Karan Deol, the elder son of Sunny Deol is the centre of scrutiny this week as Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas hits the theatres. Delhi girl Sahher Bambba is debuting opposite him. Karan is the third generation of the Deol family to enter the industry and there is pressure on him. Here is what we felt of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas...
What is it about
Karan Sehgal (Karan Deol) who is orphaned at a young age runs an elite adventure camp in Manali. His clients include India's high-profile individuals and the package costs a bomb. Saher Sethi (Sahher Bambba) thinks it is ludicrously overpriced and decides to expose the scam. After five days of high adrenaline adventure in the mountains, they get drawn to each other. But every love story needs a villain. In this case it is Saher Sethi's ex-boyfriend who is the pucca Delhi brat who believes that his 'bandi' is only his. What follows is quite predictable.
What is hot
The first half is gorgeously shot. From the verdant meadows to the ice formations on a canyon, it is a feast for the eyes. Another highlight is the music of the film. All the songs are a refreshing break from the grind of rap and remixes. The story is in sync with modern times and treatment is also fairly contemporary. Coming to the performances, Karan Deol has a cute and vulnerable vibe, which is quite endearing. His performance is somewhat inconsistent but definitely not below average. He has his dad's expressive eyes but has a long way to go in terms of body language and showcasing emotions. Sahher Bambba does well as the sharp-tongued Delhi vlogger and is more consistent than Karan. In the supporting cast Meghna Malik stands out at the power hungry advocate.
What is not..
Saher's trip in Manali is supposed to be a life-changing one but we could have done with some truly meaningful conversations with the two. Their dialogues are rather juvenile at places. Their chemistry as friends is better than what is shown as lovers, which is another drawback. The biggest issue is when Karan Deol tries to get into dad Sunny Deol mode towards the climax. From the loud war cry to angry expression, we see the hangover from Sunny Deol films. It does not work in his favour. Also, the climax is too 90's. It looks a tad silly at places, which does great disservice to the newbies. The first half is bit of a drag but things pick up rapidly post interval.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas is perfect for those craving for somewhat masala love stories with a bit of everything. The newcomers do their best but are let down by a half-baked story.
2.0 out of 5
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