On its own two legs, ‘Dhadak’ stands up well in some parts and wobbles in others
CAST Ishaan Khattar, Janhvi Kapoor|
DIRECTOR Shashank Khaitan
A major problem with the film is its idyllic representation of life for an unmarried teenaged couple, outside the comfort zone of kith, kin, language and culture. We do not see the daily struggle to adjust to the dramatic economic downgrade that elopement entails. They do not slum it out and there is none of the abuse that such a lifestyle entails.
‘Dhadak’ is a product of the instinct to manufacture conformity from source material that is essentially non-conformist. It is like taking the artistically moulded pot of a ‘kumhar’ (potter) in Maharashtra and remodelling the design onto a pretty, painted ceramic bowl for a drawing room, or, perhaps, a multiplex theatre in a mall.