Dhadak Trailer

Actors Ishaan Khatter (left) and Janhvi Kapoor at the trailer launch of upcoming film "Dhadak" in Mumbai, on June 11. The film releases on July 20. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—The trailer of Karan Johar and Zee Studios’ “Dhadak” was released Jun. 11. As we all know, the film is the Hindi remake of Nagraj Popatrao Munjale’s Marathi National award-winning film of 2016, “Sairat.”

As Johar told the media, “The star kids should grow beyond their name and make their own identity. I think that is our responsibility and their responsibility. These days, people focus more on names rather than the talent, but they tend to forget that one puts a lot of hard work, heart, dedication, discipline and mental preparation to face the camera, the audience, and the media. It is not easy, really. It is difficult.”

Johar told the media that in order to depict an innocent love story on-screen, he needed “first-timers.” The filmmaker also revealed how he had heard a lot about Janhvi Kapoor from designer Manish Malhotra and decided to meet her. “When I met her personally, I saw her potential to be on-screen and saw that spark and excitement. I was judging a show with Shahid (Kapoor) when Ishaan happened to meet him on the set. I just saw Ishaan and got a glimpse of a certain body language, expression, and personality. So, I instinctively decided on him.”

Johar termed the “flag-bearer of nepotism” by Kangana Ranaut, has introduced Varun Dhawan (director David Dhawan’s son), Alia Bhatt (daughter of Mahesh Bhatt) and is now introducing Ananya Panday (Chunky Pandey’s daughter). While Kapoor is Sridevi’s and Boney Kapoor’s daughter, Ishaan is born to actors Rajesh Khattar and Neelima Azim and thus Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother.

Here are the five reasons why “Dhadak” looks much more appealing than “Sairat,” which despite its success was decidedly an overrated film.

• Newcomer Ishaan Khattar (though he technically appeared in the Iranian film “Beyond The Clouds” first) has the required innocence and acting expertise.

• Debutante Jhanvi Kapoor is a highlight and top star material in course of time. We see a nice blend of Sridevi, Kapoor’s mother, and Kajol, easily the most spontaneous artistes from the 1980s and 1990s times. Watch the scene where the hero says, “Mujhe pappi chahiye (I want a kiss)” and she responds, “Puppy yaane ek chhota kutta (You mean a baby dog)?”

• Director Shashank Khaitan is the film’s biggest asset. The entertainment specialist takes over from the dark Manjule in the original, and we can expect something more wholesome than “Sairat” from him. As Khaitan (who has directed two hits so far, “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” after “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”) said, “The basic premise (of “Dhadak” vis-à-vis “Sairat”) is the same. But there are variations. My story is based in another setup. It is set in Rajasthan. It comes with its own challenges, conflicts, and style of a love story.”

• The original Marathi film was also known for its hit music by Ajay-Atul. This is the duo’s third film for Johar after “Agneepath” and “Brothers.” Their song “Zingaat” (the cult hit) has actually been transplanted into a Hindi-meets-Rajasthani milieu.

• Films with new pairs have always worked big time, all the way from the 1970s to today, the latest example being “Heropanti” starring Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon in 2014.

Watch the trailer here.

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