Star Cast: Hetal Gada, Krrish Chhabria, Vipin Sharma, Gulfam Khan, Rajiv Lakshman, Vibha Chibber, Vijay Maurya, Rishi Deshpande, Suresh Menon, Flora Saini and Chet Dixon.
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola
Claps For: Nagesh Kukunoor, Performances, Story line, Dialogues and Songs
Slaps For: Nothing
What’s New: Shah Rukh Khan vs Salman Khan fights can be adorable too!
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
Plot: Pari and her blind brother Chotu live in a small village in Rajasthan with their paternal uncle and aunt. While Chotu is a true-blue filmy and loves his Salman “bhai”, Pari is a hardcore Shah Rukh Khan fan. Despite their constant arguments, what doesn’t change is their love for each other.
One day, Pari finds out that SRK is shooting 300 kms away in Jaisalmer and makes up her mind to meet him and urge him to help get Chotu his eyesight back- even if that means leaving their house and travelling the roads of Rajasthan.
What follows next are the people they meet from different walks of life, and the obstacles they face- all for the sake of getting Chotu to see the ‘Dhanak’ once again!
Performances: ‘Dhanak’ belongs to the two wonderful kids who are the jaan of this movie- Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria.
Hetal plays the sacrificing sister who loves her brother, and doesn’t trust people easily; on the other hand Krrish plays the filmy boy who might have lost his eyesight but not his zest to live, fight like Salman Khan and make new friends on his way to meet SRK.
It is their endearing chemistry that makes this film a treat to watch. Yes, you don’t need superstars to make a film watchable, even if they are mentioned every now and then! And unlike a ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ or ‘Rocky Handsome’, this one doesn’t rely on the cuteness factor of the kids, but relies on their acting prowess!
Vipin Sharma is, as usual, a complete delight to watch. You just cannot miss out on his warm and wonderful chemistry with the kids, especially in the scene where the three eat choorma after coming back from a movie.
Gulfam Khan does a good job without going overboard as the woman filled with hatred for the two kids.
Rajiv Lakshman is wonderful and will bring a smile on your faces every time he is on-screen. Vijay Maurya is good too, but special mentions for the little kid who plays his son Shamsher.
Chet Dixon’s lightens up the movie by his chemistry with the kids while singing Dama Dum Mast Kalandar.
Suresh Menon is an actor who is usually given similar kind of roles. But in ‘Dhanak’, he shines even in his small role as the mute Badrinath who loves fixing vehicles, develops a soft corner for Chotu and keeps walking with the steering wheel in his hand.
Vibha Chibber manages to invoke a few laughs even while acting serious as the Sheera devi!
Direction: So many people, so many stories and so much to show in mere two hours. Yet Nagesh Kukunoor keeps it simple, realistic; and tells his story with perfection, along with the true colors of Rajasthan.
‘Dhanak’ is yet another Kukunoor movie that will make you believe in miracles and goodness in the world. He lets the kids be themselves- innocent, fun-loving and always up for some new mischief. And it’s not just the scenes between Krrish and Hetal that will mesmerize you; it is their unique bonding with each and every character in the movie that makes this one a delightful watch!
One of the greatest challenges is to show your lead characters fighting for their respective superstars. And Nagesh makes sure that the fans of neither of the two actors feel bad, but instead take it as a sport with a smile on their faces.
The songs make this journey enjoyable.
Combo-On-Offer:Drama + Comedy
Verdict: We give Nagesh Kukunoor’s simple yet wonderful ‘Dhanak’ THUNDEROUS CLAPS for a bringing back a huge smile on our faces with mesmerizing performances, dialogues and story! And also, for showing us that even the SRK vs Salman fights can be adorable.