A love story works if you fall in love with the on-screen characters and if it touches your heart. Pyaar Impossible does that. Pyaar Impossible may not be the ultimate romantic film, but you can't deny that there's something about it that stays with you.
Pyaar Impossible also works because its protagonists, Uday and Priyanka, deliver sparkling performances. No wonder, you get drawn into their world in a jiffy.
In a university in California, Alisha (Priyanka Chopra) is the name that dreams are made of. The most beautiful girl on campus, she makes hearts flutter like leaves in the wind. Everybody loves Alisha.
It is no surprise then that Abhay (Uday Chopra) loves her, too. Abhay is a nerdy, awkward, bespectacled geek who is far removed from her world. She doesn't even know he exists.
One day Abhay musters up the courage to express his true feelings to her, and realises that it is never going to happen. He comes to terms with the fact that Alisha is a princess and he is just a geek – and their ways part.
But their paths cross again, when Abhay is trying to launch his career. Fate brings him face to face with the woman of his dreams, Alisha. Will he have the strength to believe in himself and attempt to achieve what he never thought possible?
You may draw parallels with Chris Columbus' I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009), but the fact is that Uday Chopra's story in Pyaar Impossible (yes, he penned the story, screenplay and dialogue) could be anybody's story. This is not about a nerd who wants his program back from a suave hacker. It's about a simpleton, his feelings, the complications in his life and the final triumph.
You may also draw parallels with Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, but Uday and director Jugal Hansraj steer clear of anything that could be similar to Adi's film. The (sole) similarity begins and ends with a simpleton falling in love with an attractive girl.
Uday's screenplay remains faithful to the main plot, not deviating at all. At the same time, it could've been tighter in the post-interval portions. Thankfully, the writing is back on track towards the climax.
Jugal Hansraj has the trappings of a competent director. He has handled several sensitive moments with dexterity. Salim-Sulaiman's musical score is pleasant, but it can do with that extra push from the music division. Santosh Thundiyil's cinematography is top notch. Dialogues [also penned by Uday] are straight out of life.
Pyaar Impossible works largely due to the efficient performances by its principal actors - Uday Chopra and Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka has evolved into a fantastic actor and this film proves it yet again. Five minutes into the film and you realise that you are not watching Priyanka, but Alisha Merchant.
Uday gets it right as Abhay. Sure, the actor has been a part of several films in the past, but this one awakens you to this sincere performer, who, unfortunately, has never got his due. He plays the role of a geek with astute understanding and it's thanks to his great portrayal that you feel for this character. This should be the turning point in his career.
Dino Morea springs a surprise and carries off his part very well. Anupam Kher is perfect in a brief role. Child actor Advika Yadav is adorable. And a terrific actor, too!
On the whole, Pyaar Impossible is a feel-good film. If you are a romantic, this one's for you. Even if you're not, still watch it. Its one of those films that will bring a smile on your face - something that most Hindi films don't do these days!
Rating: Three stars