Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter starrer Dhadak has hit the screens finally. Directed by Shashank Khaitan and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Dhadak is an adaptation of the Marathi blockbuster Sairat, which had featured newcomers Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in the lead.
The movie is expected to bring in the big bucks at the box office as it is the first time the audience will get to see late Sridevi’s daughter in action on the big screen. However, only time will tell if the Karan Johar movie will be able to repeat the success of Sairat.
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Sairat was set in rural Maharashtra, and takes its young leads to a slummy outpost in Hyderabad. Parshu and Archi learn the hard way that you can run, but not hide, and lead us to one of the most wrenching climaxes in the movies. Dhadak gives us Udaipur and Kolkata and glossed-up grunge, and provides Madhukar and his ‘oonchi-jaat’ love Parthavi some tough times via her snarly father (Rana), which they ride over so easily that the end is not earned enough.
Amar Singh congratulates team Dhadak
"Yesterday I saw #Dhadak. Based on honour killing. Both the actors #JanhviKapoor & #IshaanKhattar has acted in a matured manner as if they are not new comers but veterans in the field of acting. Congratulations to both of them #DhadakReview @karanjohar @SrideviBKapoor," tweeted politician Amar Singh.
Diana Penty wishes team Dhadak
Bollywood actor Diana Penty tweeted, "Hearing so many good things about #IshaanKhatter & #JanhviKapoor for #Dhadak 💖💖 My bestest wishes to @karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan @ZeeStudios_ @KuttySujay @apoorvamehta18 @DharmaMovies and the entire team for this unconventional love story!"
Dhadak makes your heart skip a beat, says Saqib Saleem
Race 3 actor Saqib Saleem watched Dhadak and wrote, "Dhadak first makes your heart beat fast and later, makes it skip a beat! Such a beautiful, heartwrenching film. Ishaan n Jahnvi are naturals and as real as it gets... loved it @ShashankKhaitan & @karanjohar."
Armaan Malik on Dhadak
Singer Armaan Malik tweeted, "Wishing #Ishaan & #Janhvi all the very best with #Dhadak. I exactly know how it feels to make a debut at a young age & with such a dream project. Haven’t seen the movie yet but going by the trailer & songs I’m certain that the industry has got itself two new amazing actors ♥️."
Barring a few patches, Dhadak has neither requisite drama nor authenticity. It underlines all its scenes with blaring background music, to tell us how to feel. It doesn’t work, not as an official copy of Sairat, nor as a standalone Bollywood romance. There is, I’m afraid, no ‘dhak dhak’ in this Dhadak.
Karan Johar is proud of Shashank Khaitan
Thanking the team of Dhadak for all the hard work, Karan Johar tweeted, "Am so proud of @ShashankKhaitan and the kids who have worked with all their heart to create the required #dhadak! This trio is special to all of us at @DharmaMovies ! Thank you for your energy! Your enthusiasm and your amazing spirit! #Janhvi #Ishaan."
Shashank Khaitan on recreating Sairat
In an interaction with indianexpress.com, Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan said, "When I saw Sairat, I was inspired as a filmmaker. I wanted to share that story in my own language. But of course, I have kept to the essence of Sairat. It’s a story that resonated with so many people. Also, I felt, what Sairat communicated — it should be said reiterated and shared constantly.”
A look back at the box office performance of Karan Johar's last five productions
Karan Johar’s box office game has been fairly decent in the past, thanks to Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Kapoor & Sons. Here’s how his last five production ventures have performed at the box office:
1. Badrinath Ki Dulhania
The Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan starrer made a lifetime collection of Rs 116.68 crore at the box office. The movie was written and directed by Shashank Khaitan. It received a warm reception from critics as well. Badrinath Ki Dulhania released on March 10, 2017.
2. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
The film, which starred Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai in pivotal roles, hit the big screen on October 28, 2016. Its total collection stands at Rs 112.48 crore. The film was hailed for its performances and music.
Here's what the audience has to say about Dhadak
How did Ishaan Khatter bag the lead role in Dhadak
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Ishaan Khatter narrated, "I met Karan (Johar) first on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, where my brother (Shahid Kapoor) was his co-judge. Later, he asked me to meet him in his office. He wanted to know me and understand if I was capable of performing. We met again a couple of times before he made his decision. I asked if I could meet Shashank (Khaitan). I really liked his first film (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania). I wanted to learn about his process because he also writes his films. One day, he told me that he intended to remake Sairat in Hindi with me as the lead. At that point, I hadn’t seen Sairat, but then when I saw it, I was consumed by its narrative. It’s been crafted so well and has beautiful performances. It’s a very powerful film and I remember after watching it I couldn’t speak for the longest time."
