It’s never too late to review a good movie like Dhanak!
The best companion while you commute is either music or movies. It transports you into a different world as you switch time zones and move places. On my trip to Singapore, it was the little visual set attached to the seats. As I was fighting the “going back home blues” after a great vacation, I decided to hook onto the set of movies. After browsing through the entire list, it was Dhanak I zeroed on.
Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, Dhanak was released in June 2016 and has registered itself for various prestigious awards globally. But what made this low budget film such a hit? Why was it talk of the town? Well. It was not only the story line but the entire cast that did complete justice to the Bollywood drama.
The film unfolds with Pari (Hetal Gadda) and her brother Chotu (Krrish Chhabria) walking down to the school every day. Chotu is visually impaired, and hence Pari takes care of him throughout. Every morning they toss a coin, and whoever wins has to narrate the story of their favourite actor. Oh! Did I forget to mention the actor part? Well, Chotu is a die heart fan of Salman Khan while Pari loves and is committed to Shahrukh.
Chotu lost his eyesight due to a couple of unfortunate incidents when he was four. Pari promises her little brother that she would help him get back his vision before he turned Nine. In lieu to keep her promise, Pari writes letters to Shahrukh Khan. She has hope that her superhero would definitely help Chotu see again. As the movie progresses, we understand that Pari has very little support from her guardians. Due to this, she absconds with her brother and transcends on a journey to meet Shahrukh.
Amidst deserts, kidnappers and strange characters these two go through some heart-wrenching experiences. The Rajasthani folk songs and Chotu’s dialogues are a breath of fresh air. Pari’s nervousness and minimal experience of the big bad world are overcome by Chotu’s contagious smile and impromptu answers. My favorite song was “Lal meri path rakhiyo bhla” and dialogue was “Logon pe vishwaas karna seekh Pari.”
It was after the lovely song a few unexpected moments the plot unfolded. Emotional and gripping at the same time the Plot is neat and perfect. Nowhere in the movie the director lost his motive or wavered from the topic.
What happened in the end? Well, for that I would request you to watch the movie. But, I would like to conclude that Dhanak teaches you two things – first: never give up hope and second: trust yourself.
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