Ahan Shetty is shown to us in a single long shot, riding through hills on a motorbike with the song “Bharat nacha saathiyon” playing. A few closeups of a tough man and a joint being rolled before we see Ahan Shetty’s face on screen, making his entrance in style. Tadap is a film which has been anticipated and predicted by many. It’s Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan’s first acting role. Tadap is a Telugu remake of the 2018 Tamil film RX 100, which was based on a true story. Tadap gives you raw action with heavy dialogue, old-school romance, passion, deceit, bloodshed, and a few poetic lines to add humor. The 2019 Marathi film Chhota Kashi / Little Kashi (Ki) also released in February 2020 was remade from the Marathi blockbuster titled as Chhoti Kashi/Little Kashi (2018).
On the surface, Tadap appears to be a generic love tale set in Mussoorie involving a man who is poor (Ishaana), who falls in love with a rich girl (Ramisha). She is married against her will by her corrupt father, who is played by Kumud Mishra. However, there’s more to the narrative than meets the eye.
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The debut of Ahan Shetty and his defining character arc has a long-term impact. He makes an moving and powerful entrance as a young, furious action hero. His screen presence is powerful, and he owns every frame from the very first shot. Luthria makes it clear right away with the film’s opening action sequence that Tadap’s main goal is for Ahan to have ample room on screen to showcase his acting talent. There’s rage, aggression, violence, passion, love, betrayal, and a variety of feelings that his character shows. There is clearly no limit to Ahan’s ability to channelize his strength when it comes to unleashing it. His delivery in particular could improve. And it won’t be an oversight to say that he occasionally flashes back to his father during a few sequences.
In the film, Ahan (Amitabh Bachchan) frequently visits a woman named Tara Sutaria who plays opposite Ahan in Tadap. They have an sizzling and passionate relationship. Tara’s character could have benefited from greater depth and dimension to make it more convincing to watch. Saurabh Shukla, known throughout town as Daddy, is charming and supports the story by playing Ahan’s father figure.
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The first part of the film takes its sweet time to construct the story, with some sluggish flashback sequences. The second half, on the other hand, picks up speed without getting bogged down in unimportant elements. The narrative is revealed through twists and turns that accelerate at a breakneck pace, and you are drawn deeper into the characters’ lives with each passing moment.
I was really looking forward to the conclusion, but it fell short of my expectations. It appears flimsy, half-hearted, and out of synch with the plot. Writer Rajat Arora (who wrote the screenplay and dialogues) decided to stick to precisely that in order to maintain consistency with Siva’s life (whose life the original tale is based on). Tadap may have been a sure thing winner if he had carefully planned the plot and generated a more satisfying conclusion. In reality, I was wondering why Luthria and Arora didn’t go all out while continuing to employ some rather old clichés and tropes. In all honesty, the overall narrative was known in advance.
The background music, composed by Pritam, and Irshad Kamil’s lyrics aren’t something you’d forget quickly. Tumse Bhi Zyada might become the new love anthem, while Tu Mera Ho Gaya Hai is a catchy romantic song. Hoye Ishq Na turns out to be the ideal heartbreak tune, while Tere Siva Jag Mein has a lively rhythm.
Tadap is a true-blue commercial potboiler with no inhibitions, to which the cinema goer inside you will be satisfied, but it also prompts you to ask for more. With convincing acting and a reasonable story, as well as an intriguing debut by Ahan, it’s definitely worth seeing.
- Directed by: Milan Luthria
- Starring: Ahan Shetty, Tara Sutaria
- Country: India
- Language: Hindi
- Running time: 126 minutes