a restaurant owner who comes from lower economic strata.
Ajay-Atul pulls the right strings for this one, two tracks from Sairat have been reinvented, one of which is the huge hit Zingaat. With all its strengths and weaknesses, Dhadak attempts to highlight some shocking truths about our society and for that it makes a worthy watch. The background score of the film John Stewart Eduri is designed interestingly and it blends in with the setting of this story. Owing to the source material, Dhadak is without doubt, his darkest film. It's her first film, so she's still rough at the edges, but it's a good start. That this film presents the new faces of Ishaan one film old and Janhvi who marks her debut in Bollywood works in the favour of its narrative. While the editing is crisp in the first half, the pace slackens a bit in the latter parts.
The music of the film is a definite highlight. Perhaps more attention to detail and delving a little deeper into the subject, would have given the film an edge. Set in Udaipur, the story begins with young love blossoming in the midst of politics and a dominant class system. Oddly, for the subject at hand, the film looks a little too polished and slick. Dhadak Review: The strength of Dhadak lies in its brimming freshness and innocence. Even while the lead pair is struggling to make both ends meet, their fashion quotient always remains high. Janhvi looks radiant and beautiful, and her innocence catches the eye.
The spirited young couple still find a way to elope. The film moves from Udaipur to Mumbai to Kolkata, which is a departure from the original. . For a film that stems from harsh reality, this glossed over aspect makes it unbelievable. He is pitch perfect in dramatic scenes and his puppy eyes keep the innocence of this love story alive. The film also has some stunning cinematography by Vishnu Rao, who makes a pretty picture out of the landscapes of Udaipur. It's an engaging journey, but the treatment isn't consistent throughout.
Well, she does come across a little too raw in comparison to her co-star, especially in dramatic scenes that demand a powerful performance. . . . . . .
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