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De De Pyaar De Movie Review: A shapeless tale of unusual love story that takes you nowhere

De De Pyaar De, the iconic song of Amitabh Bachchan from the film Sharaabi, never felt so baseless and meaningless before this Ajay Devgn starrer came out.

Reshu Manglik Reshu Manglik
Updated on: May 17, 2019 21:05 IST
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De De Pyaar De Movie Review: A shapeless tale of unusual love story that takes you nowhere

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  • Movie Name:De De Pyaar De
  • Critics Rating: 1 / 5
  • Release Date: May 16, 2019
  • Director: Akiv Ali
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy

De De Pyaar De, the iconic song of Amitabh Bachchan from the film Sharaabi, never felt so baseless and meaningless before this Ajay Devgn starrer came out. Thankfully though, the song is not remixed for the film, but the makers did use it for their title. The title talks about Pyaar, but the film in totality had too many things to offer including headache, restlessness, mindlessness and commotion. It could’ve been a simple comedy-cum-love story between two people who are generations apart. But no, writer Akiv Ali who has also directed the film tried to put too many ingredients in it including family drama, divorce, adultery and what not.

De De Pyaar De Plot

Ashish (Ajay Devgn), a 54-year-old man falls in love with Aisha (Rakul Preet) who is 24 years younger to him. Without knowing that he’s still married to his estranged wife Manju (Tabu), Aisha accompanies him to his trip to hometown in India where lots of commotion and misunderstanding follow. Ashish grapples between his new girlfriend and ex-wife while his daughter hates him for abandoning his family.

De De Pyaar De Movie Review

The film started with a pointless bachelor party of Ashish's friend where Aisha arrives posing as a stripper. They fall in love and ta-da, the film should’ve ended there. But what follows is a brief break-up, a marriage proposal and a crazy encounter with Ashish's crazy rich Asian family who cannot digest his relationship with such a young girl. Throughout the film, one message was loud and clear that the writer didn’t know what to do with the story. Ashish loves Aisha and she loves him back, the story is simple but just to add some more 'siyaapa', he introduces unnecessary plot twist, characters and songs (there are a lot of it).

Many characters including Jimmy Sheirgill, Javed Jafferi and Alok Nath were redundant. Their roles were limited to only cracking jokes and adding to the humours, the little of what was left in the film. Tabu was not used upto her full potential though she was the only bright spark. We already saw her in Andhadhun and we know what she’s capable of. Ajay Devgn is slipping out of his character way too often. At one point he’s a mature 50-year-old man who understands life but at the same time, he makes an utterly stupid mistake. The blame goes to the lazy writing that can’t stick to one form of character.

Rakul Preet had very little to do in the film but she was enjoyable in the parts she had. Talking about direction, it was as lazy as the writing is. At the beginning of the second half, the film tried to redeem itself, only to spiral into a mess while reaching its end. The writer picks up on many topics but concludes none of them. Tabu talks about divorces and how they’re not as big a deal as people make it. Ajay Devgn's daughter talks about live-in relationships and Rakul gives a two-minute lesson on adultery. But the film’s premise is not strong enough to send out a message on any of them.

De De Pyaar De is enjoyable only if you have no other film to watch and you’re looking for a light film that requires no heavy-lifting.

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