Movie Review : Dhanak (2016)

Life is beautiful in every aspect, every moment and every breath. We forget to live and enjoy the life in present due to hectic schedule and aspirations. “Dhanak” is a simple story well told with a strong message embedded deep within.

“Dhanak” tells the story of siblings Chotu(Krissh Chabhra) and Phoolan(Sapna Singh) who embarks on an unknown journey of dreams and aspirations into a world never explored before.

Nagesh Kukunoor has come a long way from his early days of “Hyderabad Blues”, “RockFord”, “3 Deewarein”,”Iqbal” to the recent one “Lakshmi”. Just like “Iqbal”, “Dhanak” is a feel-good cinema that gives a strong message that anything is possible in life if you have a positive attitude. The screenplay, also written by Kukunoor, is superb keeping on your toes with comic scenes between brother and sister that will surely bring down the house. The movie was salvaged due to high publicity given to “Udta Punjab” but I would strongly recommend to watch it. The Art Direction by Haris Umar Khan and Cinematography by Chirantan Das captures the beautiful sand dunes of Rajasthan. The music by Tapas Relia explores the rich musical culture of beautiful state. I loved the English-Hindi fusion of “Damadam Mast Kalandar”.


The young artist Sapna Singh and Krrish Chhabra are just fun to watch. The sparkling chemistry between these actors are applauding and will keep smiling throughout. Rest of cast were supportive in their respective roles.

On the whole, “Dhanak” is the perfect answer to the changing trend of Indian Cinema. Highly recommended. 5/5

  • Ketan Gupta

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