Dhadak Film Review- Zingat without the zing
Cast – Ishaan Khatter and Jhanvi Kapoor
Director – Shashank Khaitan
Rating – 2.5/5
Set in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Dhadak narrates the tumultuous love story of young college students, Madhukar (Ishaan Khatter) and Parthavi (Jhanvi Kapoor). Being an adaption of the 2016 Marathi film Sairat, the film dwells on caste politics trying to vanquish innocent love.
While Parthavi is the daughter of a powerful and affluent political leader Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana), Madhukar belongs to a middle class family that runs a small restaurant in Udaipur. As the two fall madly in love with each other, they don’t realize the dangers lurking around them. Eloping together in broad daylight, the duo set out on a journey that has unforeseen circumstances.
Although the film aspires to convey the harsh realities of caste hierarchy society, it deviates from the actual issue in many ways. While most of the film focuses on their blossoming love story, there are very few instances centring around the caste divide between them.
In a scene when Madhu’s father smells something fishy going on between the two, he asks him to stay away from Parthvi as she belongs to oochi jaat. Parthavi’s power-hungry father and brother show Madhu his aukat for falling in love with a girl from one of the highest families of Udaipur. These are just a few of the examples shown to focus on the caste system. But almost eighty percent of the film feels like any other love story where the poor guy falls for the rich girl and all hell breaks loose.
The first half of the film is an easy-breezy watch; mostly because of Madhu’s innocent antics to impress Parthavi. Madhu’s sidekicks (friends) do a great job at keeping things entertaining and humourous.
While the Hindi version of Zingat obviously didn’t match up to its Marathi version, its placement in the movie was seamless. And so were the other songs like the title track which stay on with you.
Right from being separated to beginning a new life in Kolkata, their journey lacks the ‘emotional quotient’ it craves for. Despite all their efforts, you can’t feel empathy for the characters.
Towards the second half, the film almost makes the lovers feel stupid for taking the drastic decision of eloping from their homes. Until the end the film deviates from the main issue of honur killing with a majorly disappointing climax.
Ishaan Khatter as the cute and gutsy Madhu is phenomenal. The bundle of talent aces in every single scene flaunting his craft with panache. After a unconventional film like Beyond the clouds, Ishaan has definitely proven his versatility with Dhadak.
Clearly inheriting her mother’s genes, Jhanvi Kapoor looks gorgeous on screen. However, the acting gene is yet to manifest. While her effort is laudable, she definitely has a long way to go, to even match up to Ishaan’s acting prowess.
Ashutosh Rana as the influential and dominant male figure is almost wasted. While he is notoriously menacing in his role, there could have been more to his character.
Ankit Bisht and Shridhar Watsar give memorable performances as Madhu’s two friends.
Supriya Says: Whether you have or haven’t seen Sairat, chances are that you’ll be slightly let down with the story. You aren’t missing much if you skip this one.
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