– REEMA CHHABDA
Ahan Shetty’s debut movie Tadap is the remake of RX 100 which is a Telugu film starring Ajay Bhupathi. At the box office, the film was a smash hit. In this poisonous romantic drama, Tara Sutaria plays the female lead. The film is directed by none other than Milan Luthria, best known for his work on Dirty Picture.
Ishana (Ahan Shetty), a small-town guy, and Ramisa (Tara Sutaria), who has recently returned from London, fall madly in love. The word “crazy” is utilised here for a reason. Despite the fact that Ishana is unemployed, he can’t take his gaze away from Ramisa. He now wishes to marry her. But, like with any other love story, there’s a snag. However, the unexpected climax this time will leave you wanting more.
Tadap’s story appears to be a standard love story about a poor boy’s romance with a rich girl who has been forcibly married off to another gentleman of her father’s choosing. After the intermission, the story suddenly has a lot to unpack, and it rushes to expose everything that led to the lovers’ breakup. Throughout the film, Ishana’s character graph remains consistent: he’s intense, fierce, and passionately passionate. And in Ahan’s debut film, that’s exactly what he does. It’s clear that he tried hard in his first movie to internalise a complex character like Ishana.
The plot isn’t your typical thriller. If you haven’t seen the Telugu version, Tadap will come as a shock, especially near the end of the second half. There are enough twists and turns in the film to keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the end. Tadap has beautiful songs and a smash hit climax.
Milan Luthria is losing control of his art, as this movie pales in comparison to its Telugu film RX 100. Rajat Arora’s dialogues are a poor cousin of Milap Zaveri’s, in which ‘tukbandi’ takes precedence over feeling or emotion. Overall, the film is well-shot and edited.
The film falls short on the story front, making it feel rushed for its running length. While Tadap starts sluggish before the interval, it takes off in the second half, unravelling dramatic twists and turns as well as some hefty action sequences. As a viewer, all one can say is that some sections of this half should have been incorporated into the first half to make for a more riveting watch.
Mussoorie as a city is romanticised in the cinematography, making it appear magical and beautiful and providing a lovely backdrop to the love story.
Pritam is the true hero of the film, as the album is a smash hit, especially the new small-town love song ‘tumse pyar kiya.’ Pritam’s tunes are easily hummable. The background score by John Stewart Eduri will keep you intrigued throughout the film.
Tadap is a dream debut for Suniel Shetty’s son, Ahan Shetty, who has made it his mission to make the film memorable. His emotional sensitivity is well-represented in the part. Ahan can act, as he has demonstrated in a couple of comedic and romantic sequences. His action moves are good, but his dance moves are ordinary.
Tara’s performance as Ramisa, a London returnee, is exactly what the film needed to raise the fever on the big screen. The chemistry between Ishan and Tara is fantastic, and it lights up the screen. Tara definitely is attractive, but her acting abilities are limited.
Saurabh Shukla’s portrayal of Ahan’s adopted father, whom the entire town of Mussoorie refers to as Daddy, is loving and convincing. He imbues this story with gravitas. Kumud Mishra once again leaves an impactful impression.
Tadap is an excellent vehicle for Ahan Shetty, who steals the show. Tara adds a sizzling presence to the mix, but she is too limited as an actress. The film’s high point is the climax, which features a major twist.