The announcement of Dhadak raised plenty of eyebrows. Money-churner extraordinaire Karan Johar launching Ishaan Khatter (Shahid Kapoor’s brother) and Janhvi Kapoor (Sridevi’s daughter) in a remake of Marathi blockbuster Sairat was fodder for the media for months.
And when the first trailer dropped and Kapoor’s stiff dialogue delivery was proof for the naysayers. Looking at the FabIndia-curated production design and the more ‘palatable version’ of the firmly rooted original, many scoffed at the Bollywood remake. The tipping point was the Hindi adaptation of the chartbuster Zingaat, which begins with Hinglish prelude with the lines padhaaro maaro country.
But to clear all the confusion here, we have #AuntyKaReview having the last word on this weirdly hyped film. According to her, the film is all kinds of beautiful, something you come to expect from a Dharma Production. Kapoor might be a little ‘raw’ at this stage of her career and might go on to become a better actor (say in about 14 or 15 films). Khatter (who made his debut earlier in Beyond The Clouds) has a refreshing energy about him. Trust her to remind all 90s kids the famous tagline Aaya Naya Ujala – chaar boondo wala, that makes a brief appearance in the film.
All in all, Dhadak seems to have confirmed everyone’s expectations from this Bollywood remake of Sairat. It has indeed destroyed the original to bits.