As if the nepotism debate over Karan Johar launching Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar in Dhadak, wasn’t controversial enough, turns out it is indeed a (sort of) remake of award-winning Marathi film, Sairat. Speaking of the similarities and differences between Dhadak and Sairat, Shashank Khaitan said that though the premise of the story is same, there are few variations to it. Which is probably code for we took the gritty, caste-driven love story and turned into Dharma Production-level candyfloss.
Shashank, who has previously directed the bewilderingly successful films Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, told PTI:
The basic premise is of differences in caste, honour killing and what it means to survive in that world and I feel that is the conflict that is alive all across India, you will hear stories like that. So in that sense, the basic premise (of Dhadak and Sairat) is same. But there are variations.
Sounds like he’s out of his depth already. But wait, there’s more. Shashank added that unlike Sairat, Dhadak is set in Rajasthan. The posters of the movie have created quite a buzz – both for its glamour quotient and for copying the original Sairat poster. Well, almost. Talking about the posters, Shashank said they wanted it to remain true to the spirit of the movie. He said:
It wasn’t tough to get the poster look for the film as we were sticking to the story that we have written and the world that we have created. Even the idea of the poster was to remain as honest as possible to the film that we want to make. We are adapting Sairat into the world that we want to. The focus entirely was to present them (Janhvi and Ishaan) as the characters of the film.
So there you do. It’s not a remake. It’s an adaptation. Which means dramatic music, wholesome dancing, superficial fights that touch on no ground realities, and a whole lot of Manish Malhotra.
Twitter, of course, has already decided they do not like the idea of the film:
@karanjohar ‘s #Dhadak without the caste angle of #Sairat and star kids @IshaanKhattar and @janhvikapoorr would be like #GameOfThrones without #Cersie and shouldn’t be called a #remake for encashing on the popularity @SairatMovie pic.twitter.com/ITFyON9zic
— Zahid Mirza (@zahidgmirza) November 16, 2017
#Dhadak must be a ‘Brahmin- Kayasth’ intercaste marriage, where the families are against ‘love’.
Karan Johar is all about the ‘Cast’. Caste, who?
— Mean Fish (@avipshadas) November 16, 2017
So, #Dhadak the super-hyped remake of #Sairat? You’re telling me that a film, so mainstream in its choice of actors & publicity-design, will represent caste conflicts with any amount of sensitivity? Sure, I believe you.
— Anamika (@OnlyAnamika) November 16, 2017
Sairat – Actors chosen from grassroots after auditions to play intercaste couple, From national award winning director of Fandry
Dhadak -Upmarket launchpad for Sridevi’s daughter & Shahid’s brother, talks of toning down caste identity, from the director of Humpty sharma pic.twitter.com/nK2o1G1FzL
— Od (@odshek) November 16, 2017
Dhadak is slated for a release on July 6, 2018.
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