Karan Johar's Dharma Productions is gearing up for the release of Shashank Khaitan's directorial venture Dhadak, which also marks the Bollywood debut of late Bollywood actress SriDevi's elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor's half-brother Ishaan Khatter. The film is the remake of Marathi blockbuster Sairat but 'there are a few different elements' in the film also, director Shashank Khaitan revealed in an exclusive interview.
Dhadak is slated to release on July 20, 2018
"Our Dhadak is quite similar to Sairat, yet there are a few different elements that the audience will find out once they watch the film," Shashank said.
Talking about what inspired him to remake Sairat, Shashank Khaitan said, "There are many elements in Sairat that inspired me and I wanted to incorporate them in my story."
Revealing his first choice for Dhadak, he said, "Two months before Badrinath Ki Dulhania, I started hanging out with her (Janhvi Kapoor) to understand her process and realised she knows cinema. By the third meeting, we were talking about how a character works in a film. I figured her process is similar to what I had learnt from Naseeruddin Shah sir. I gave her a few scenes of Badrinath Ki Dulhania and when she performed those, I knew she understood what she was doing.”
"When we met him (Ishaan Khatter), we realised he was gifted. He turned out to be a natural fit for Dhadak - age-wise and also for Madhukar's character. He impressed us right from the beginning," he added.
This movie is Shashank's third directorial project. Earlier he saw success with Varan Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
On a related note, recently a special screening of Dhadak was hosted by Janhvi and Ishaan. It was attended by Boney Kapoor, sister Khushi, Sonam, Rhea, Anil and Sunita Kapoor, Sanjay, Maheep, Shanaya, Jahaan, Mohit Marwah and other members of the Kapoor family.
While Dhadak is Janhvi's first project infront of the camera, Ishaan debuted with Majid Majidi's Beyond The Clouds which was released earlier this year.