wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for it to come on TV/online (?)
An unusual experience. The first half, when nothing happens is engaging because of the arresting Himalayas+cinematography. The second half, when the story moves at breakneck speed, is boring.Read more
- meeta, a part of the audience
I’ve come to realise that the only newness that can be added to the “boy meets girl” formulaic story, is the setting. Outside of this setting, there is little-to-zero scope of making things drastically different. Earlier it used to be families who would come in the way of their union, now it is ex-boyfriend. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas does brilliantly on the setting—the Himalayas and adventure sport. Unfortunately, the mountains disappear in the second half and the many attempts, at infusing life into a done-to-death theme, aren’t fruitful.
Post-interval then the film becomes a showreel for Karan Deol.
Beyond the intrinsic beauty of the mountains, the crew has gone beyond excellent cinematography. They have recceed out many untouched spots and shot them with finesse. And then, while the additional layer of adventure sports can seem gimmicky or a forced attempt to be different, it is done really well. Over and above the camera work, the sound design and the confidence with which Karan Deol goes through the adventure sequences, make the scenes believable.
In the non-adventure bits though Karan Deol barely has any variation in his dialogue delivery—if it can even be called that. Even if he is calm and ever-so-cool, he would emote. His sava kilo ki aankhen1 of course, try their best to emote. And it wouldn’t be breaking news that he has inherited his dad’s dancing genes, would it? Sahher Bambba, on the other hand, looked like she could do meatier roles.
Anyway, much of the good that the Himalayas and their picturization do is more than undone by the tardiness of the second half. The complications added by politicians and the ex-lovers dramatics are resolved rather too hastily. In fact, all the developments in the over-extended second half are wrapped up in the last 5-7 minutes. Post-interval then the film becomes a showreel for Karan Deol. He romances, he packs punches, and so on.
Interestingly though, despite being a star son’s vehicle, the film gives enough room the lead lady’s story. This is the most I must have seen a lead lady’s character be at her job in a recent Hindi film. Now it is a different matter that she still needs her “man” to edge her on in her hobby and actually completely forgets her hobby when the man shows up.
In general though, I was pleasantly surprised that a film launched by the family for the next generation even bothered to have a story. So, it was a bonus to have enjoyed half the film, and we will take the little joys when they come by.
1 Reference to his dad (the director’s) famous line dhai kilo ke haath
- meeta, a part of the audience
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