Post by karanjoharfan on Jan 20, 2014 18:56:59 GMT
Karle Pyaar Karle isn't good, but it's not bad either. I have a soft spot for producer Suneel Darshan's movies (especially "Dosti: Friends Forever"), and I think there are some good qualities in this that are overlooked in some of the more purely negative reviews.
Suneel Darhsan's son Shiv is actually a good actor (and dancer), surprise surprise, as is Hasleen. Say what you will about Suneel Darshan, but he has an eye for new or developing talent. Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta were both introduced to Bollywood by his production house, and he was instrumental in pushing Akshay Kumar into being considered among the more serious actors of Bollywood instead of being the "Khiladi" martial arts guy. I applaud Suneel Darshan for a career that has been full of developing talent.
The movie starts off well with a daredevil sequence and its aftermath that show the kinds of unnecessary risks Shiv's character Kabir takes, the values he stands for (it's not just to take risks, although that's part of it), as well as his relationship with his family and the relationship between his mom and dad. The characterization in this movie is strong, layered, and consistent throughout, though perhaps stronger for Kabir than for Hasleen's character Preet.
The look of the movie, production-wise, is also immediately established in the opening sequence as very polished and modern.
Later another character, Jazz, is introduced, who while primarily an antagonist, nonetheless has some redeeming and nicer qualities. This layered characterization shows the thought that was put into the writing by Suneel Darshan, who wrote the story but did not direct the movie. (First-time director Rajesh Pandey acquits himself well.) Kabir's reaction upon hearing of Jazz's death also shows a suitable nuance that would be missing in a more poorly written movie.
There were some good jokes throughout, and I cried at one sequence -- Kabir's reunion with Preet's mom. This was after a highly effective flashback of what happened between a younger Kabir and Preet's stepfather, that meant Kabir had to leave town. So this movie left a "dried tear on your cheek and a smile on your face" to an extent, as I believe Amitabh Bachchan once said a Bollywood movie should do. Suneel Darhsan is a master at using flashbacks to young child characters to evoke effective emotional response, as he did in "Dosti," as well as at the use of flashbacks in general to add facets and twists to the story and the characters.
The songs and their picturizations are okay to good. Here again, Suneel Darshan was developing new talent, giving chances to a number of new, hip, modern music directors. I admit, I miss the old-school Nadeem-Shravan sound of a Suneel Darshan movie though. There is one song that harks back to that.
So with all this on the plus side, why don't I think this movie is good? It's far far too violent, and there's a racist sequence that leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Also, Shiv Darshan, while a good actor, does too much "growly voice" acting (as I believe I read in one of the reviews and agree with). The "growly voice" stuff from him as well as other actors makes a well-written, polished movie seem more ridiculous at times than it could be. It's not fair, but Shiv also doesn't quite look the part of a hero. He's too tall, the long hair needs to go, and that combined with his muscles does make him look like Tarzan as one of the bad reviews said.
All in all though, I would say Subhash Jha wasn't wrong to say good things in his review and give this movie 3 stars out of 5. Jha is right, it's "Nasir Hussain on steroids" in terms of its tone.
Not as bad as people say, not as good as Suneel Darshan's other efforts, but looks good, has its delights, and has flashes of Suneel Darshan's strengths in characterization and family dynamics. I personally would have given this a 7.5/10 without the racist dialogue, but with it, I think it gets a 6.5/10.
I think I like Suneel Darshan-produced movies better than I like ones he directed (although I haven't gotten around to Jaanwar yet and have only seen parts of Dosti); I might check this out when it's available online. Suneel's been hinting that he might work with Akshay again if they can agree on a project, FWIW.
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