I watched the trailer of Dhadak and I was not at all impressed. Although Ishaan looked like he had potential, Jahanvi has a long way to go. The internet was ripping the movie apart with Sairat Vs Dhadak memes which were hilarious. I had not watched Sairat. It was available on Netflix. Being a three hour movie, I completed it in two days. Here is what I felt about it:
- Lead actors Rinku Rajguru (Archi) and Akash Thosar (Parshya) were outstanding. Rinku has a simple yet expressive face. Parshya’s two friends have also acted brilliantly. Their body language, expressions, the social awkwardness is all so natural. You do not feel like you are watching a movie rather you are watching regular people going about with their life.
- The movie does not romanticize eloping and living in a hut happily ever after! When Parshya and Archi have to live in a slum, Archi is upset. She is disgusted by the place. There are no ‘Akele hain to kya ghum hai, chahe to hamare bus mein kya nahi’ type songs. The moment they start living together, real life problems start. Buying groceries, cooking, quarreling over extra salt, getting jealous of her male colleagues, missing family – It paints a realistic picture. Archi looks like she does not have a lot of money. Her hair, her clothes, her female collaegue with whom she shared that she missed her family are all realistic. Yes, kiddos. Running away and living in a small hut built with love is not such a great idea!
- The music! I have downloaded Jhing jhing Jhingat! It is a riot! The way Parshya and his friends are dancing, and Archi and her friends dancing in the balcony – love it! Yes, they would obviously not be dancing together in her house and the director was mindful enough of that.
- The ending! What can I say. The last time I felt like this was after watching Rita Morgan’s death in Dexter, season 4 finale as Dexter finds baby Harrison in a pool of blood. I wish I had watched this movie in the theater.
Now coming to Dhadak. Yes, I know the movie has not even released. Ishaan and Jahanvi are just kids and I hope they do well in life. I especially feel bad for Jahanvi who has suffered irreparable loss at such a young age.
But after matching Sairat, I feel all the memes are totally justified! As Kangana Ranaut rightly said Karan Johan is undoubtedly the flagbearer of nepotism. With all the grooming, training, genes,there is no comparison between Archi and Jahanvi! Please watch Sairat. Archi and Parshya are not star kids. But they know how to act. The movie has soul. Look at Jahanvi’s hair in the scene when they are running away and compare it to Archi’s hair! It makes me laugh. Did she run away with a hair stylist? You know what, Mr. Johar. It is okay to look middle class. It is okay to look average. It is okay to have wavy hair. That is how we, 90 percent of women in India look. Go take a tour of India. There is a whole world without glamour. It does not take anything away from the essence of the movie (provided the movie has it in the first place).
I know anybody can have merit, star kids too. But there are so many talented people in our country. I wish they got a fair chance instead of people who were lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth. In which other country do we see this – Hero ka beta / beti hero / heroine? The whole khandaan gets a ticket to Bollywood!
Some of the memes were mean, but here is one which is only making fun of the movie, and not people!
Sairat Vs Dhadak!!