Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Movie Review: Pal Pal Dil Ke Traas!

Updated: Sep 23, 2019, 08:53 IST | Mayank Shekhar | Mumbai

Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass is that ancient Bollywood, bread-butter, young-romance, that were sure-fire, star-career launchers, back in the '80s/'90s. The film stars Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba

Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba in a still from the trailer. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/iamkarandeol
Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba in a still from the trailer. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/iamkarandeol

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
U/A; Drama, Action
Director: Sunny Deol
Cast: Karan Deol, Sahher Bambba
Rating: Rating

He calls her, "Ms Sethi." She calls him, "Mr Sehgal." How sweet. You sorta feel sorry for this lead-girl (Sahher Bambba) on a Manali trek with the local, rock-climbing tour-guide dude (Karan Deol) in this film though. Her chief concern, while going through severe altitude-sickness, is that she doesn't have her eye-liners on, to save the day.

"Eye-liner saans lene jaisa hota hai. Eye-liner nahin, toh aankhein hi nahin (Eye-liner to the eyes is like breathing to the rest of the body. No eye-liner equals having no eyes)," she says. Don't roll your eyes. This is the film's most profound one-liner. You live and learn.

That said, you feel for this girl further. All her life what she really wanted to pursue was professional singing. And then, on an open-mic night, she performed. Her boyfriend at the time laughed as she sang.

She'd barely begun the opening stanza of the Kishore Kumar, RD Burman song from Blackmail, originally picturised on Dharmendra, Rakhee: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas… And then she had to wrap up the track, and her life's dreams.

Up in the mountains, with only her young rappelling-instructor by her side, she gets to fulfill her ambition—singing that ditty this film is named after. Her voice is lovely. As is this movie's title-track, with the same first-line on loop, sung by Arijit Singh.

So have we solved this film's essential conflict? Hell, no. The filmmakers have to be find one in the first place. Here's the issue. This is that ancient Bollywood, bread-butter, young-romance, that were sure-fire, star-career launchers, back in the '80s/'90s.

Which would be what, exactly? The rich/poor-girl, having to eventually get together with the poor/rich-boy (gender/income-status interchangeable), as all hell breaks loose in the interim - at home, and elsewhere -while the lilting, ting, ting, ting, ting (set to the soft background score) plays throughout.

The problem, over the past decade-and-half or so, is that nobody buys this shizzle anymore, given that in upper-class, urban settings such as this, one assumes, if miya-biwi raazi, then who cares whether mummy or papa-raazi.

So then? Abhi kya? Well, first, seriously update technology; this is 2019, instructs Sunny Deol, as he did with the thriller Ghayal Once Again (2016), his second time out as a filmmaker (he made his directorial debut with Dillagi in 1999, starring himself, alongside brother, Bobby). 

So what if the story's the same. The girl's a popular vlogger/social-media influencer. The villain is no more the 'khadoos baap', but a 'raees, politician maa ki bagdi hui aulaad' from Delhi - the girl's ex. He threatens her with revenge-porn. She could out him on social-media. How Insta-age, and uber-cool.

With this façade in place, there's much room for Daddy Deol to pull all stops, flush out his purse, open up some stunning locales/vistas, for Son Deol's Himalayan debut, flinging him from mountain-tops, getting him to race against fast cars in Greater Noida's F1 tracks. And of course, on popular demand, getting him to groan the angry-young-man, "Aaaaaaa," before he squashes villains to pulp, right inside their posh den.

He's a sweet, quiet li'l boy; looks a lot like his father from certain camera-angles as well. He's giving it his best. So is the audience, one hopes. Hey, and don't feel sorry for the audience, okay. They're still getting some good education on eye-liners, and other one-liners, if nothing else. Feel slightly sorry for the kid. I'm sure he'll survive (this film, and otherwise). And there's always good stuff in Manali to see him through.

Also Read: Sunny Deol directs Karan Deol's debut: 5 star kids who were launched by their fathers

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Karan Deol with parents Sunny-Pooja, Dharmendra and family attended screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
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    Sunny Deol hosted a grand screening of his son Karan's debut film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas at a popular multiplex in Andheri, Mumbai. The screening saw the entire Deol family in attendance, Dharmendra's wife Parkash Kaur made a rare appearance. All pictures/Yogen Shah

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    Sunny Deol has donned director's hat for his son Karan Deol's debut vehicle. The film also stars another debutante Sahher Bambba.

    In picture: Sunny Deol at the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas at a multiplex in Andheri.

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    Set in Himachal Pradesh, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas narrates a love story that strives to understand the emotion and essence of a first-time romance, with all its innocence, doubts and the complexities.

    In picture: Sunny's wife Pooja Deol also made a rare appearance at son's film's special screening in Andheri.

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    Sunny Deol in a recent interview described the shooting of the movie as an emotional journey, he says the entire unit became a family. He hopes the feeling got translated to the screen.

    In picture: Veteran actor Dharmendra at the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas in Andheri.

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    Sunny Deol said, "The takeaway from the shooting experience is basically the bonding and the family which we became -- the bonding that we had with the whole crew. The difficulties everyone faced without even saying 'uff'."

    In picture: Dharmendra's wife Parkash Kaur also attended the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas in Andheri.

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    Sunny Deol further added that bringing this whole experience on the celluloid was also part of that takeaway. "You all will get to see it on September 20," he said.

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    Karan Deol in an interview with mid-day.com, when asked what advice he got from Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, he said, "I learned quite a bit. Each one of them has a different kind of acting ability, so they gave their own advice. My dada (Dharmendra) said that 'Always be like a sponge, keep on absorbing things. It is important to always learn and keep on growing as an actor. Because it is always important for an actor to be observant'. He also said 'An acting is always about reacting. You need to first listen to the other person's dialogues, feel it, and then react'. It's that simple and not to overcomplicate it."

    In picture: Bobby Deol at the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas in Andheri.

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    While the Deol clan is renowned for their action avatars and dancing skills (or rather the lack of them), the newbie Karan Deol is rather confident about his dancing prowess. Said Karan, in a candid interview with mid-day.com, "I would say I am a better dancer than dad. Not as good as my chacha. I am not that bad either, I can shake a leg if I have to, but I am not amazing. If you show me the step, I will learn it. But if you randomly tell me to dance, I can not."

    In picture: Bobby Deol with wife Tanya Deol and son Dharam Deol at a multiplex in Andheri.

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    Talking about his father and uncle's advice, Karan Deol further added, "My dad (Sunny Deol) has always told me always give your 100 per cent. Never lie to yourself. My chacha (Bobby Deol) told me to be more flexible in dancing."

    In picture: Abhay Deol was all smile as he posed for the photographers at Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas screening in Andheri.

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    Atul Agnihotri and Alvira's daughter Alizeh Agnihotri attended the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas in Andheri.

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    Deanne Panday also attended the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas in Andheri.

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    Ranveer Singh's father Jagjit Singh Bhavnani also attended the special screening of Karan Deol's film at the popular multiplex in Juhu.

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    Gadar director Anil Sharma also attended the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas with his family.

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    Ghayal director Rajkumar Santoshi with wife Manila and daughter Tanisha Santoshi at Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas screening in Andheri.

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    Armaan Malik with father Daboo Malik also attended the special screening of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.

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