Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak, by its very design, is a film overflowing with goodness. The story revolves around kids, and the cast exudes a certain sincerity that makes it hard not to root for them. But the whole thing is constructed in such a way so has to milk easy emotions from the predicament of the characters - innocent kids undeterred by their disability dream of something that doesn't seem to be within their means. It makes for an engaging watch, but it's also hard to shake off the feeling that the film is shamelessly manipulating you with its choice of substance. Dhanak benefits largely from its cast, and without those performances it'd have come across as a tad exploitative, but the actors ensure that the film doesn't get the tone wrong.