Sometimes the new age ideals, sometimes the age old Indian tradition. This is what De De Pyaar De shuttles all through its 135 minutes running time. The writer wants to keep the new generation happy with his ideas of the father readily accepting his daughter’s view to have a live-in relationship before her marriage. Then the writer also wants to let the conservative Indian audience to feel that his film also has Indian culture and ideals. De De Pyaar De movie review…
Neither here… nor there! Seems that Indian culture is in transit mode.
Ashish Mehra (Ajay Devgn) is a 50 year old divorcé residing in London. He is somewhat sort of an Angel investor or a Venture Cap funder. He is rich, living alone in the UK after having seperated from his wife Manju (Tabu).
This rich dude keeps himself fit and in fine shape that attracts a 26 year-old woman Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh) towards him. There are interesing moments when each of them tries to get an upper hand over the other. Ashish has been silently admiring this woman, while this woman is aware of his roving eye and hidden interest in her.
The first half of De De Pyaar De has gloss, glamour and love between Ashish and Ayesha, though they are a generation apart.
When Ashish decided to go in for relationship with this young woman, they decided to hop on a flight to announce this decision to his family that is in Himachal Pradesh. Instantly Ashish is greeted with his hateful and unfriendly daughter who is about to get engaged the next day.
Chaos ensues further when Ashish’s family lie to the girl’s would-be in-laws about his relationship with his estranged wife (they live separetly but officially not divorced yet).
The best part of De De Pyaar De is that it is misogynistic at times yet there are moments of anti-males situations.
Ajay Devgn has maturedly acted subdued and it is Tabu’s performance that hijacks the second half. All throughout the film it is the peppy Rakul Preet Singh who is an eye candy who oozes the sensuality of a classic modern-day Indian girl.
Is the deep rooted Indian culture changing, is its values going through metamorphosis? At one side is the bold content on VOD and OTT platform that is being appreciated by the new gen, here is one film that experiments on the same pattern.
De De Pyaar De
Ajay Devgn as Ashish Mehra
Tabu as Manju
Rakul Preet Singh as Ayesha Khurana
Javed Jaffrey as Samir
Jimmy Shergill as Suresh Khurana
Alok Nath as Veerendra Mehra
Madhumalti Kapoor as Veerendra’s wife
Kumud Mishra as Atul
Inayat Sood as Ishika Mehra
Bhavin Bhanushali as Ishaan Mehra
Sunny Singh as Akash (Cameo appearance)
Credis of De De Pyaar De:
Production companies – Luv Films and T-Series
Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Directed by Akiv Ali
Screenplay by Luv Ranjan, Tarun Jain, Surabhi Bhatnagar
Story by Luv Ranjan
Music by Amaal Mallik, Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi
Background Score: Hitesh Sonik
Cinematography – Sudhir K. Chaudhary
Edited by Akiv Ali