The Sunny Deol directorial comes across as an old wine in a bottle tale. Karan Deol, Bambba appear too raw but the music could work in the film’s favour
By Mayur Lookhar
So, yet another star kid is making his debut with a love story. Yesteryear superstar Sunny Deol launches his son Karan with the romantic drama Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) that is also Sunny Deol’s third directorial after Dillagi (1999) and Ghayal Once Again (2016). The film also marks the debut of young actress Sahher Bambba. Produced by the Deols and Zee Studios, the trailer of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas was launched today in Mumbai.
Indian cinema largely tells romantic tales. but the most basic genre is no longer the bread and butter of commercial cinema. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas borrows it title from the classic popular Kishore Kumar song from director Vijay Anand’s Blackmail (1973) that starred Karan’s grandfather, the legendary Dharmendra.
There is never really any novelty attached to most cliched Indian love stories. Boy meets girl, they initially have their tu-tu-mein-mein [war of words] but eventually they fall in love. And may be class, caste divide sets them apart. What new does Sunny Deol bring with his Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas?
Well, this love story blossoms through an adventure trip. Karan Sehgal [Karan Deol] and Sahher Sethi [Sahher Bambba] meet each other at an adventure trip. The professional Karan helps Sahher gets a taste of real-life adventure. The girl initially hates Karan’s attitude but eventually they fall for each other. Karan only proposes the girl later. What sets this story apart, well perhaps classic class divide and possibly a tragedy with Karan now baying for someone’s blood.
Old wine in a new bottle. The picturesque locales of Ladakh offer a visual appeal, but based on the trailer, Karan Deol comes across as too raw. Unlike his father or his grandfather, Karan Doesn’t have a powerful voice. He does roar like a Deol in one scene. Bambba, too, doesn’t inspire much confidence.
A film from the Deol stable, debuting one, will naturally hog the limelight but the rather underwhelming trailer doesn’t hold much promise for the film. Unless director Sunny Deol, Karan and Bambba have some serious surprise in store for us.
The cast also includes Greek import Kallirroi Tziafeta [Gulshan Devaiah’s wife]. It will be interesting to see what role does Mrs.Devaiah have here?
Every generation has a story to tell, the makers have proudly stated in the trailer. On the looks of it, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas appears to be an old wine in a new bottle. What can work, and is vital though is its music. Going ahead, we will see more songs being launched. The title track [playing in the background] in the voice of Arijit Singh seems melodious.
Watch the trailer of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas below.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas is set to be released on 20 September where it will compete with Sanjay Dutt’s Prassthanam.