Tadap | Movie Review

Tadap movie review: Ahan Shetty’s mothballed romance is buried under tiresome 80s clichés.

Tadap review: It’s clear from the start that Ahan Shetty, Suniel’s son, has been prepared for the big screen; he has a naked, strong back, a churning motorcycle, and a brooding, intense expression.

Local Mussoorie guy Ishana (Ahan Shetty) is over over heels in love with London-returned gorgeous maiden Ramisa (Tara Sutaria). But the road to true love is littered with tired 80s cliches, bombastic speech, and stereotypical characters, so we get the same old, same old. A lot of questions arise. Given that star-son premieres based on ‘ghisa-pita prem kahanis’ have been consistently flopping since Harman Baweja, why wouldn’t filmmakers think of anything new? Is it because the star-son in question is a very typical newcomer? Is it because the original Telugu ‘RX100’ used the same components and became a blockbuster?

We have no doubt that Ahaan Shetty, Suniel’s kid, has been prepared for the big screen from the start: we see a bare, strong back, a churning motorcycle, a moody, focused gaze, and smoke curling from the lips. Full-fledged money shot. Then we see him make a fist. Check. Then, double-check the soft-focus romance.

But, ugh, the plot. Your disapproving ‘ladki-ka-baap’ (Kumud Mishra). Then there’s Ahan’s understanding father, whom the entire community affectionately refers him as Daddy (Saurabh Shukla). A sympathetic constable is summoned to help the hot-headed laddie who refuses to accept no for an answer. A few ‘fight’ sequences are thrown in to show our ‘hero’ getting battered and bruised while never giving up on his ‘pehla pyaar.’ Even if the inexperienced hero had tried to come across differently, the jaded plot would not have permitted it.

It’s too late by the time the twist — yes, there is a twist — arrives. We’d been buried under the love track, the best friend (Sumit Gulati) tune, and the action track by that point. No, not the lovebirds, but the two fathers, Mishra and Shukla, make the best of this mothballed ‘Tadap.’

Meanwhile, we’re stuck with lines like, ‘jawaani mein FD kara lo, budhaape mein kaam ayegi.’ Or something along those lines.

Ahan Shetty, Tara Sutaria, Saurabh Shukla, Kumud Mishra, and Sumit Gulati star in the film Tadap.

Milan Luthria is the director of the film Tadap.

1 star for the film Tadap

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