Janhvi and Ishaan's Dhadak just finished a major chunk of shooting Image: Twitter
Just yesterday, Karan Johar released the second season of the hit reality show, 'Nepotism', this time starring Shahid Kapoor's half-brother Ishaan Khattar and Sridevi's firstborn Janhvi Kapoor. As these two young adults step into the limelight with their debut film, Dhadak, an official adaptation of the 2016 National award-winning Marathi film, Sairat, we cannot help but wonder if KJo will get to wave his magic wand over it as Mr Producer. And just then, director Shashank Khaitan says, 'affirmative'.
“We are adapting Sairat into the world that we want to. The focus entirely was to present them (Janhvi and Ishaan) as the characters of the film," said Shashank in an interview to PTI. So if you suddenly see the upper-caste girl, Archana, and the fisherman’s son, Prashant, of Sairat break into a Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham-esque family dance number, do not be surprised. It is KJo's world after all.
Shahshank, however, assures us that the basic premise of the film will remain the same. “The basic premise is of differences in caste, honour killing and what it means to survive in that world and I feel that is the conflict that is alive all across India, you will hear stories like that. So in that sense, the basic premise is the same," he says, adding, "But there are variations. My story is based in another set-up… It is (set) in Rajasthan." Honestly, we don't really mind if it is set in Maharashtra or Rajasthan, as long as it has the heartland at heart, and not where KJo's heart lies, that is, New York's Central Park.
Dhadak is expected to go on floors in December this year and is headed for a July 6, 2018, release. Until then, we are going to go back and re-watch Sairat, before the imitation conquers our collective consciousness.