Celebrities at the screening of Dhadak
B-town celebrities like Shahid Kapoor, Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Malaika Arora and Karisma Kapoor among others watched the Shahshank Khaitan directorial on Wednesday evening.
Dhadak is straight from the heart, says Kartik Aaryan
Kartik Aaryan said, "#Dhadak is straight from the heart. Janhvi and Ishaan are so endearing and so good. @ShashankKhaitan you have done it again... loved it👌❤ @karanjohar @DharmaMovies"
Ashutosh Rana on his character in Dhadak
In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Ashutosh Rana said, "You will enjoy the character a lot. I would say it’s very different from what I had done in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. I can say the character is someone you will take with you once you leave the theatre. Yes, the character is negative but the approach is very different. It’s very relatable to the times we are living in. It’s a Dabangg character."
Now my Bachchas belong to the world, says Shashank Khaitan
"#Dhadak out today ... #Janhvi #Ishaan ... now my Bachchas belong to the world ... love u both ... have had the best time making this film with the two of you... its a film I am really proud of and both of you have made your families proud... @karanjohar love you and thank you ...," Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan posted on Twitter.
Dhadak quick take
Indianexpress.com's Komal says, "Dhadak is nothing close to the intensity of Sairat. However, Dhadak is not bad. Infact, I was quite surprised with the twists towards the end. Shashank Khaitan has surprised me totally, and that too pleasantly. If one compares this film with Sairat, it is quite underwhelming, but it has a North India appeal and the film is made for that. It is not made to show the actual problem. Dhadak is just a 'Bollywoodized' version of Sairat, with beautiful music. It lacks soul. Ishan and Janhvi seem decent. Janhvi reminded me of Sridevi with her beautiful almond eyes. It was nice to see her on-screen."
Angad Bedi on Dhadak
Commenting on Dhadak, Angad Bedi tweeted, "@karanjohar what an eye for emerging talent you have.👏👏✊ everyone @DharmaMovies will feel like a proud parent. @apoorvamehta18 @ShashankKhaitan the man of the heartland.. how well you capture performance and emotion.👌 this is sheer class... Proud moment for @SrideviBKapoor to see his daughter excel in every department in #DHADAK blessings are there from up above🙏. and for @rajeshkhattar @imIshaanKhatter his energy and smile are infectious. #dhadhak."
Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter at the screening of Dhadak
Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter attended the screening of Dhadak on Thursday evening.
Ayesha Shroff wishes team Dhadak
Jackie Shroff's wife Ayesha Shroff tweeted, "Alllllllll the best to Jahnvi, Ishaan and the team of Dhadak!!!❤️❤️❤️ @karanjohar @DharmaMovies @ShashankKhaitan."
Ishaan Khatter has a mobile, expressive face. He is a natural. Janhvi Kapoor, though, has a hard time emoting. On their own, they each have a couple of scenes which they work: together, there is no zing, no 'zingaaat’. There will be a modern contemporary Bollywood romance posting new frontiers on the caste-and-class front. Dhadak is not it.
A beautiful film is out in theatres, says Punit Malhotra
"A beautiful film is out in the the theatres today. Pls do make sure you catch it!!! Here’s wishing #ishaan #jhaanvi and my friend @ShashankKhaitan the best for Dhadak! 😃 @apoorvamehta18 @karanjohar," director Punit Malhotra said via Twitter.
Aalim Hakim on Dhadak
Celebrity hair stylist Aalim Hakim shared on Facebook: "Saw #DHADAK last night and it’s a 💎GEM....Director @shashankkhaitan has made such a brilliant love story and has treated each n every scene with a great screenplay... @janhvikapoot & @Ishaan95 are excellent and fantastic talents.... They have lived each n every emotion so beautifully of their character..What I liked about both of them that they were so original and did not remind me that one is Shahid’s brother or Sridevi’s daughter .... Both are intense performers and understands the commercial graph brilliantly...Industry needs such talent....Director has kept the soul Intact of the original movie and has created more fun n edgy screenplay that adds the repeat value to the film... Music is superb ... Performances by all the characters are top notch .... Audience is gonna love DHADAK to the core...It’s a must watch and gonna be a huge success 👏👏👏👏👌❤️...Welcome Janhvi & Ishaan 🔥"
Dhadak box office collection prediction
In a conversation with indianexpress.com, film trade analyst Girish Johar said, “The movie will earn around Rs 6.5 crores on its opening day. It might be a little too much for a movie with a newcomer in the lead but Dhadak has three-four factors working in its favour. One, it is the Sridevi sympathy factor, second, Janhvi is making a debut with the movie, third, the film is a remake of Sairat which is already a blockbuster and lastly, it is a Dharma Production project.”
