Chand Ke Paar
Once again, the tried and tested stuff forms the
base of a film. The story of CHAAND KE PAAR
CHALO is as old as the hills. From GUIDE to JAB
JAB PHOOL KHILE to RAJA HINDUSTANI, the
fascination for these stories has never ended.
CHAAND KE PAAR CHALO, directed by Mustafa
Engineer, follows a similar path. Besides,
there's nothing novel in its execution either.
CHAAND KE PAAR CHALO revolves around Chander [Saahib],
a tourist photographer in Nainital, who stays
with his parents [Alok Nath, Kanu Gill] and best
friend, Johnny [Sanjay Narvekar]. While on his
way to work one day, he hears a melodious voice.
He is mesmerized by the beauty of Nirmala [Preeti
Jhangiani], the stage dancer who has arrived
with her uncle [Tej Sapru] and aunt [Himani
Shivpuri]. He clicks her photos and later
Chander always tells her of taking her across
the moon and she in turn laughs at his tales.
One day, Chander sells his studio and takes
Nirmala 'across the moon and stars', to the city
of dreams -- Mumbai. And from there her journey
to stardom begins. She is renamed Garima.
Chander sells his camera and land in Nainital to
raise funds. Deepak introduces Garima to a film
director Arman Khan, who signs her in the lead
role for his film. Now Garima has everything --
money, fame, name. Her secretary Kapoor [Shakti
Kapoor] cannot stand Chander and finds ways to
remove him from the path.
He succeeds finally and throws Chander out of
Garima's house. Chander's friend advises him to
return to Nainital. On returning, Chander learns
of his father's demise and also that his mother
is staying with his friend Johnny. Johnny
advises Chander to start life afresh and returns
back his camera.
Chander returns to his old job -- tourist
photography. He happens to see Garima where he
had seen her first. Garima follows Chander and
tries to talk to him. He asks him to return
back. She finally wins Chander back.
CHAAND KE PAAR CHALO is one of those routine
films that has nothing new to say. Everything is
so predictable. It looks like a film straight
out of the 1980s, when such stories worked.
Direction [Mustafa Engineer] has its
limitations. Music [Vishnu Narayan] is quite
Saahib looks his part, but needs to polish his
skills as an actor. Preeti Jhanginani is
perfect, looking pretty and acting with
conviction. Sanjay Narwekar, Alok Nath, Razzaq
Khan and Shakti Kapoor are as usual.
On the whole, CHAAND KE PAAR CHALO will go