Dhanak (2016)

Hindi 1 hrs 44 mins Children
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Total Reviews: 40
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Review Summary: Dhanak is memorable film with brilliant acting from child actors and a unique Rajasthan landscape

Average Critic Rating: (3.20)
Cast: Hetal Gadda , Krrish Chhabria , Vipin Sharma , Vibha Chibber , Vijay Maurya
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Release Date: 17 Jun 2016
Est. Budget: 2.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 3.0 CR

Plot: Pari (Hetal Gadda) has promised her little blind brother Chotu (Krrish Chhabria) that she’ll help get his eyesight back before he turns 10. When she spots her favorite star Shah Rukh Khan on the poster for an eye-donation drive, she is convinced her hero will help her on her mission Read more

Dhanak - Top Reviews

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.
Mohar Basu, Times of India
And depending on which side of logic you are, you will either love it because 'the kids are so cute' or step out for coffee ever so often, come back and discover that the journey has gone nowhere.
Manisha Lakhne, Nowrunning
Shrewd message for a film that’s not perfect, but is all heart
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
Their journey is interspersed with moments of pure joy, as when they join a wedding troupe – occasion for another robust number, another flight to freedom.
It'€™s hard not to be moved by these kids and their heart-warming story
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
This is no award winning material, but it is well worth a watch. It proves that the happily ever after notion may be overused and old, but it still gets the job done.
Rachit Gupta, Film Fare

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Dhanak - All Reviews

Tapas Relia delivers another fine soundtrack for Nagesh Kukunoor
Vipin, Music Aloud
If a film has its heart in the right place, it *will* weave magic on the big screen. And Dhanak exactly does that
Namrata Thakker, REDIFF
Imbued with the beauty of Rajasthan, Dhanak, which literally means ‘rainbow’, boasts of all its vibrant hues and exuberant music.
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
Watch it for rare piece of innocence and niceness in today's world
Box Office Capsule
Dhanak's success lies in its simplicity
Devarsi Ghosh, India Today
The brilliant direction and wonderful narration make it a must watch. Packed with the right amount of emotions, Dhanak doesn’t give you a dull moment
Jyotsna Basotia, The Statesman
The film is worth all its hype
Hindustan Times
Colourful as well as clichéd, the children’s movie is rescued by its knee-high actors
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
UDTA PUNJAB is a Shot of Ecstasy
Vickey Lalwani, Spot Boye
‘Dhanak’ Is an Oasis of Innocence in Bollywood
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
Call it another bit of movie magic, and you won'€™t be far off the mark
Joe Leydon, Variety
A captivating road film, packed with ample life's lessons
Economic Times
One must laud the efforts of young composer Tapas Relia who has definitely compiled an album that is just not befitting the script but will surely be appreciated by the target audience
Rafat, Glam Sham
Nagesh Kukunoor did a fantastic job directing this film. Hetal Gadda and Krrish Chhabria excelled with their performances and kudos to the team for bringing out the best of nature for us through the movie.
The Reporter Times
Magical, Endearing, Charming, Heartwarming And More
Business Standard
Thanks to its use of fusion, Dhanak slowly grows on you. And, who knows, Chotu and Pari may help you in shedding that tough exterior you’ve been burdened with.
Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times
Not Salman or Shah Rukh Khan, but Chotu aka Krrish Chhabria is the real hero of this Nagesh Kukunoor movie
Priya Prakashan, India.Com
Despite these glitches Dhanak, which pins its hopes on Bollywood and its hero, is a lovely film
Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle
The film's one-dimensional storyline desperately seeks conflict but only ends up straying from uncertainties, much like Ram Gopal Varma films evade a steady camera.
Kunal Guha, Pune Mirror
'Dhanak' looks like a much simpler and subtler story of a fan who has utmost faith in the superstar
Sushmita Sen, International Business Times
A delightfully performed feel good road flick
Vishal Verma, Glam Sham
Nagesh Kukunoor’s latest film is a heart-warming story of two orphaned siblings on a delightful and adventurous journey
A lot of credit for making this film so endearing goes to the child actors' performances.
Good children’s films, or those with children at the centre, are often as unknowingly profound for adults as they are obviously engaging for kids. Here one stayed invested and smiled along only because of the adorable actors, with Bollywood references adding to the cute appeal. But it needed a lot else.
Nagesh Kukunoor’s heart warming film is a must watch for everyone, including Salman and Shah Rukh Khan!
Moumita Bhattacharjee, Bollywood Life
भाई-बहन की मासूम-सी कहानी है 'धनक'
Endearing and soulful watch
ASIRA TARANNUM, Deccan Chronicle
Overall, “Dhanak” is an enthralling film that makes you smile.
Five reasons that make 'Dhanak' an interesting watch
Times of India
Of the cast, Hetal Gada as Pari is superb, playing the exasperated elder sister to the hilt. Krrish Chhabria as Chotu has the glint of mischief in his eyes, but both he and Gada are let down by a middling film that tries too hard.
Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters India
दिल छू जाती है नागेश कूकनूर की 'धनक'
Aaj Tak
Dhanak is a must-watch for a brilliant act by the little ones in the lead
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Dhanak proves that you don'€™t need to have an A-list star, shoot in foreign locations or spend huge amounts of money to make a good movie
My nitpicking lies with the otherwise dull story and its slack telling