I recently came across a captivating movie on Netflix that I couldn’t help but share with you all. “Dhak Dhak,” starring Dia Mirza, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Sanjana Sanghi, revolves around a group of strong and adventurous women embarking on a thrilling journey from New Delhi to the breathtaking Ladakh (Khardung La) region on motorbikes. What makes this film even more special is that it’s based on a true story.
Lasting for a delightful 2 hours and 17 minutes, “Dhak Dhak” managed to exceed my expectations and left me with a constant smile throughout its entirety. Admittedly, I didn’t anticipate much from this movie initially, but the traveler within me compelled me to give it a chance. Sometimes, as women, we harbor that adventurous spirit deep within ourselves, only to find it restrained by various circumstances. This film beautifully captures that essence of sacrificing our inner explorer, exploring the diverse reasons that often lead us to make such choices.
“Dhak Dhak” resonated with me on a profound level, weaving a narrative that not only entertained but also delved into the intricacies of a woman’s life. If you’re in search of a heartwarming and empowering cinematic experience, this is undoubtedly a movie worth watching.
Plot Summary: The film opens with a glimpse into the lives of its protagonists, each grappling with societal expectations and personal challenges. Sky (Fatima Sana Shaikh), a motorcycle reviewer and influencer, seeks to break free from a scandalous social media image and carve her unique identity in a male-dominated space. The upcoming highlight on her agenda involves featuring the Barcelona Auto Expo on her channel. However, for this she needs to establish credibility first to secure this opportunity. Manpreet Kaur aka Mahi (Ratna Pathak Shah), a grandma with a zest for life. She wants to look cool infront of her kids. Uzma (Dia Mirza), an unappreciated homemaker wants to collect money for her daughter and Manjari, a Mathura girl facing an arranged marriage, I love the way she uses local language words like “malook”. Each character brings a distinctive flavor to the tale.
The initial narrative unfolds with occasional sputters, shedding light on biases against female drivers and the lack of safety for women. However, the story gains momentum as the characters hit the road, navigating picturesque landscapes, dramatic terrains, landslides, and flooding. Life lessons are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the story, delivered through memorable dialogues. A poignant moment with a truck driver encourages Manjari to approach problems objectively, emphasizing the essence of humanity in finding solutions for others. This resonates with the central theme that life, much like a journey, is unpredictable, filled with unexpected twists and turns. Won’t lie I am willing to kill the suspense and write whole store here. Wait a minute! It wrong darling 😉
Through numerous highs and lows, these four incredible women successfully navigate their way to the destination. The movie, on the whole, is a captivating experience where each character plays their part with authenticity, allowing the audience to genuinely connect with them. “Dhak Dhak” is filled with heartwarming moments that add to its beauty. Personally, I adore this film. While it might not be the type you’d revisit often, it’s undeniably a must-watch at least once.
ZZM Rating: ♥♥ 3.8/5 ♥♥