Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kumud Mishra, Alok Nath, Javed Jaffrey
Every filmmaker aspires to make a movie which is path-breaking and is talked for ages. However, very few have been successful. Pakeezah and Mughal-e-Azam started the trend, Sholay followed it with a perfect formula, DDLJ lived to it, 3 Idiots nailed it and now DDPD (De De Pyaar De) shall carry forward this great legacy.
Now how does DDPD makes it happen for the audience? Spinning words to describe it is very difficult but let's make an attempt to give it words.
The story revolves around a lonely successful businessman, Ashish Mehra (Ajay Devgn) who is on the wrong side of 50. Separated from his wife Manju (Tabu) and family for ages who he never met after a breakup, Ashish leads a quiet life in London and thrives by investing in startups.
As a host for his friend's bachelor party, he comes across a bubbly girl, Ayesha Khurana (Rakul Preet Singh) who is almost half his age. The events so transpire that they both soon fall in love with each other. After many souls searching, they agree to get married and Ajay decides to make Ayesha meet his family. Ajay brings Rakul to India to introduce her to his family.
This is the moment when there is a twist in the tale. Both of them are not given a cordial welcome, especially by his daughter, Ishika (Inayat Sood). Ishika is upset since her father ditched the family when she was only 7 years old. She is furious since her boyfriend, Rishi (Omar Malik) is visiting them with his father, Kumud Mishra for the first time; and the family told Rishi's family that her father passed away during her kindergarten days. In the heat of the moment, Ashish is not able to muster the courage to introduce Ayesha as his fiancee. She is introduced as his secretary. That's when the madness begins.
The confusion is aggravated as Ashish is introduced as Manju's brother. Things come to such a pass that Manju is even made to tie a Rakhi to his husband. Jimmy Shergill also joins the chaos as he is a suitor of Manju living in one of the cottages owned by Mehras in Himachal Pradesh. Then Ashish's son pitches in his mite to hilarity by falling in love with his father's love. Then Manju also falls for Ashish again and she banters with Ayesha are pretty exhilarating.
Add to all this, the amazing and talented star cast and their witty humour which really upped the movies game by quite a few notches. The dialogues of Luv Ranjan are crisp and pack a mighty punch. The timing of the dialogues is so good that you enjoy a hearty laugh at regular intervals.
The cast is almost perfect save Inayat, being her debut but even she matures in the second half. Ajay Devgn and Tabu are natural and their facial expressions and eyes do most of the acting. Javed Jaffrey is simply amazing and plays his role to perfection. Kumud Mishra and Jimmy Sheirgill play their role with ease and elan. However, it is Rakul Preet who takes the cake with her acting and glamour. She is sure made her mark in Bollywood but she'll be remembered for this movie for times to come.
Music is good and hits the right notes with the audience. However, Chale Aana is just one song which doesn't gel well with the cinematography. Overall, Binod Pradhan's cinematography deserves an applaud as he has beautifully captured the scenic beauty of the exotic locations. The choreography of Bosco & Caesar is visually enhanced by the beautiful curves of Rakul Preet.
Dialogues and screenplay by Luv Ranjan, Tarun Jain, and Surabhi Bhatnagar have made the film shine from the very first frame. There is not a moment in the film where you feel umm... why did I come here? Even though it's pretty long but there is never a dull moment in the film.
Akiv Ali's direction shall win him laurels and awards and he shall soon fall in the same league with contemporary directors. He means business and shall soon be a very busy man.
SantaBanta.com never gets swayed while writing reviews or doling out stars but when it comes to De De Pyaar De, it is certainly 4.5 stars since excellence is this movie's hallmark. Moreover, the film's title itself says, De De Star De. 0.5 stars are held back since perfection is seldom achieved.
Do watch this amazing movie since it's a complete entertainment package!