Bollywood star Sunny Deol’s dream project “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” featuring his son Karan Deol is set to showcase entire Manali, the adventure sports, its people, local artists, and the scenic beauty on the silver screen globally on September 20. While the movie has provided a platform to the local actors, Himachal is expecting a boom in the tourism industry.
Sunny, who has been planning to set up a film city in Manali and has close relation with the local people, had committed to make a big-budget Bollywood movie totally based in Manali. From the lead roles to supporting actors, most of the star cast of Sunny directed PPDKP is from Himachal, particularly from Manali. As the theme of the movie is based on adventure sports of Manali that brings Karan close to lead actress Sahher Bambba, the state is expecting a boom in the tourism industry after the release of the film.
Sunny has chosen lead actress Sahher Bambba from Himachal. However, according to Sunny, auditions for hunt for lead actress took place in many cities and he did not know that the girl belongs to Himachal until Sahher Bambba was shortlisted. The second lead role is performed by Manali girl Ritika Thakur. Kapil Negi, who runs an adventure travel company in Manali, is also in a major role who is a friend of Karan’s father and later his mentor after his father’s death. A large portion of the film is shot at Shaleen village near Manali and Sunny has given the opportunity to a large number of villagers to show their acting skills. Himachali song “Mera Bhola Hai Bhandari” fame Hansraj Raghuvanshi is given the opportunity to sing “Adha Bhi Jyada” song of the movie.
The viewers of the movie will hear a large number of Kulluvi words for the first time in a Bollywood flick. Arijit Singh sung title track “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas”, which has already gained huge popularity, also has words like “zaaniye” (my life) and “zuriye” (my love) taken from Kulluvi dialect.
As Karan had to perform many adventure sports activities, he had to undergo the mountaineering course in Manali. Rajeev Sharma, who retired as deputy director from Manali based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, was given responsibility to train Karan. Rajeev trained him in mountaineering and other adventure sports activities. Mountaineer Chunni Thakur, who runs heli-skiing activities in Manali, helped sunny in performing many difficult and dangerous scenes of the movie.
Line producer and location manager for the film, Vikram Singh, said, this is for the first time that a Bollywood movie is planned, scripted and will start and end in Himachal, especially in Manali. “Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass (PPDKP) will leave viewers stunned by the unseen beauty and culture of Himachal. This is not just a love story. This is a lot more. People will not resist themselves from visiting Himachal after watching Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba experiencing thrilling adventure sports and the exotic locations of this hill station. After spending over a year in Manali only to finalize locations, Sunny Deol has given chance to local talent. The movie is completely different from conventional movies. Nearly 80 per cent of the movie is shot in Himachal,” he said.
A few days before starting shooting for the movie, Sunny had said that the script is perfect to launch his son. “We had finalized an old house built with traditional Kullu architectural style at Shaleen village, 8km from Manali, where a major part of the movie would be shot. Being located high on the hillside, the house offers panoramic view of snow-capped mountain ranges and lower valley. I am putting all efforts to give chance to local talent, showcase local culture, traditions and tourism.”
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas is the third movie directed by Sunny Deol where his son Karan Deol and Himachal girl Sahher Bambba are debuting. The film will release on September 20. Most of the shooting has been done in Manali, Shaleen village, Dashaur, Bhrigu, Sagu waterfall, Spiti and Sarchu.