Dhadak (transl. Heartbeat; Hindi pronunciation: [d̪əʱɽək]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language tragic romance film written and directed by Shashank Khaitan. It was jointly produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta under the Dharma Productions banner with Zee Studios. A remake of the Marathi language film Sairat (2016), the film stars Ishaan Khatter and debutant Janhvi Kapoor, with Ashutosh Rana, Ankit Bisht, Shridhar Watsar, Kshitij Kumar and Aishwarya Narkar in supporting roles.
Johar announced the production of Dhadak in November 2017; it marked the screen debut of Janhvi Kapoor, daughter of Sridevi and Boney Kapoor. Principal photography commenced in December 2017 and was completed in April 2018. The soundtrack was composed by Ajay-Atul with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and background score composed by John Stewart Eduri. The film was distributed internationally by Zee Studios.
Dhadak, which was originally scheduled to release on 6 July 2018, was postponed and had its worldwide theatrical release on 20 July 2018. It received negative reviews from film critics for glossing over the subject of caste-based discrimination, which was present in Sairat, and for being a poor remake of the original, although Khatter’s performance was praised. Dhadak emerged as a commercial success, grossing over ₹109 crore (US$15 million).
Starring: Ishaan Khatter, Janhvi Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Ankit Bisht, Shridhar Watsar, Shridhar Watsar
Ishaan Khatter as Madhukar Bhagla
Janhvi Kapoor as Parthavi Singh
Ashutosh Rana as Ratan Singh, Parthavi’s father
Ankit Bisht as Gokul, Madhukar’s friend
Shridhar Watsar as Purshottam, Madhukar’s friend
Kshitij Kumar as Niranjan
Aishwarya Narkar as Madhukar’s mother
Aditya Kumar as Devi Lal
Kharaj Mukherjee as Sachin Bhowmick (Sachin Dada)
Mustaqeem as Bijnori
Godaan Kumar as Roop
Shalini Kapoor as Parthavi’s mother
Shubhavi Choksey as Promila
Vishwanath Chatterjee as Inspector Shekhwat
Hempushpak Arora as Principal Sir
Jahnavi Dave as Anuradha
Ishika Gagneja as Ambika
Balaji Gauri as Sulekha Goenka
Manish Singh Verma as Arvind Mama