Over-complicated plots and lengthy scripts lead to immense boredom. This simple fact is unfortunately missed by many filmmakers, including that of Dil Tainu Karda Ae Pyar, this week’s Punjabi film.
Canada resident Nikki, played by debutant and former Miss PTC Punjaban Neetu Singh, comes to India after being cheated on by her ex-boyfriend Vikram. At the airport, she bumps into stranger Baljit, played by Gulzar Chahal, who, by the way, has also had his heart broken by his first love. For God alone knows why, Baljit tries to help Nikki, in spite of the fact that she hasn’t asked for assistance.
So while Nikki is giving Vikram an earful, her phone dies and she borrows Baljit’s phone to complete her conversation. And when she leaves, Vikram calls back on Baljit’s phone and convinces him of being a victim of misunderstanding. The film’s story proceeds from here on, based solely on Baljit’s purpose of hitching Nikki and Vikram again. Though the reason of his immense interest in a stranger’s love life remains a mystery, the audience is introduced to Daljit, played by Rohit Khurana of TV serial Uttaran fame, who Nikki’s family wants her to marry. As the film moves on, so does the forced love quadrangle, with Daljit falling in love with Nikki, Nikki falling in love with Baljit, and Baljit on a crusade to hook Nikki with whom he thinks is right.
Rohit has an impressive screen presence, though Neetu requires much brushing up on her
acting abilities. Gulzar’s look in the film is appreciable, especially when he dons eye shades and a black kurta in a song sequence.
Dheeraj Rattan, who also wrote the script for Punjabi film Mel Karade Rabba, couldn’t produce a strong story, penning instead, a piece that is much too easy to guess.
The film’s music by Jaidev Kumar stands out, but couldn’t be used to the film’s credit. For instance, peppy numbers by Babbu Mann and Feroz Khan deserved better picturisation.
Despite many misgivings, Punjabi filmmakers have a lot to thank comedians such as Gurpreet Ghuggi and BN Sharma for, who try to make up a bad film by their good sense of humour.