Suneel Darshan's production house is known for casting top of the line stars. The film-maker also has an eye for discovering new talent. In his latest endeavor KARLE PYAAR KARLE, Suneel places the plot on the broad shoulders of a new protagonist -- his son Shiv. In addition, a new leading lady and a multitude of beginners [cast in key roles] take their first step in Bollywood with this venture. Oh wait, a new storyteller holds the directorial reins as well [Rajesh Pandey].
I strongly believe that new talent is brimming with new-fangled ideas, original thoughts, uninhibited enthusiasm and unbridled energy. And one expects KARLE PYAAR KARLE to walk the untrodden path for this reason. Unfortunately, KARLE PYAAR KARLE relies too heavily on the age-old formula that is done to death in film after film. The plot, a love story at heart, tries so hard to be different, while the screenplay attempts to pack edge of the seat tension, but goes topsy turvy after a point. Also, what unfolds on screen makes you wonder, what was so special about the script that the makers okayed it in the first place?
KARLE PYAAR KARLE is the story of two rebels, Kabir [Shiv Darshan] and Preet [Hasleen Kaur]. In a desperate moment, 8-year-old Kabir had indulged in an act that almost led him to the doors of a juvenile home. In a bid to protect Kabir, his parents had decided to leave town to escape the harsh punishment. After travelling from one city to another for 12 years, the family returns to their hometown, where Kabir and Preet reconnect... beginning a new chapter.
Expectedly, problems show up. Preet starts believing that they are ill-fated and its best they stay away from each other. Kabir, on the other hand, firmly believes that only if they are together will they survive...
The effort is to make a hatke love story, hence the team tries to pack just about everything on the shelf: romance [also mandatory songs, skin show and lip locks], adrenaline pumping action, bike stunts et al. However, despite cramming the film with the staple ingredients to woo the spectators, the impact is sorely missing because it appears forced in the scheme of things, instead of seamlessly flowing in the narrative. Furthermore, there are instances when the writing takes a complete backseat, with the goings-on appearing more like a show reel to display the competence of the lead actor. Even the concluding moments don't salvage the show.
Despite the deficiencies, you cannot deny that the infectious energy of Shiv does catch your attention at times. Of course, the raw edges are visible too, especially when Shiv is entrusted the responsibility of performing heavy duty emotional stuff. Had the writers thought of innovative twists and turns and narrating an engaging story, the first-time actor as well as the film might've delivered a punch. The soundtrack is a plus, with two lilting tracks -- 'Teri Saanson Mein' and 'Tanhai' -- staying on your lips.
While Shiv seems comfortable in action and has the charm to sweep a girl off her feet, he needs to work hard on dramatic and emotional scenes. His co-star Hasleen is photogenic, but has a long way to go as far as acting is concerned. The film stars a host of newcomers in supporting roles and while a few fill the bill [Aham Sharma and Ankit Raj], the others are below par. Mahesh Thakur is wasted.
On the whole, KARLE PYAAR KARLE is a dull and dreary fare!