Movie Review: Dhanak

Medha Kinger, III Year B. Comm.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cast: Hetal Gadda, Krrish Chhabria

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
Stellaeidoscope Rating: 4/5

Director Nagaesh Kuknoor from the Iqbal fame has brought back his magic with his fable like story ‘Dhanak’ (Rainbow). With a pure screenplay written by him, he has portrayed the story of two siblings – Pari and Chotu. Chotu has lost his eyesight and Pari is not only his elder sister but also his guide and best friend. Both are inseparable except when it comes to their favourite actor. Pari is a die-hard fan of Shahrukh Khan and Chotu worships Salman Khan.

Upon seeing a poster of SRK encouraging eye donations, Pari and Chotu embark on a journey all over Rajasthan to meet SRK. Though unrealistic, this movie makes me you feel everything is possible. It gives you hope about your relationship with your siblings. After watching this movie you will definitely want to hug your sibling. The child actors have portrayed themselves phenomenally well and can give any of the other actors a run for their money. This film is light hearted conveying beautiful messages upon various topics along the way. From child abduction to child abuse, Nagesh Kuknoor has touched it all. Not only this, the banter between the two siblings makes you laugh throughout the movie. This movie has been critically acclaimed and is in true sense doing justice to the work of Mr. Kuknoor seen before. The zest for life and lack of fear in the children is something we definitely have to learn as adults. Rajasthan in an exotic place with rich culture and if you’re a traveller you will definitely love the cinematography and locations.

Dhanak is a simple story with a very strong message. The screenplay is what grips the film. The way the story unfolds with minute details of each character being told is definitely a must-watch that will make you laugh, cry and leave you in awe. Don’t underestimate these kids, for they will give you a run for your money with their work.


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