The film is produced by Luv Ranjan, directed by debut filmmaker Akiv Ali, wants you to believe that it is progressive. It advocates various “modern-day” aspects of relationships that have traditionally been frowned upon: live-in, divorce and a sizeable age gap. After an image that ‘Luv Ranjan’ makes fun of women, he wants to show that he cares.
When Aashish Mehra (Ajay Devgn) falls in love with a girl half his age, Ayesha Khurana (Rakul Preet Singh), he goes to his therapist friend (Javed Jaffrey), who tries to convince him that she is a gold digger. “Don’t be misogynistic,” rebukes Devgn, almost expecting audience applause. The plot is simple: Londoner Ashish brings the much-younger Aisha back to India to meet his wife and kids, but chickens out of telling them she’s his girlfriend. Hi-jinks predictably ensue. The situation is ripe for comedy, but debutant director Akiv Ali can’t strike the balance between clever humor and broad farce, creating something that wants to be intelligent but looks (and sounds) like a Priyadarshan slapstick mess.
Rakul Preet, on the other hand, is a pure distraction as she fails to lend any depth to her character. Interestingly, Ajay and Rakul enjoy the maximum screen space in De De Pyaar De, but it is Tabu who is the real hero and heroine of this rom-com. She lights up every frame with her presence, and her comic timing is par excellence in De De Pyaar De. Jimmy Sheirgill as Tabu’s admirer adds comic relief to this dull tale. Despite his role is just a cameo, the actor makes it a memorable one.
De De Pyaar De is a bag full of cliches. The makers fail miserably to evolve the story beyond a one-line plot. Go watch De De Pyaar De only if you are a die-hard fan of Tabu.
Most of the good stuff comes from Tabu, naturally, who even wields the word ‘dal’ like a loaded gun. It is a one time watch for tabu. You can also give it a miss without any regret.