Editor's Rating

Dhanak is a kind of movie that brings a smile on your face, as you watch Pari and Chotu find their way through the desert going through the Rajasthani clichés of undulating dunes, camels, colourful turbans and tribal women all of which has been beautifully captured by the camera flaunting Kukunoor’s expertise in telling a story in its most subtle form. Dhanak is the quest in which the children don’t know where they are heading, but their journey becomes far more important than the destination.

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In a world where we have almost forgotten the word ‘goodness’, ‘Dhanak’  Hindi of rainbow is a reminder that innocence and goodness still exists. Dhanak takes back our attention to Iqbal and Dor by Nagesh Kukunoor. The story focuses on the innocence of the children and their wide-eyed belief in possibilities, their optimism and lack of fears. What binds it all together is the relatable relationship between brother and sister.

 

11 year old Pari, holds dear his younger brother Chotu since he lost his eye sight a couple of years ago. She’s not just his friend and sister but, she’s also his guide. Pari, a major Shah Rukh Khan fan and Chotu a Salman Khan fan even goes down to wearing a replica of the trademark silver bracelet with a blue stone of Salman Khan. Pari gets a certain ray of hope when she reads from a SRK poster that he is the ambassador of an eye donation drive, and is shooting for a film in Jaisalmer. Convinced that a meeting with her idol is all it would take to get Chotu his eyes back, the children set off alone on a 300 km journey to the unknown. Along the way, the two meet a number of people- all essentially good and ready to help the siblings move an inch closer the their destination.

Dhanak is a kind of movie that brings a smile on your face, as you watch Pari and Chotu find their way through the desert going through the Rajasthani clichés of undulating dunes, camels, colourful turbans and tribal women all of which has been beautifully captured by the camera flaunting Kukunoor’s expertise in telling a story in its most subtle form. Dhanak is the quest in which the children don’t know where they are heading, but their journey becomes far more important than the destination.

The lack of any central conflict might make you slightly restless during the last 15 minutes of the 116 minutes movie but Pari ( HetalGada), Chotu (KrrishChhabria) and the director makes sure that you stay back till the very end hoping if there is a cameo of Shah Rukh or Salman.

Dhanak may not be the first pick for your list, but let this heart-warming tale of love and hope soar.

By Aleena Banerjee