De De Pyaar De movie is a fantastic cast elevates the formulaic rom-com

There’s something enjoyable about silly romantic comedies that center on middle-aged people for a change. Debutant director Akiv Ali’s ‘De De Pyaar De’ (DDPD) features Ajay Devgn and Tabu in their age-appropriate roles as they deal with a mid-life crisis.

The story, while seeming fresh and exciting on paper, has devolved into a half baked idea. The film is written by Luv Ranjan, whose bubbly rom-coms have set a dubious but successful standard in lightweight entertainment about men getting into the kind of trouble most men can only dream about.

Ashish (Ajay Devgn) is a 50-year-old divorcé who falls in love with Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh), a 26-year-old woman. Eventually, they both get into a relationship. After initial reluctance, the couple decides to meet Ashish’s family, including his former wife Manju (Tabu), to tell them about their relationship. Chaos ensues when Ashish’s family reacts unexpectedly on hearing the news.

Ajay Devgn is witty and believable and has great chemistry with charismatic Tabu and together they make the film a painless slice of escapism. Tabu finally gets her chance to cut loose and her frisky, flirty Manju is a comic revelation. For a pivotal role, however, Ayesha is underwritten and doesn’t get the chance to put her side across. Despite that, Rakul makes the most of her part and gives a charming performance. Jimmy Shergill and notably Alok Nath as Ajay Devgn’s eccentric father, are great and give the film its moments of comedy. The film works as a decent comedy whose many sins are forgivable anytime these stars are on-screen.

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