"De De Pyaar De" Review: Fuelled By Terrific Performances & Uplifting Story, DDPD Is An Unmissable Watch

Mohnish Singh |May 17, 2019

Starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, "De De Pyaar De" gives a modern twist to relationships. Powered by superlative performances, this Luv Ranjan offering is a total paisa-vasool affair.

Bollywood is blessed to have some writers and filmmakers who exactly know the pulse of the audience. One such filmmaker is Luv Ranjan, who is also a brilliant writer. Known for his quirky romcoms such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011), Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015) and, of course, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018), Luv makes movies whose sole purpose is to entertain you. But, yes, if you end up receiving any message while watching his cinema, that’s the icing on the cake.

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After the rip-roaring success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Luv is back with his latest offering De De Pyaar De. Unlike his previous hits, the writer-director has not directed the new film. He has, in fact, passed the directorial baton on to Akiv Ali who has to his credit almost 40 films as an editor. Luv Ranjan has just written the film. Even if I had not told you about him being the writer of De De Pyaar De, you would have guessed it because the film has all the ingredients of his trademark writing.

Starring superstar Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, De De Pyaar De is out in cinemas now, and here is what our Mumbai correspondent Mohnish Singh feels about the much-anticipated movie.

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De De Pyaar De: What’s The Film All About?

Separated from his wife Manju (Tabu) years ago, Ashish (Ajay Devgn) lives quite a happening life in London. He is a successful investment banker, who has possibly achieved everything professionally. Since there is no baggage of a past relationship, Ashish does not mind indulging in random hook-ups.

One fine day, he happens to me meet Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh), a carefree, bold, free-spirited girl, who lives for the moment. Both hit it off right away and soon their harmless flirting leads to love. But the problem is that Ashish is 50 and Ayesha is 26.

Keeping all their worries at bay, both decide to take their relationship to the next level. But before that happens, Ashish wants Ayesha to meet his estranged wife Manju and kids back in India. He brings Ayesha to his family in India and, as expected, all hell breaks loose as he desperately tries to woo her estranged family and parents to allow him to marry his new girlfriend, who is half his age.

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De De Pyaar De: Performance Analysis

Ajay Devgn’s name is synonymous with quality performances. Even in his worst movies, his performance has always garnered praises from critics and audiences alike. In De De Pyaar De, he is at the top of his game once again. The actor is playing his age and that is perhaps the coolest thing about him in the movie. Almost every second character is making fun of his age, calling him uncle and oldie, but he takes it in his stride, despite knowing it well that he is young enough to give 20-year-olds a run for their money.

After an award-winning performance in Andhadhun (2018), Tabu proves her mettle once again. No one could have played Manju better than her. She adds weight to each and every scene she is a part of. Tabu and Ajay have done several films together and their comfort level with each is inconspicuously visible in the movie.

Talking about Rakul Preet Singh, she surprises you with her performance. As sparkling, vivacious and happy-go-lucky Aisha, she infuses young energy in the film. Her chemistry with Ajay Devgn is bang-on. She stands out even in her scenes with Ajay and Tabu and that is a huge thing for an actress who is doing her third film in Hindi. Jaaved Jaffery, Jimmy Shergill and Kumud Mishra could have more meat to their roles. But overall, De De Pyaar De is a well-acted film.

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De De Pyaar De: Script, Direction & Other Technical Aspects

De De Pyaar De has an interesting story to tell, if not great. Luv Ranjan puts his pen to the best use and comes up with a story which is fresh, engaging and, at the end of it, delivers a few pertinent messages without sounding preachy at any given point in time. The only problem with the film is that it looks disjointed in the first half. Nothing seems cohesive and, more often than not, you feel like the movie is jumping from one scene to another without leaving any impact. Fortunately, as it races towards its interval points, the narrative comes under control, ensuring a splendidly written and performed second half.

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De De Pyaar De marks the directorial debut of well-known editor Akiv Ali. For a first time director, he has done a pretty good job. His experience of editing so many films comes handy and hence, the final product that he delivers is entertaining as well as praiseworthy.

The cinematography of the film is good. Editing is perfect. Music could have been better because apart from Vaddi Sharaban, no other song leaves any impression. The background score is good though. Locations are excellent.

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a light-hearted family entertainer, I don’t think you will find any better option than De De Pyaar De this weekend. Powered by thoroughly entertaining performances by the lead cast and oodles of funny and some emotional moments, De De Pyaar De is worth your time and a single penny. I am going with 3.5 stars.

Banner: Luv Films, T-Series
Director: Akiv Ali
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh
Length: 134 Minutes
STARBIZ Rating: 3/5

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