To summarise, while Tadap brazenly plays to the gallery with action, music, and well-shot images, it would have benefited the film much if the narrative had given the actors more opportunity to deliver a more memorable love storey.
Tadap Movie Review: Ahan Shetty creates a strong first impression, but the plot leaves you wanting more.
Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5
Ishana (Ahan Shetty), a Mussoorie guy, falls in love with Ramisa, a local politician’s London-educated daughter (Tara Sutaria). While it may appear to be a rich-girl-poor-boy love tale at first, there’s more to it as the film progresses.
For any director, launching a rookie is a difficult undertaking. While attempting to depict them in the best possible light, it’s also critical that the actor in question be given the opportunity to showcase his or her talents. The objective of Milan Luthria’s Tadap is clear from the beginning: to showcase newbie Ahan Shetty’s ability as an angry action hero who is motivated by his devotion for his ladylove, Tara Sutaria. The film is a remake of the Telugu film RX 100, which was released in 2018 and was based on a true storey.
Tadap’s storey looks to be a classic love storey of a poor boy’s relationship with a rich girl, who appears to have been forcedly married off to another mister of her father’s choosing till the interval. After the interval, the storey 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 debut picture to internalise a complex character like Ishana. While his line delivery may be improved, Ahan has a strong screen presence and shows promise in his first film.
However, in an attempt to portray him as a true-blue action-romance hero, screenwriter Rajat Aroraa (screenplay and dialogues) and director Milan Luthria have padded the film with hefty dialogues that are almost poetic and stuck in some sort of time warp, as well as plot points that don’t serve the storey well.
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 storey with gravity. Tara Sutaria, who plays Ishana’s love interest Ramisa, is stunning in every scene, whether she’s being funny, amorous, or emotional. Apart from a storyline twist in the second half, she may have shone brighter if the writing had given more room for it.
The picture falls short on the plot front, making it feel rushed for its running length. While Tadap starts slow before the intermission, it takes off in the second half, unravelling dramatic twists and turns as well as some hefty action sequences. As a spectator, all one can say is that some sections of this half should have been included into the first half to make for a more riveting viewing.
Pritam’s tunes are easily hummable. Mussoorie as a city is romanticised in the cinematography, making it appear magical and beautiful and providing a lovely backdrop to the love storey. Tadap’s unabashed commercial potboiler status isn’t a problem. However, it is impossible to overlook the fact that it is rife with cliches and scenes that make it appear cynical for the period in which it is set.
Furthermore, the heat in this love tale frequently fails to touch your emotions due to the writing’s inability to keep it together.
To summaries, while Tadap brazenly plays to the gallery with action, music, and well-shot images, it would have benefited the film much if the narrative had given the actors more opportunity to deliver a more memorable love story.