Review: Dhanak



Genre: Drama
Duration: 116 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 17-JUN-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.5 on 5 (Not to be Missed)

The story revolves around the wonderful relationship between a 10-year old girl Pari and Chotu, her 8-year old brother who live in a picturesque village nestled among the sand dunes. Having lost their parents to an accident at a very early age, they live with their uncle and aunt. Chotu is blind but he is anything but sad. Happy, precocious and a smart ass, he is the life of the village.Pari is his eyes, his guide and his best friend. And Chotu is the center of Pari’s universe. As children sometimes do, not truly understanding the consequences, Pari has promised Chotu that he will be able to see by the time he turns 9 and as always, Chotu believes her unconditionally. On their weekly trip to the neighboring village to see a movie, Pari sees a poster with Sharukh Khan (SRK) appealing to people to donate their eyes. Pari is convinced that her reel life hero can help her.

Overall Review:
Dhanak is an indian film which is made with a pure heart, and a strong belief that we, and our children, must always believe that nothing is impossible. Dhanak (Meaning “Rainbow“) is an upbeat, endearing, and captivating tale, set in the sand dunes of Rajasthan. The film set in the deserts of Rajasthan provides the perfect setting for writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor’s story of faith, family, and the general goodness of mankind. It offers everything: adventure, threats, prophecies, seperation, anxiety, sandstorm etc. Kukunoor best known for his realism, has appropriately chosen the title DHANAK. It has no drama or unnecessary fighting scenes. It concentrates on a story of two children and their journey to a city where they believe they will find a cure. Their innocence, open and beautiful hearts make the audience applaud them throughout the film. Movie ends with a strong message: “If we follow our hearts freely, then we can make our dreams a reality. Circumstances will realign themselves to make it happen.”

Performance & Technical Review:
Krrish Chhabria (Chotu) & Vibha Chhibber (Pari) excels in their performance. Their innocence, open and beautiful hearts make the audience applaud them throughout the film. The adults are all supporting characters. It means that adult ways of thinking are not allowed to penetrate or interfere with the children’s high-spirited attitude. Writer & Director: Nagesh Kukunoor has given the best film of 2016 that is engrossing, entertaining & emotionally captivating. He frames the empty landscapes of Rajasthan capably, emphasizing the narrow roads, the rare tree, and the desert dunes. He gets a lot of mileage out long shots of his characters against the environment and placing them within that context.

PDF Verdict:
Kukunoor’s Rainbow has the power to make anyone believe that anything is possible, and not because of luck or good timing, but will happen only if we are surrounded by kind-hearted people who are willing to help each other unconditionally. This is the right season to witness this bright & beautiful RAINBOW on BIG SCREEN with family. Strongly recommended.

Ratings: 4.5 on 5 (Not to be Missed)
Performance: 5 on 5
Script: 4.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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