Children’s films in Bollywood are strictly for young ones. Appealing to adults isn’t a priority. But Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak goes against the grain; it’s a drama that is endearing to children and their parents/guardians alike. Plus, the children don’t speak in a gratingly saccharine manner (insert a small thank you to Kukunoor).
Young actors Gada and Chhabria do an outstanding job of playing the spirited siblings. While the first half is entertaining and feel-good, the second meanders and would have benefited from crisper editing.
But don’t give up on Dhanak. Stay with Pari and Chhotu, There’s definitely a dhanak (rainbow) at the end of it all.
We all need a li'l bit of sparkle and rainbow in our lives. Director Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak reminds us of the small joys of life and teaches us a lesson in dealing with our sorrows. Who better to learn this from, than kids? Nagesh's keen understanding of human emotions comes handy as he makes the young Pari his protagonist.
Even though Dhanak stays mysterious till its last scene, it gets too repetitive to hold your interest. Its soulful music, heartfelt style of narration and of course, delightful kids can't make this half-baked story soar.