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De De Pyaar De Review

Banner Name: Luv Films, T-Series
Producer:  Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Director: Akiv Ali
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Certified Type:  U / A
Music Director: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rochak Kohli, Manj Musik, Vipin Patwa, Atul Sharma
Editor: Chetan Solanki
Language: Hindi
Story Writer: Tarun Jain & Luv Ranjan
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Sudhir K. Chaudhary
Story Details
An affluent middle-aged man living in London falls in love with a girl half his age. All hell breaks loose when he tries to seek approval from his separated wife and estranged family back in India.

“This is not an age gap, it’s a generation gap,” warns Ashish Mehra’s (Ajay Devgn) shrink (Javed Jaffrey), when he studies about his client cum friend’s matter with a 20-something hottie Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh). But it’s not a one-sided love story that has a man dating his beti ki umar ki ladki. It’s a full-grown love affair that has all the trappings of a meet-cute romance and further. What starts as inoffensive flirting among two starkly dissimilar characters, leads them to discover that they can be more than just a habit for each other. This is pretty much what the first half of ‘De De Pyaar De’ is all about.
Ajay Devgn is in top form (physically and otherwise) playing his age and having the last laugh, even as he lets the viewer’s laugh at him for being continually called Buddha and ‘Uncle’ in the movie. He takes it in his stride, knowing well that even at 50, he can give the 20-year-olds, a run for their money. Little miracle then that, his chemistry with a young and bubbly Rakul Preet Singh doesn’t feel out of place. She greetings Devgn’s suave charisma with sureness and glamour. Like in every movie, Tabu excels in this one too, with her modest act and measured expressions. She is not only the voice of reason in the flick, but also elegance and beauty personified. Even her comical timing is spot on.
It’s a shame that writers Luv Ranjan and Tarun Jain don’t fully exploit her comic potential. Neither do they deep dive into revealing information of what could possibly be the deal breaker for Ashish to leave Manju.
For the most part, De De Pyaar De remains light and fleecy with difficult situations and struggles in the second half. However, the story shakes each time director Akiv Ali tries to strike a balance amid modern thinking and age-old didactic values. While some major conflicts resolve very conveniently (almost unbelievably), there are roles like that of Jimmy Shergill, who purely add to the noise and confusion. A clear chance to generate some remarkable laugh out loud moments with the talented actor is lost in the process. The rest of the cast is also reduced to being caricatures you cannot take too extremely. The songs are weak, but the background score is consistently strong to lift many of the scenes.

Others Comment:
The film maturely handles a few touchy topics like divorce, live-ins, and age-inappropriate romance, without getting too overbearing. Thankfully, director Akiv Ali wraps it up with a slightly unpredictable climax minus the melodrama. Overall, DDPD is a fun ride that reinstates the fact that when it comes to love, age is just a number.
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Technical Department

Direction 8
Editor 8
Casting Producer 8
Art Department 8
Music Director 8

Technical Department

Story Department 7
Choreography 7
Cinematography 8
Graphics 8
Field Publicity 8
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