Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat
Cast: Ajay Jadeja, Mahie Gill, Satish Shah, Sushma Seth, Vinod Kambli, Sylvie
Direction: V K Kumar
One is not sure how much sympathy one should expend on Ajay Jadeja, whose second film promises to be almost as disastrous as the allegations of match-fixing that clouded his cricketing career many years ago. Given that this is his second film innings, Jadeja cannot even plead innocence in this Pal Pal… case. <b2>
So how bad is bad? Here’s a hint: one of the truly original touches in this film is the double role handed out to Sylvie. Whozzat, do you ask? For those who don’t know, Sylvie is the celebrity hairstylist who was earlier Dr Sylvester Rodgers. So there she is, playing Sylvester (with a ponytail), Sylvie (with frizzy blonde hair), and — this is a bonus — Sylvie’s ghost in a lacy white dress (with ditto hair). What does this have to do with the plot? Not much, actually.
So why are we telling you about it? Because there’s little else really. Jadeja has a spectacularly ordinary screen presence, Mahie Gill simpers sickeningly, Sushma Seth screeches constantly, Satish Shah hams horrendously and you don’t want to know about the other characters. Except Vinod Kambli, who actually turns in the most controlled performance. Yes, that’s how awful it is.