De De Pyaar De: Meet The Parents & More

May-December romances are rather common but it’s an unexplored premise for Hindi cinema. There was Cheeni Kum a few years ago but editor-director Akiv Ali tackles more than just the age difference.

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He’s 50, separated and the father of two. She’s all of 26. But love blossoms.

May-December romances are rather common but it’s an unexplored premise for Hindi cinema. There was Cheeni Kum a few years ago but editor-director Akiv Ali tackles more than just the age difference.

The romance between Ashish and Aisha is placed safely in London where live-ins and girls who like to drink don’t raise an eyebrow. Ashish is all too aware that he’s too old for Aisha. But, as both of them discover, they can’t stay away from each other.

It’s when Ashish brings Aisha to India for a meet-the-family visit that love is really put to the test. Producer-writer Luv Ranjan’s story deals with urban realities like divorce, age difference and live-in arrangements. By opting for a good blend of fun and emotions, the story and the social comments work.

When Ashish who’s a self-confessed lousy husband and lousy father, makes this rare visit to his family, he’s thrown off balance. The realities he has left behind catch up with him and there are relationships galore that need to be sorted out. There’s estranged wife Manju who has been the mature, responsible head of the family. His parents who opted to stay with Manju. His daughter Ishita who can’t stand the sight of this absentee father who was never there for her. And son Ishaan who promptly has a crush on Aisha who’s closer to his age than to his dad’s.

All the emotional entanglements that are in a twist and need to be untangled happen with a sense of fun lurking around the corner.

It isn’t perfect cinema with headache-giving music that’s low on melody. The dialogues are peppered with English words like ‘misogynist’ and ‘performance anxiety’ which may be incomprehensible to the average viewer. And a crisper film would have been welcome.

But the positives are many more. It’s a bold film that does away with traditions like the rakhi scene between a wife and husband.

A very attractive Tabu is in top form as Manju. Telling the kids that they’ve got to learn to take their parents with their flaws, telling off everybody for blaming Ashish for all that’s gone wrong and her breakdown where she’s tired of always being the responsible one, are the most emotionally rich scenes. It’s a relief that she’s dressed in casual westerns and not given a wardrobe full of sarees because she’s 47 years old.

Ajay Devgn comes into his own as the father and the husband and to have him and Tabu play their age is a forward step.

Rakul Preet is extremely confident for a newcomer, holding her ground before experienced actors like Ajay Devgn and Tabu.




Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.


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