If you've watched the promos of De Taali, you'd expect a film with tremendous youth power. You'd expect gags, gimmicks, laughter-n-sunshine and lots and lots of fun. But De Taali is anything but this! On the contrary, it's a slow-paced love story, which depicts one of the actors as a modern-day Devdas who hits the bottle when his girlfriend walks out on him. There's a kahani mein twist as well -- the kidnapping episode -- but you don't feel giving a taali to that too.
Note another aspect. Two songs from the film have been heavily promoted -- the title track [which has lots of energy] and 'Maari Teetri' [plays to the masses completely] -- which might compel you to buy the ticket. The title track comes when the movie concludes [end credits], while the other number is just not there.
Most importantly, De Taali gets it wrong on the script level. Loosely inspired by a popular TV drama [Dawson's Creek] is okay, but the material lacks the power to keep you hooked. Sure, De Taali has a few engaging and enjoyable moments, but it's akin to an oasis in a desert.