“Dhak Dhak,” directed by Tarun Dudeja, features four magnificent women on their roaring machines, embarking on a journey of freedom and empowerment. The film, scripted by Dudeja and Parijat Joshi, brings to life the stories of these women who break free from their comfort zones and societal expectations to pursue their dreams.
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The quartet of biker women includes Sky (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh), a social media influencer seeking a fresh start after a scandal; Mahi (Ratna Pathak Shah), a granny with a dream of riding to Khardung La; Uzma (Dia Mirza), an automobile mechanic defying her husband’s discouragement; and Manjari (Sanjana Sanghi), who decides to step out of her family’s plans for her.
While “this project” is a feel-good film filled with the sound of revving engines as a symbol of defiance, it does have its shortcomings. The pacing is inconsistent, humor sporadic, and some scenes overstay their welcome. However, the film’s strength lies in the exceptional performances of its lead actors.
“Dhak Dhak” focuses on female empowerment, but it does so using somewhat simplistic and cliched methods. The movie raises the question of why women in Hindi films often have to grapple with personal problems and societal pressures before pursuing their aspirations. It would be refreshing to see stories where women follow their hearts without being pushed to the brink.
The film doesn’t vilify men but does show that, in some cases, male partners can contribute to the obstacles women face. “This movie” plays on familiar genre cliches where families inadvertently hinder women’s dreams, making it a story of women pitted against societal norms.
While “Dhak Dhak” does send positive messages and exudes an overall sense of empowerment, it occasionally feels a bit preachy. The film’s attempt to demonstrate the women’s liberation through alcohol consumption is unnecessary and somewhat at odds with the strong characters it portrays.
A curious observation is that many male bonding films in the industry tend to feature trios, while female-centric films, particularly those exploring liberation and friendship, often involve quartets. The reason for this pattern remains a mystery but is certainly worth pondering.
The four lead actors, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Ratna Pathak Shah, Dia Mirza, and Sanjana Sanghi, deliver exceptional performances that add depth to their respective characters. Each actress excels in her role, bringing authenticity to the narrative.
In conclusion, “this movie” tells the story of four remarkable women on motorcycles, seeking freedom and empowerment. While the film has its flaws in terms of pacing and occasional cliches, it is buoyed by the strong performances of its cast. A more nuanced narrative could have elevated the movie to greater heights, making it a truly exhilarating journey.