“Haal Chaal Theek Thaak Hai”
Hindi cinema has witnessed many Candyfloss romances in the past with fresh faces that have worked wonders at the box-office with their freshness and ability to connect to young hearts. Haal-e-Dil which hit the screens this week is one such film, with new faces and romance at its core. It is also the launch pad for Producer Kumar Mangat’s daughter Amita Pathak. So expectations were certainly high. Does it meet its expectations? Let’s find out.
Sanjana (Amita Pathak) is a simple girl with a no-non sense attitude and her principles etched in her mind very clearly. While Shekhar (Nakuul Mehta) is a happy-go-lucky guy, full of life and a total flirt who makes a pass at every second girl only to be refused. They meet on a train journey to Shimla. For Shekhar, Its love at first sight. For Sanjana however, it’s exactly the opposite. When Shekhar tries to impress Sanjana, he learns that Sanjana is already madly in love with her classmate Rohit (Adhyayan Suman). However, Shekhar doesn’t give up and is ready to go to feverish altitudes to prove his love for Sanjana. However, Things are not exactly as they seem to be. What mad things Shekhar does for Sanjana and how their relation evolves form the crux of the story.
Haal-e-dil suffers from the same old problem of hindi films – Lack of a taut script. The idea is nice, but it doesn’t really come out too effectively on screen. The writers should have paid more attention on making the script a bit tauter, rather than trying to accommodate a few unneeded elements and more of songs, merely for the sake of entertainment and giving time to main characters to establish themselves. Although the flashback sequences have been well executed and the story also has a nice twist towards the end, but overall the writing could have been much better.
Having said that, The film may click with some who suck for romance and candyfloss. It has few really warm moments, thanks to interesting dialogue and good performances by the Protagonists.
The film also deserves some brownie points for its locales and Camera-work. Music is also very nice, although the songs act more as speed-breakers in the already slow narrative.
All said and done, the show was stolen by debutant Nakuul Mehta. Watch out for him – He has lovable persona, He is confident, and what more, He can act too! He may just as well be the next chocolate hero. Amita Pathak was bad & her looks really went against the film, more so considering the fact that the Heroine’s beauty was an integral part of the plot. Adhyayan Suman was quite good in a few scenes. But then, He had very few scenes to begin with. Television actor Sharib hashmi provided very good comic relief in the beginning. Wished he had a meatier role. Tanuja makes an impact in her cameo.
So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???”
Kuch khaas dum nahi, par thoda bahut dum kahin kahin par hai. The film is a regular candyfloss kind of flick, which may work for a few, and may not work for others. It goes a bit haywire, becomes a bit tedious as it progresses and just manages to be an average fare.
Rating - **1/2 (1/2 star extra for a Super-Confident debut by Nakuul Mehta)