The much-awaited Dhadak marks the debut of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor. It also has Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter who made his debut a few months ago in Majid Majidi’s Beyond the Clouds. It is produced by Karan Johar, the fairy godfather of star kids and directed by Shashank Khaitan, who has two super-hits Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya and Badrinath ki Dulnahiya behind him. It is the remake of the Marathi blockbuster Sairat that won huge critical acclaim and commercial success for its raw portrayal of caste divisions and honour killing.
Needless to say, the interest in the movie is immense and the marketing team has already whipped up the frenzy. The film and its cast will have to face comparisons at many levels, so the scrutiny begins right from the trailer.
The trailer devotes much of the screen time to introducing Janhvi and Ishaan. Ishaan looks rough yet charming while Janhvi is elegant and pretty. And yes, she resembles her late mum Sridevi from many angles. Sairat was set in Maharashtra while KJo takes his protagonists to Rajasthan. Cue: Sweeping shots of havelis, lakes and lots of ‘thaare maares, thanne manne’ in the dialogues. The trailer also gives us a glimpse of Janhvi's impeccable makeup and gorgeous wardrobe – leheriya dupattas, mirror work lehengas and the likes. So yes, the Karan Johar stylised touch is definitely there. But the main point here is whether Janhvi and Ishaan share that certain raw energy and chemistry, so essential for a college romance. The good news, at least from the trailer, is that they definitley do!
Watch the trailer here:
The ‘doomed lovers’ plot is nothing new, we have been seeing it since the time of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. But not many films have explored the caste angle and this is where Sairat scored. Of course, Dhadak’s world is far removed from Johar’s previous attempt at young love, the super glam and designer-clad Student of the Year but will it have the intensity of Sairat or will it be a Bollywood-ised world of imperfect love? From the looks of it, definitely Dhadak looks lighter and prettier than Sairat. We will have to wait till July 20 to find how glossy it is or if it throbs with the rough edges and brutality of the orginal.