Release Date: 20th May, 2022
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta
Writer/Director: Razneesh Ghai
Writer/s: Chintan Gandhi
Star cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta & Saswata Chatterjee
Director: Razneesh ‘Razy’ Ghai
Producers: Deepak Mukut, Sohail Maklai
Dhaakad Box Office Review: Expectations
The film has been in the making for a long, but to be honest, there’s nothing about it that excited us. It was back in 2019, that this action thriller was announced, but it suffered a halt due to Covid. The film suffered a huge toll as it just got lost in the chaos and no one even remembered that Kangana Ranaut was coming with such a film.
While posters didn’t create much of a buzz, the trailers did grab some attention, especially the second one. Although the trailers gave us a vibe of an edgy with breathtaking action and performances, it looked like a big gamble as the action thriller set in a dark zone has always been a risky genre to play with, in Bollywood.
Dhaakad Box Office Review: Impact
Dhaakad released today and it is in a clash with Kartik Aaryan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. On any day, it would have been BB 2 scoring a win over Kangana Ranaut’s film due to its face value, sequel factor and family appealing content. On the other hand, Kangana’s action thriller has been certified with ‘A’ certificate, putting a big limitation on footfall.
The effect of low buzz, a clash and its ‘A’ certification is clearly seen as there’s hardly any opening for the film throughout the country. In the theatre where I watched this film, there were just 11 people for the 11.35 am’s show, and that says it all. As said above, such type of films are a big gamble in themselves due to their very niche appeal and a good start is always needed to set a momentum at the box office. However, this isn’t clearly happening here. On top of that, the film is very boring and fails to keep hooked despite being made stylishly. It will find it hard to even work in A centres i.e. among the urban audiences.
Speaking about the competition, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has already knocked down this Kangana Ranaut starrer with its impact. Next week’s arrival of Anek and Top Gun: Maverick will snatch away its screens, making it just a one-week affair.
Dhaakad Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Already down with its own limitations, Dhaakad is going to face a nightmare with neither a good opening nor favourable word-of-mouth supporting it. It will be an achievement for the film if it manages to achieve the total that KGF Chapter 2 (Hindi) has earned in its 5th week (10.25 crores) in its lifetime.
It’s unfortunate to say, but the flop streak continues for Kangana Ranaut!
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Dhaakad Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta, Saswata Chatterjee
Director: Razneesh ‘Razy’ Ghai
What’s Good: There are a couple of things which you immediately forget about what’s coming next.
What’s Bad: The action throughout happens without any solidly explained purpose, hence getting monotonous
Loo Break: Luckily, for everyone wanting a break there’s a lullaby ‘Soja Re’ which is performed in multiple versions & that’s your cue to put that air-conditioning to some better use
Watch or Not?: This film is a ‘financial leakage’, it takes in way more than what it’ll serve back
Available On: Theatrical Release
Runtime: 131 minutes (feels like walking on the longest road in the world, in the heatwave, without water)
“Tumhari dikkat yeh hai, ke tum khudko maseeha samajne lagi ho…” says Saswata Chatterjee’s character to Agni (Kangana Ranaut) and that ironically summarises the entire problem with the script in one line. Agni comes with a dark past, she’s seeking revenge & she’s looking for the kingpin of a child traff*cking cartel Rudraveer (Arjun Rampal), who’s been off the radar for a decade.
One monochromatic flashback later we know the story of Rudraveer and his girlfriend Rohini (Divya Dutta) of how they ended up being people who eat ‘evil’ for breakfast. Agni has the task to find them in India and stop them while fighting her own past. Will she be able to do it? Are you sure you still want to ask this question after knowing the cast?
Dhaakad Movie Review: Script Analysis
Razneesh Razy Ghai, Chintan Gandhi & Rinish Ravindra’s story is a classic example of how focusing on a few selective departments of a film is never an option. The only fear while stepping into this one was for it to have “all style no substance” and that’s exactly what has happened. We got the point that action looks good, but that doesn’t mean you’ll keep pushing the same thing down our throat expecting us to say “waaaaah! Kya action hai!”
The protagonist is hunting with revenge linked to her parents, a child traf*icking group connected to this all, and one senior officer helping the protagonist to fulfil the said mission. Is there anything new that you haven’t heard or seen being done in the films before? But, “waaaah, kya action hai!” Credit where it’s due, Tetsuo Nagata’s cinematography indeed gifts us with a few amazingly shot sequences but alas, they don’t build the intrigue.
Dhaakad Movie Review: Star Performance
Kangana Ranaut physically wins the war but mentally loses the battle, because her character is just bland when she’s not fighting on-screen (pun not intended!). We’ve seen the best of her, we’ve seen the worst but this, my friends, is stepping into the ‘dangerous’ category now.
Arjun Rampal & Divya Dutta put their all in for nothing! All of the things they do could’ve won many accolades if it would’ve been done for the right film. Their psycho-jodi very much had the shades of Harley Quinn & Joker but as with everything else, this will all go in vain. Saswata Chatterjee continues to do good things for abandoned children (Jagga Jasoos & now, this), but this time it’s supremely wasted.