Dia Mirza cannot wait to watch Dhadak
Sanju actor Dia Mirza is quite excited about watching Karan Johar's Dhadak as she recently shared a post on Twitter that read, "All my love and good wishes to @ShashankKhaitan #Jahnvi and #Ishaan for #Dhadak! Win hearts! Welcome to the movies, your energy is electric. So sorry I missed tonight’s screening. Can’t wait to watch when I return! @apoorvamehta18 @karanjohar."
Aayush Sharma on Dhadak
Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma, who is all set to make his debut with romantic drama Loveratri, recently took to Twitter to wish luck to Dhadak stars Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter and wrote, "All the best for #Dhadak @karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan. The film looks so promising! I'm sure people are going to fall in love with this beautiful love story. Good luck #Ishaan & #Janhvi. Can't wait to watch the film!"
Dhadak has the soul of Sairat but a heart of its own, says Milap Zaveri
Satyameva Jayate director Milap Zaveri wrote on Twitter: "Even if u have seen #Sairaat do yourself a favor and go see #Dhadak tom. It has the soul of the original but a heart of its own! Still can’t get over the climax. @ShashankKhaitan Jhanvi, Ishaan, @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 you guys deserve all the praise and success! 👏👏👏"
Janhvi Kapoor is outstanding, says Arjun Bijlani
Arjun Bijlani posted on Twitter: "Last night was at the #dhadak screening @ShashankKhaitan ur story telling has so much theraaav. Superbly executed. #JhanviKapoor is outstanding in the film . Ishaan has done a good job as well.u dont wana miss this one guys have to watch it. DONT MISS IT."
Janhvi Kapoor on Sairat
Dhadak is the Hindi adaptation of Marathi hit Sairat. Talking about Sairat, Janhvi Kapoor told indianexpress.com, "It’s a very important, beautiful and an iconic film. While watching the film, I felt very attached to the characters and their love for each other. Especially the movie’s climax, it left such a deep impact on me that I was left speechless."
Anil Kapoor on Dhadak
"Saw #Dhadak last night and all I have to say is #JanhviKapoor & @imIshaanKhatter both are already stars! Their innocence & love will steal your hearts for sure! Loved it! @DharmaMovies @karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan @ZeeStudios_," Anil Kapoor wrote on Twitter.
Ishaan and Jaanvi are incredible, says Varun Dhawan
"#DHADAK is @ShashankKhaitan finest work. Ishaan and Jaanvi are incredible in the film. It’s a film which will touch everyone’s heart and give an important message. Go catch it in the theatre. Shashank I’m so happy to see your growth but happier cause your the same person," Varun Dhawan posted on Twitter.
Janhvi, you left me speechless, says Arjun Kapoor
It’s out today #Dhadak !!! @ShashankKhaitan has made a heart warming & yet gut wrenching love story....he’s handled the 2 Of them so deftly. Ishan u have nailed the simplicity & energy of a young kid who just sees purity in love Janhvi u left me speechless so bloody proud of u...— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) July 20, 2018
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Janhvi Kapoor is so immensely watchable, says Ashutosh Gowariker
"ENJOYED #Dhadak !! #JanhviKapoor is so immensely watchable! She surprised me with her ENDEARING performance! @imIshaanKhatter is a completely ENERGETIC actor! @AjayAtulOnline ‘s title track is on LOOP! CONGRATS @karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan for yet another BO success!," Ashutosh Gowariker said via Twitter.
Janhvi and Ishaan are absolutely brilliant, says Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia tweeted: "Watched #dhadak last night I walked out with so many emotions,to begin with #jhanavi n #Ishaan are absolutely brilliant..they did nt get a single beat wrong,they performed like pros,danced like lightening and looked youthful and gorgeous. I’m blown away.. @karanjohar only u can."
Dhadak is so beautiful, says Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit wrote on Twitter: "#Dhadak is so beautiful yet an intense film! I totally loved it @karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan 💕 #Ishaan & #Janhvi I'm sure you will win over everyone with your wonderful performances. Sending out my best wishes to the entire team for the big release tomorrow!👍"
Sonam Kapoor is moved beyond words
Sonam Kapoor posted on Twitter: "What a stunning debut @janhvikapoor so so proud! Moved beyond words. @ishaankhattar you are magnificent. And this is all thanks to @ShashankKhaitan who has brilliantly captured their innocence, vulnerability and strength! Stunned!!!!!!"