The buzz around Shashank Khaitan’s ‘Dhadak’ is only getting stronger as the release date gets closer. Khaitan is launching Sridevi and Boney Kapoor’s older daughter Janhvi, and it will be Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter’s first Bollywood film as well. As they both come from families with top-notch actors, there is undoubtedly much pressure on the duo to give more than their best, but Khaitan believes otherwise.

As according to Mirror, Khaitan said, “I don’t believe in these expectations. No one will forgive them or praise them just because they come for a certain family. If the audience accepts them as their characters, only then will they receive love. That’s how I’ve trained them, but I don’t want them to be under undue pressure. An integral part of the prep was that right from my first recce that began in Udaipur, both Janhvi and Ishaan accompanied me, they were part of the second recce too. It was the three of us exploring and trying to understand the city. That’s the advantage of working with newcomers — they have so much time to give you and are ready to grasp everything you want them to. We prepped for six months before we took the film on the floors. One part of it was getting them to live in the city so they know what people there look like and how they talk. That helped them get into their respective characters. Chemistry is just a by-product of them knowing their job.”

‘Dhadak’ is slated to release on 20th July.