Movie Review: De De Pyaar De
Producer- Bhushan Kumar
Director: Akiv Ali
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn,Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill and Jaaved Jaffery
A fun ride!
It is a film in which the protagonist , the London based millionaire Ashish (Ajay Devgn) admits that he is 50 and falls for a stripper cum bar girl Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh) who enters his life by accident in London. It is a film in which a guy is caught up between his separated but not yet divorced wife and his new flame, who is younger than his own daughter. When she stays back at his home the first time she meets him and Ashish does not make it out with her, the young girl tells him that he had lost a golden opportunity to make out because she was drunk and tells him that he will never get the chance again and he in turn tells her that he preferred to make out when the girl is sober.
Back home in Manali, his son tells the father he’s fallen for his girlfriend, while the father is befuddled by his girlfriend wearing his daughter’s nightclothes. It has one weird scene of the husband letting his wife tie him a rakhi but going to bed with the same lady the next day. Performances wise, Ajay Devgn displays rare maturity and puts in a very restrained performance while Tabu steals the show. Rakul Preet Singh shows promise but her character is half baked and one is unable to make out whether she is a stripper or a bar girl. Poor Jimmy Sheirgill appears in an ill-conceived and half baked character sketch of yet another middle aged fellow with misplaced romantic notions and is shown falling for Manju (Tabu).
The problem with the film is that the screenplay is at times illogical and even half baked and the director tries to incorporate more characters than necessary, including those of Jaaved Jaffrey who plays the psychologist friend of Ashish and Jimmy Sheirgill. Though Akiv Ali makes a confident debut as a director, his editing leaves a lot to be desired and the film could have been snipped by at least 20 minutes. When the subject itself is designed for adults one wonders why the censors were adamant about giving it a UA certificate by snipping off cuss words and diluting the impact of the dialogues in the film. Though Akiv Ali who has been editing almost all of producer-writer Luv Ranjan’s films till date seems to have a hangover of Luv Ranjan’s style of films, including Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety it is nevertheless a fun ride which drives home the message that age is just a matter of number.
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