Having watched Sairat, I didn’t want Dhadak to follow the same trail but rather give Bollywood a strong love story set with a similar backdrop but Dhadak is almost fascinatingly awful enough to recommend. If one wants a true depth analysis though, of how remakes should not be made, this one gives all the answers. But, how can you fail at something which was so well delivered to you? You fail by writing a glittery script which won’t have words but irksome background score forcing you to feel the way script demands. You fail by getting caught in the launch of next-gen stars, incapable of handling such profound roles. You fail by following the norms and not setting trend. What starts to build as a hopeful remake is left to a mere effort, an effort with no end-results and bearing a brand name tag.
Set in Udaipur, Dhadak is a story of adolescent love and how it finds a way amidst the cruel realities of caste and class prevalent in our society. The cinematography uses Udaipur as a backdrop to support the story well, the class difference is shown by Madhu (Ishaan) having a lake side eatery while Parthavi (Janhvi) as a Haweli born lass. How else will you have a plethora of aesthetics, if it hadn’t been for beautiful lakes, the bright lit boats under starry light or the top architectural shots? While this may set the tone of a blooming love between the young ones but Dhadak loses at not parting away with this tone. When your love finds a courage to prosper in a cruel society and when the society comes drubbing down to dismantle it, we should see the sufferance and that is where the colorful tone skips a beat. But here one doesn’t sense the realities which are bought upon them, life’s still good after running away from home, you get a good landlord who offers you wine and words of wisdom along. Dhadak is unforgivably bland. It gives you a peripheral view, a view that would not jolt you while you take exit rather just be a mere gratification of all the wasted effort. A view far away from realities. A Bollywood view.
So what works well? The screen presence of Ishaan and Jahnvi. While this may not go down to the epic Raj-Simran or Aditya- Geet pages, it surely establishes them as stars to watch out for and not write off. Given apathetic script and direction, I feel this was the best which could have been drawn from the actors. If this fits in your reasons to watch a bollywood drama, go ahead. If not, I suggest a Sairat rerun.