Dhadak – Janhvi Kapoor and Ishan Khattar – Trailer Review

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Starring: Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khattar

Written and Directed by: Shashank Khaitan

Produced by: Karan Johar, Zee Studios, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta

Music by: Ajay-Atul

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The New Dhadak trailer is an absolute piece of art and almost a short film by itself. It tells us a story of two young adults and the innocent, mad and deep love between them. Their love however is tested in some cruelest ways possible and they do what they do best when young love is suppressed – they fight back. Deriving strength from their love and a crushing desire to be with each other, they fight impossible looking odds and in the process, their own bond is tested. The trailer, like most trailers these days, gives us a large part of the story, hides the details and of course the climax.

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The story of the movie, taking cues from what has been revealed in the trailer, does not seem like an new one. Afterall, Bollywood has made hundreds of movies on a similar plot – young love – villains – society – cops – running away – fighting back. But where the movie does stand apart is the way it has been made. The scenes in trailer are just flawless and brilliant. The movie has pace and yet has stillness.

The trailer is divided into two distinct segments. The first part introduces the character and and shows how they fall in love. It has stillness, depth, tenderness and naughtiness. It not only makes the characters fall in love with each other, it easily gets the audience to fall in love with the characters, to care for them and their love. By the time the second segment comes where the villains come in, especially the menacing looking Ashutosh Rana and the ruthless cops, the audience is already enough in love with the characters to feel the pain, the despair and the resolve. The second segment is pacy, a rapid collection of scenes of the whole range of human emotions.

The last scene of the trailer is touching, where the two lovers are sitting in a train, seemingly on the run. It lasts for about a second, but encompasses the entire mood of the movie. The love, the tenderness, the despair,  the resolve and the disbelief of how things have turned out.

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And that brings us to the most attractive and important aspect of the trailer – acting. Both leads, Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar are absolutely brilliant. Their brilliance is stamped on every single scene. They own the trailer. They have brilliant chemistry and they display subtle and brilliant acting skills that is rare for new comers, especially debutants.

Janhvi Kapoor looks like a breath of fresh air. She looks lovely, beautiful and tender and yet, strong and bold. She is not one to shy away and let her man take the lead. She challenges him, leads him on, teases him, professes her love first and constantly keeps him on his toes. In the process, she very successfully makes the audience fall in love with her. She displays a full array of emotions with the ease of a seasoned actress. The above stated second-long last scene of the trailer belongs to her. And tell a whole story in a second is not easy feat.

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Ishaan Khattar is an absolute revelation. He is the kind of actor who is so good that you would not even realize that he is acting. He is effortless and marvelous. Here comes at actor who will give the best of the best a run for their money in the years to come. His portrayal of this role is just perfect. Everything he does is perfect and could not have been done better.

When famous Iranian film maker Majid Majidi came to India to make his first Indian film, his search for talent through auditions stopped with Ishaan Khattar – something a seasoned actress like Deepika Padukone could not achieve for she also auditioned for the female lead and was rejected. You can read the story here.

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The talks of good acting brings us to the director. When two young actors give such stellar performances, one has to go looking for the director to attribute proper credit. Shashank Kaitan has two prominent movies to his name: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Both movies were critical and commercial successes. But you don’t need his bio to know that he is brilliant. The trailer of Dhaka is enough. He has got his young leads to act exceptionally well, but that’s not where his brilliance ends. The whole trailer gives us a sense of a brilliantly compiled love story. When the ship sails too well, you know that the captain has to be good.

Talking about the whole ship sailing well, the trailer of Dhadak also shows us glimpses of brilliance in editing, cinematography, costumes and writing. Some of the scenes are brilliant and for the actors to create brilliant scenes, you need a brilliantly written scene first. Some of the locations are magnificent and add beautifully to the rest of the movie’s mood and spirit.

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We do not get a good look at the support cast in the trailer (hopefully in trailer 2), with the exception of Ahutosh Rana. He is seen for a couple of seconds, but that’s all he needs to show what a brilliant actor he is. He looks scary and intimidating in those couple of seconds and sets the stage for a worthy battle.

The music in Dhadak trailer is just awesome. The soundtrack is great and the songs we get to hear in bits and pieces bring promise of beautiful song releases in future. Music is by the duo of Ajay-Atul.

If you have not already, take a look at the trailer now:

The trailer has promise and a promise we fully hope the makers to keep. Dhadak releases on 20th July and fans are holding their breath waiting for it.

Stay tuned for more on Dhadak and a lot more from the world of entertainment.

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