I’m excerpting Rajeev Masand and Anupama Chopra’s reviews of Dhadak. I haven’t seen Sairat, the movie on which Dhadak is based on, but I’ll excerpt what Rajeev and Anupama said:
(1) a homogeneised Dharma production of the caste issue (there was an important water scene in Sairat not repeated in Dhadak) (RM)
(2) Jhaanvi’s hair was perfect throughout the second half even when they were living in the slum (AC).
Both RM & AC give 2.5 stars though Ishaan Khatter repeats his performance in Beyond the Clouds.
It’s triggered a thought that we are seeing the Ambanification + KJoification + Modisation of an Indian National culture.
Ambani represents the concentrated capital of India’s oligarchs that make India such a compelling and extreme proposition. KJo of course spins glamorous illusions (some say delusions) that will make India a magnet for South Asia and Modi is Modi; an assertive right wing national identity.
I think it will be the “regional” films (Marathi, Lollywood, Kollywood) that will provide the authentic fodder and link to “real & rural India” that Hindi cinema is having a tenuous relationship with. Also as a pushback is the trend in Hindi films to focus on small town Indian cities like Barfi because after a while it gets a bit tiring to see Manhattan and London repeated ad nauseaum..
Sairat’s excellent trailer here: