Ajay Devgn plays a true to life character- a 50 years old man London based man, who gets attracted to a 26 years old lady (Rakul Preet). Kudos to Ajay Devgn, for taking up an actual “mature role”, which is quite rarely seen in Bollywood.
So basically Ajay Devgn plays the role of a successful investment banker in London who boxes in his spare time and has got all the attributes of a young man when he’s all into young love. People might think that I am in it for the money and you out of lust, Aisha says. Your idea of tomorrow is very different from mine, Ashish kind of mockingly tells Aisha. This is actually a generation gap, says Ronak (Jaaved Jaaferi), Ashish’s therapist friend, and we can’t help nodding our head “yes”.
One fine day Ashish decides to introduce her to his family in India, which includes his father (Alok Nath), and the presence of Alok Nath, who has currently MeToo charge in real life, as a moralistic older man, is both ridiculous and ironical, estranged wife Manju (Tabu), and his furious daughter Ishita (Inayat). The most striking fact is, Ishita is only a year younger than Aisha, and Manju seems to be in no mood to forgive Ashish for past transgressions.
De De Pyaar De is a story by Luv Ranjan, who has earned huge applauds for his research on reality check in Pyaar Ka Punchnama and his biggest hit, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018). Ranjan holds this reputation for misogyny, and now he attempts to correct this conception in De De Pyaar De by partially giving freedom his female leads from being mean and cunning, as his female characters often are.
The movie as it progresses barely works as an age-gap saga but can be seen more as a comedy about moving on and finding a new lover in life. Makers have heavily induced stuff that is just way too much for an extended sitcom episode with too many songs that are nothing but distractions, uneven comedy, and unnecessary melodrama.
While the individual acting of the cast is strictly restricted to their characters, but Tabu and Degvn still got some mature scenes together, which is a respite from Rakul Preet Singh’s forever-young mugging. Jimmy Sheirgill has got a nice cameo as Manju’s admirer, portraying his talent for broad drama yet again after Tany weds Manu.
It could surely have been a new, coming-of-age cracking rom-com, but all it had to do is put in clichés for a laugh. The best part, though, dialogue writer Luv Ranjan pulled off the difficult task of making actors project real people when they are in messy relationships, and those are the moments in which De De Pyaar De does best.
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