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Dhadak Hindi Movie Review, Rating

- 2/5
Dhadak Hindi Movie Review, Rating

What Is Good

  • Ishan Khatter
  • Cinematography
  • Production values

What Is Bad

  • Looks Artificial
  • Jahnvi is stone-faced
  • Editing
  • Screenplay
Bottom Line: Dhadak is a heartbreak debut for Jahnvi, better luck next time!


After impressing with his first two ventures, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, director Shashank Khaitan has opted for the remake of a critically acclaimed, and commercially successful 100 crore grosser Marathi flick, Sairat, with Dhadak. This movie, a launchpad for Ishan Khatter and Jahnvi Kapoor, has released today amidst huge expectations. Has the movie lived up to the hype? Here's team AP herald's exclusive first on net Dhadak Review.

Madhukar(Ishan Khatter) belongs to a low caste family, and Parthavi(Jahnvi Kapoor) belongs to a rich, landlord's family, While Madhukar is a well-known chap of the locality, Parthavi is a studious girl, and situations lead to the couple falling in love after sparks fly. The love couple gets noticed during an event, leading to Parthavi's father (Ashutosh Rana) getting angered and trying to frame Madhukar in a case, only to be helped by Parthavi, and the couple elopes. They confine themselves to a small city, living together with love and understanding despite many hardships, until one day when Parthavi's dad gets to find their whereabouts. What happens next is what Dhadak is all about.

Star Performance

Ishan Khatter is a bundle of energy, and be it emotions or dances, or the romantic episodes, he excels and impresses. On the other hand, debutant Jahnvi Kapoor tries hard to emote but keeps a wooden face for the most part, and when you would expect the girl to express beautifully, all that we get to witness is a deadpan expression from her, and she looks pretty in the songs, and that's it. Ashutosh Rana is menacing and leaves a striking impact. Ankit Bisht and Shridar Watsar are adequate.

Techinical Team

The Music was composed by Ajay - Atul duo and they have done justice to their role. Zingaat, Pehli Baar songs are appealing, while the background score by John Stewart blends well with the mood of the movie. Cinematography by Vishnu Rao captures the rustic locales of Udaipur, differentiating well between the simple lifestyle of Madhukar, and the rich and lavish environment of Parthavi.

Editing by Monisha Baldawa could have been taut, as the first half drags with several pointless episodes. After succeeding with two original scripts, this time around, Shashank Khaitan has decided to adapt the story penned by Nagraj Manjule, and while the original, Sairat, was written in a poignant manner with realistic episodes, and the love sequences being lovable, Dhadak ends half-baked and artificial. Many episodes are farcical too.


However, Dhadak looks plastic and artificial right from the word go, as the romantic track looks more cheesy and cinematic rather than being realistic, and while Ishan Khatter tries hard to save the sinking flick with his energy, Jahnvi's emoting skills dampen many scenes, and the actress has miles to go, to carry forward the legacy of her mother, yesteryear dreamgirl Sridevi.

While the first half looks more of a fashion parade with both the leads from contrasting backgrounds of life flaunting their style quotient in colorful and glossy looks and attires as opposed to the central theme of the movie, the second half, which must have been engaging, showcasing the hardships in the life of the couple which they overcome despite differences, continuing to love each other, is presented in a half-baked manner, leading to the audience not able to connect to the couple emotionally.

Sairat's biggest strength was its close to reality portrayal of the land and its people, and the caste-based violence, and the horrors of honour killing, while Dhadak's way of presenting the same in a filmy manner, makes sure the culmination of the movie does not haunt the viewer, while it was supposed to be, and makes the viewer feel that it has ended after all. All said, despite good technicalities and fine music by Atul Ajay and earnest effort from Ishan Khatter, Dhadak fails to beat the heart.

Cast & Crew

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