New talent: It seems Siv Darshan has made a not-so-grand entry into the world of film . Pictures: Supplied

Karle Pyaar Karle
DIRECTOR: Rajesh Pandey
CAST: Shiv Darshan, Hasleen Kaur, Aham Sharma, Ankit Raaj, Sanjay Sharma



Suneel Darshan’s production house is known for casting top-of-the-line stars. The film-maker also has an eye for new talent. In his latest endeavour, 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, and wait, a new storyteller holds the directorial reins (Rajesh Pandey).

I strongly believe new talent is brimming with ideas, uninhibited enthusiasm and unbridled energy – and for this reason one might have expected Karle Pyaar Karle to walk the untrodden path.

Unfortunately, it relies too heavily on the age-old formula that has been done to death in film after film.

The plot is a love story at heart and although it tries hard to be different, the screenplay attempts to pack in edge-of-the-seat tension, so it all 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, eight-year-old Kabir indulges in an act that almost leads him to the doors of a juvenile home. In a bid to protect Kabir, his parents decide to leave town so he can escape the harsh punishment he faces.

After travelling from one city to another for 12 years, the family return to their home town, where Kabir and Preet reconnect... beginning a new chapter.

As can be expected, problems show up.

Preet starts believing she and Kabir are ill-fated and it’s 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 love-hate story, hence the team try to pack in just about everything on the shelf: romance (mandatory songs, skin show and lip locks), adrenalin-pumping action, bike stunts et al.

But in spite of all the ingredients being crammed in to woo audiences, impact is missing and it all appears forced.

Also, there are instances when the writing takes a back seat, with the goings-on appearing more like a show reel to display the lead actor’s competence.

Even the concluding moments don’t salvage the show.

But despite the deficiencies, one cannot deny that the infectious energy of Shiv catches one’s attention at times. Of course, the raw edges are visible too, especially when Shiv is entrusted with 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 have delivered a punch.

The soundtrack is a plus, with songs like Teri Saanson Mein and Tanhai.

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, Kaur, 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 fit the bill (Aham Sharma and Ankit Raj), others are below par.

Mahesh Thakur is wasted. On the whole, Karle Pyaar Karle is a dull and dreary affair! –