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Dhanak

Out Of Theatre
17 Jun, 2016 1 hr 57 mins U
Swastik Ram Chavan, Krrish Chhabria, Vibha Chhibber, Hetal Gada, Rajiv Lakshman, Vipin Sharma, Fllora Saini, Suresh Menon, Vijay Maurya, Chet Dixon
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Even though Dhanak stays mysterious till its last scene, it gets too repetitive to hold your interest.

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Story: Pari has only one wish from life. She wants her brother Chotu to get back his eyesight before his ninth birthday. After her 'evil' aunt refuses to pay for the kid's operation, she embarks on a journey to Jaisalmer because she believes that her favourite superstar Shah Rukh Khan (who is shooting there for a film) is the only one who can help Chotu.

Review: We all need a li'l bit of sparkle and rainbow in our lives. Director Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak reminds us of the small joys of life and teaches us a lesson in dealing with our sorrows. Who better to learn this from, than kids? Nagesh's keen understanding of human emotions comes handy as he makes the young Pari his protagonist. Her world revolves around two things - her baby brother and her love for Shah Rukh Khan.

Every day after her aunt hurls bitter remarks at them, the duo leaves home for school, weaving a fictitious story around their favourite actors - hers is SRK, his is Salman Khan. Nagesh plays on the rivalry between SRK and Salman's fans with subtlety. Their cute banter about who is better of the two is endearing. There is this particularly funny scene in which the kids meet a truck driver who too likes Shah Rukh. As he and Pari strike up a conversation about the many shades of the charismatic actor, Chotu stays loyal by shutting his eyes, closing his ears and rambling - 'Mujhe maaf kar dena Salman bhai...'

Such scenes are abundant but this is one of those rare times when Nagesh's writing runs out of steam. The screenplay is a weak brew that relies solely on the humour of its sharp dialogues and the charm of the child actors. Hetal Gadda and Krrish Chhabria are crackling together and it is their camaraderie that shines when the film doesn't.

Even though Dhanak stays mysterious till its last scene, it gets too repetitive to hold your interest. Its soulful music, heartfelt style of narration and of course, delightful kids can't make this half-baked story soar.
In-depth Analysis
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
  • Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    3.5/5
  • Story
    2.5/5
  • Music
    3.5/5
  • Visual appeal
    3/5
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.3/5 ( 140 users )
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Rajan Shetye
Nageshji is a magician. Marvelous , awesome movie made with good child actors. Touching to your hearts. Director take s bow from me. Enjoyed fully
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Biswajit Tripathy
Two wonderful kids, Hetal Gada as Pari and Krrish Chhabria as Chhotu walks a wonderful journey of life to give us one superb movie called Dhanak.<br/>Pari's only wish from life is to gift the vision to her loving brother Chhotu on his ninth birthday. The kids stay with their Chacha and Chachi and when their wicked Chachi refuse to pay for his surgery, she along with her brother starts a journey to meet Shahrukh Khan (shooting in a nearby place) who they believe will pay for the surgery.<br/>What happens in the journey makes the synopsis of the movie. Pari is a fan of Shahrukh while Chhotu is a fan of Salman. Their cute quarrel about who is a better actor gives some nice moments to the movie. The chemistry between both the kids would make you believe that they are real siblings. A female bandit on the way, an about to be wedded family, a gang wanting to kidnap Pari and sale her off, a truck driver who gives them lift, a foreigner who is walking for world peace are the various characters you meet for a short duration on their journey.<br/>The story line is so real, the kids are so lively, the scenes from picturesque Rajasthan makes it a wonderful show piece. Above everything, it's the kids to watch out for.<br/>Kukunoor came back after a wonderful Laxmi with this movie and with a star in Pari (Hetal Gada). She is the heart and soul of the movie even though Chhotu (Krrish Chhabria) keeps the rhythm going.<br/>And if such a cute movie doesn't have a happy ending, nothing else would.
B
Bablu Bachar
watchable with family.
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