Dhadak: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen

The film that stars newbies Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, touches upon caste politics and honour killings. Our teen reviewer gives an honest verdict on the movie.

By Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi

Dhadak: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen
Image courtesy: Dhadak Facebook page

My young and naïve mind cannot fully comprehend the concept of honour killing and how a person's caste can often define his identity. Dhadak has introduced me to the horrors of this world — the politics of caste and the rich-poor divide. As a sheltered teenager, who still doesn’t know what happens in the real world, this movie showed me the struggles we might go through when we pursue love without parental approval.

Shot in the breathtaking locales of Udaipur in Rajasthan, it is a story of love set in the backdrop of caste divisions. Although Dhadak wasn’t amazing, it is okay to watch if you have some time to kill. It’s more of a ‘watch it on television at home on a Sunday’ movie, rather than a ‘spend money and watch it on a big screen’ kind of movie. It is certainly not a must-see.

Dhadak is a very Bollywood-ish teenage romance about a rich, upper class girl Parthavi (Jahnvi Kapoor, daughter of late superstar Sridevi), running away with a poor, lower caste boy Madhukar (Ishaan Khatter) and how they need to build their life step-by-step to survive. From selling earrings to buy lunch, to buying their own home, the journey of their life and their struggles, is what the film is about. 

Ishaan Khatter is cute and charismatic, and seems to know his way around the acting game. Janhvi is not bad either, but her acting could use some spice in the tame scenes where nothing particularly interesting is happening. However, in some segments, her performance is worth mentioning. We have to give her credit for nailing the scene where Madhukar is arrested by the police and also in the climax. I also found Ashutosh Rana, who plays Parthavi’s dad, menacing. He is a great actor and made my blood boil.

I really liked the songs — Zingaat is youthful and energetic, and has good choreography. Vaara Re is also a beautiful song, which made me feel warm inside. Apart from the songs, the background score is also brilliant. 

The movie is predictable in some parts. While some of the romantic scenes are cliched, the climax is on expected lines. Although Janhvi got it right in the final scene, it didn’t have a profound impact on me. Sure, I was shaken when I saw it, but I didn’t think about it too much after I left the theatre. I think the Marathi original, Sairat, was a lot more dramatic, but the remake isn’t bad either, though it could have been better. 

5 Takeaways from the film:  

  1. Know your family’s beliefs and only then, decide whether you want to rebel against them.
  2. Love feels nice. But the practicality might not. Don’t run away or rebel before you figure everything out.
  3. In order to be happy in life, we’ll need to struggle for a bit.
  4. If you get roses, you may also get thorns.   
  5. Life might not always give you a happy ending. But we should learn to deal with that. 

After a hurricane, comes a rainbow, 
Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road. (Taken from Firework by Katy Perry)

Also read: Sanju: Exclusive Movie Review by a Teen 

The author is a writer/blogger who blogs at www.vanshikadevuni.blogspot.com

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