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Haal-e-Dil – movie review

When love is not madness, its not love


Haal-e-Dil, movie review

Haal-e-Dil is the dream launch of producer Kumar Mangat’s daughter Amita Pathak and her other two co-stars who also are debutants – Nakuul Mehta and Shekhar Suman’s son Adhyayan.

The film directed by Anil Devgan is the story of Sanjana (Amita Pathak) who is in love with her rich classmate Rohit (Adhyayan Suman). The three new faces provide freshness to this visually rich movie filmed exquisitely at stunning locales. Where else can one enjoy the rich locales of Swiss Alps during the train journey to Shimla?

Sanjana and Rohit study in the same college and are in love. She is on a train ride from Mumbai to Shimla. Shekhar (Nakuul Mehta), who is also a co-passenger and a flirt with a constantly roving eye, has a crush on Sanjana.

Sanjana keeps glued to her novel (remember Kajol in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge?). It is love at first sight for Shekhar and like Shahrukh Khan in DDLJ, trying to woo her, strums and plucks his guitar in the train journey to Shimla.

Sanjana misses the train at a station and so Shekhar, too decides to miss the train as well. Having to cover the remaining journey together, they hire a cab and race to catch the train at the next station (like Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapur in Jab We Met). But here, through jungle and wilderness, they even have an encounter with a dacoit of Veerappan fame.

Back to city life, Shekhar expresses his love and even goes on a hunger strike opposite Sanjana’s house to prove his love. Expectedly, we now have the melodrama in what about Rohit, the rich, dreamy-eyed guy who is Sanjana’s original love?

For Sanjana, love is chaste and sacred and it is not just a small part of life but the entire life itself. Shekar is the man who finds love in every other pretty girl and falls for each of the girl. Rohit travels through the lanes of love like a man falling into a well which has no end to it.

The sacred love of Sanjana becomes a curse when at one point – she has to choose between her perfect love and a perfect stranger.

The music of Haal-e-Dil is above average and songs are shot at some of the exotic locales. The cinematography (Rajeev Ravi) is just fantastic. Even the guest appearances of Ajay Devgan, Kajol and Tanuja fail to cover up shoddy script and screenplay..

Amita Pathak is pretty in a girl-next-door kind of way with lovely eyes. Thankfully, she’s restrained and plays a fashion designer. Adhyayan Suman takes the cake in this loosely handled love story. In his debut film, his performance is appreciated because of his originality. As a cute chocolate-boy hero, Nakuul could be the new heart throb of college girls though he incorporates too much ‘herogiri’ in his mannerisms.

Cast of Haal-e-Dil:
Amita Pathak
Nakuul Mehta
Adhyayan Suman
Nassar Abdulla
Bharati Achrekar
Himani Shivpuri
Mukesh Tiwari
Ajay Devgan – Special appearance
Kajol – Special appearance
Tanuja – Special appearance

Credits of Haal-e-Dil:
Banner: Big Screen Entertainer
Producer – Kumar Mangat
Director – Anil Devgan
Cinematography – Rajeev Ravi
Music – Vishal Bharadwaj, Anand Raj Anand, Pritam Chakraborty, Raghav Sachar
Written by Dheeraj Rattan
Film Editing by Dharmendra Sharma
Choreographer – Ravi Botalje
Haal-e-Dil, movie review