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De Dhakka 2

De Dhakka 2 Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

De Dhakka 2 Movie Review : A decent entertainer if you aren’t looking for logic

Fourteen years ago, Atul Kale and Sudesh Manjrekar gave the Marathi industry an iconic comedy with De Dhakka. Written by Mahesh Manjrekar, the film revolved around the Jadhav family’s efforts to get Sayali, the youngest kid, to a prestigious dance competition.

In De Dhakka 2, directed by Sudesh and Mahesh, the family is reaping benefits of their hard work and determination. Makarand (Makarand Anaspure), whose patented auto spare part has brought him a lot of success, is now set to be felicitated at a business event in London by the prime minister of the United Kingdom. But he doesn’t want to go there alone. So, the entire family charters a flight, no less. Of course, things aren’t going to be smooth and silky, and the family hits a big obstacle when a fraud businessman gets Dhanaji (Siddharth Jadhav) to confess something that threatens the very integrity of Makarand’s work. How does the family deal with this?

In the era of dark comedies, thrillers and dramas, De Dhakka 2 is a jarring exception as it banks entirely on slapstick comedy, a genre that is way past its golden years. It won’t be wrong to call this a risk on the makers’ part. However, it is a risk that may just pay off, because De Dhakka 2 is a fun ride. The story can be summed up in a line – an Indian family lands in a foreign country, gets defrauded and swears revenge on the fraudster. No prizes for guessing how the plot unfolds.

What makes this film stand out are the performances and the comic timing of every actor. Makarand Anaspure is in familiar territory here. His unique style of delivering punches generates laughs, but he’s equally effective in the few emotional scenes that this film has. Siddharth Jadhav is in top form, delivering a crackling performance with the same ease as his character Dhanaji, a kleptomaniac, steals watches, rings and keys. Medha Manjrekar, Sanjay Khapre and Saksham Kulkarni don’t have a lot to do, but are sincere in their performances. Gauri Ingawale is graceful in her dance moves. While Shivaji Satam is largely relegated to the butt of all drunkard jokes, he has his moment in the sun in the latter half with two hilariously choreographed sequences with actress Bharti Achrekar.

Logic is not a strong point of De Dhakka 2, and the film has numerous loose ends. There are ample scenes that make you go ‘Why?’, including the ones with a Boris Johnson lookalike! But again, the makers’ aim is not to make a logical or message-driven film. De Dhakka 2 is purely made for mass entertainment and though it doesn’t make you laugh throughout, it is a decent watch. As cliché as it may sound, this is a total ‘leave-your-brains-at-home’ comedy and you’ll enjoy it if you do just that.

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