Jan­hvi and Ishaan spent two weeks walk­ing around, ab­sorb­ing Udaipur

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van

Karan Jo­har’s Dhadak, which re­leases on Fri­day, July 20, is set in the pic­turesque city of Udaipur, Ra­jasthan. The film’s di­rec­tor, Shashank Khaitan, took his lead pair — Jan­hvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khat­ter — to Udaipur for a recce much be­fore the cam­eras rolled. To pick up the Me­wari lan­guage, Ishaan and Jan­hvi spoke to the lo­cal peo­ple. Talk­ing about it, Shashank says, “It started with me tak­ing them to Udaipur, where we spent two weeks just walk­ing around the streets, get­ting to know the peo­ple, vis­it­ing the mar­kets and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what Udaipur stands for.” “I didn’t want to stress too much about the lan­guage, since it’s es­sen­tially a Hindi film, but I wanted the flavour, so we picked up the words that peo­ple used, etc,” he adds. Shashank, Ishaan and Jan­hvi picked up many of the cos­tumes and ac­ces­sories from Ra­jasthan. The red shirt that Ishaan wears in the song Pehli baar was en­tirely made out of lehen­gas. In fact, to look the part, Ishaan got his ears pierced as well. Shashank says, “We picked up a lot of ac­ces­sories while walk­ing around the lo­cal mar­kets. The names of the char­ac­ters — Mad­hukar and Parthavi — were found in Udaipur. A lot of men there wear ear­rings, and cer­tain ear­rings talk about the caste and class of the per­son. Ishaan got his ears pierced be­cause he felt that clip-ons would look fake.”

PHOTO: HTCS

Jan­hvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khat­ter

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