Certificate: U/A

Director: Sunny Deol

Starring: Karan Deol, Sahher Bambba

Written by: Jasvinder Singh Bath, Ravi Shankaran

PAL PAL DIL KE PAAS marks the debut of Sunny Deol’s son Karan and Sahher Bambba. Karan Sehgal (Karan Deol) is a mountaineer who runs a sort of an elite trekking camp, Ujhi Dhaar, in Himachal. He’s had a very sad childhood as he was orphaned at a young age. He has a very niche clientele and his package costs a bomb. Saher Sethi (Sahher Bambba) is a sharp and gorgeous video blogger from Delhi.To get away from a family event, she lands a story and comes to Camp Ujhi Dhaar with a motive to expose what she thinks is a scam. While she is there, she is on a break from her in her relationship with boyfriend Viren Nagar (Aakash Ahuja), who is a spoilt brat and son of an influential lawyer and three-time MP Ratna Nagar, (Meghna Malik). What ensues forms the rest of the film.

The film is predictable, yes. But it is one of those quintessential love stories that we often used to see in Bollywood. The film maybe predictable but doesn’t lose its charm and at the same time it connects, it is relatable and it is realistic and believable. The characters, though seem to be a bit loosely written. But, in the end it comes off as a good love story and it does justice to the genre. Although, the film could have done with a reduction of 15-20 minutes in its runtime.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Himman Dhameja and Ragul Dharuman is superb. The stunning sights of Himachal have been captured beautifully. Editing by Deven Murdeshwar is good but the film, as mentioned earlier could have been 15-20 minutes shorter. The screenplay has been written decently well but it could have been fine tuned a little more, especially when it came to the characters. The songs work well in the film but the pick of the lot is the Title song. The costume design and the production design are great.

Performances in the film were good as well. Karan Deol gives a sincere and an honest performance. For his first film, he was great and was impressive. Another debutant, Sahher Bambba was also superb and slips into her character comfortably. Both of their chemistry looked great on screen as well. The rest of the cast offered abled support.

As a director, Sunny Deol has done quite well. He manages to tell a simple story that connects with the audiences.

2.5

At the box-office

The film has taken the decent start and with a good word of mouth might just sail through.

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