Janhvi-Ishaan starrer Dhadak sails strong after collecting a total of INR 33.67 crores over the weekend. A remake of the Marathi hit-film Sairat, Dhadak sets to life a picturesque theme in the city of Udaipur. While the romantic drama film talks to us about the journey of love at first sight, actress Janhvi Kapoor shares an insightful message as she takes a stand against Bollywood stereotypes.
"Dhadak condemns Bollywood stereotypes. This film is not a typical Bollywood saga that whitewashes the ‘harsh reality’ relevant today. I feel that up until this point, a lot of films in mainstream Bollywood have glorified that divide by creating a sort of conflict that says ‘I can’t Live without the love of my life’. We believe that there is a harsh reality too."
While the flavour of love remains a generic recipe of our film industry, Bollywood’s romantic commitments often make us believe that all things in love must end in happiness. Taking us on the darker side of a romantic fairytale, Dhadak awakens the consciousness within us with a gentle reminder that love is capable of taking away much more than what we put into it. Dhadak starts off with a strange yet familiar love story when Madhukar and Parthavi set their eyes on each other. As their love matures, their troubles intensify as society and family play an important role in the outcome of this tale.
“I feel that mainstream Bollywood films have glorified that divide a little bit. I think, it should be condemned and with ‘Dhadak’, we have surely set out to condemn it.” Added Janhvi Kapoor.
Marking a debut in the Bollywood industry, Janhvi Kapoor dedicates this film as a tribute to her late mother Sridevi who passed away on the 24th of February, 2018 in Dubai. Penning down a special note to her late mother, Janhvi Kapoor wrote:
“I love you mom. This is and always was for you.”
When the screening of the film began in Udaipur, Sridevi was present as a pillar of support to her daughter Janhvi Kapoor and had even expressed her views on the footage. Dhadak released in a total of 2235 screens in India and had the highest opening newcomer movie, grossing INR 8.71 crores on the first day.
Dhadak transforms the tale of a love story with a much needed element of reality, making the audience fall in love with the plot but also waking them up to its unnatural consequences. Believing in the need for change in the genre, Janhvi Kapoor added – “Dhadak is not a Bollywood saga with a typical magnificent ending. It is an ugly truth.”