De De Pyaar De Reviews (Top Critics)

By Rahul Gangwani (2.5/5)

Somewhere in the middle of De De Pyar De's running time you are in fix. You can't make up your mind if the film is a flaccid rom-com, a confusing love triangle or just a soppy family saga. Oh well! The film begins in London where a 50-year-old Ashish Mehra (Ajay Devgn) meets Aisha Khurana (Rakul Preet Singh) who's half his age. The two are instantly attracted to each other and what begins as mindless flirting turns into an almost live-in relationship.

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By Komal Nahta

Ashish (Ajay Devgan) lives in London. He has separated from his wife since 18 years. His wife, Manju (Tabu), and two children, Ishika (Inayat) and Ishaan (Bhavin Bhanushali), live in India with Ashish's parents (Alok Nath and Madhumalti Kapoor). Quite by chance, Ashish meets Aisha (Rakul Preet Singh) in London. While Ashish is a rich businessman, aged 50, Aisha is a fun-loving and easy-going person half his age.

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By Rahul Desai

I was quite relieved to note that the number of ladies romanced by Ajay Devgn in this film has nothing to do with its title. You'd think De De Pyaar De (3 De, 1 Pyaar) promises a love quadrangle. Fortunately, it's a triangle...I think. Or is it about the stigma associated with the older man-younger woman union? Or is it a quasi-satire that tries to destigmatize divorce, gold-digging and live-in relationships? Or is it about an estranged family man trying to reconnect with his roots? Or is it about a man caught in the crossfire between his girlfriend and ex-wife?

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By Sukanya Verma (2/5)

Did I just hear 'misogynist' in a Hindi film? The irony is not lost when its co-producer and writer happens to be Luv Ranjan in whose context it's often used. Though not as explicit in its sexism as his best-known works (Pyaar Ka Punchnama series, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety), the Akiv Ali edited and directed De De Pyaar De is hardly an improvement.

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By Rajeev Masand (2.5/5)

In De De Pyaar De, Ajay Devgan plays a man who becomes romantically involved with a girl half his age, and spends the bulk of the film being made to feel terrible about it. Directed by longtime editor Akiv Ali, the film is produced and co-written by Luv Ranjan, whose decidedly misogynistic gaze on modern relationships has yielded such hits as the two Pyaar Ka Punchnama films and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.

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The Hindu
By Kennith Rosario

The latest film in the Luv Ranjan produced-universe, 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. Through didactic monologues, the film tries to convince you that the makers are trying.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (2.5/5)

Ajay Devgn has no spine in De De Pyaar De. As a 50-year-old intensely aware of his age, the usually alpha actor plays uncharacteristically calm, handing over his valuables to muggers and unable even to push an old Ambassador without strong women helping him out. Only women, in fact, wear the pants in this film, particularly around Devgn's Ashish: His estranged wife Manju intimidates him nearly two decades after their separation, and a young woman named Aisha drains his whiskey and leaves him standing around clueless, rattling his ice-cubes.

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By Bollywood Hungama (4/5)

DE DE PYAAR DE is an unusual love story. Ashish (Ajay Devgn), 50, is based in London. He is separated from his wife, Manju (Tabu). At a common friend's wedding, he comes across Aisha (Rakul Preet Singh) who is 26 years old. She is free-spirited and carefree and both she and Ashish get attracted to each other. In no time, she moves into his place. When the topic of marriage comes up, Ashish hesitates but realizing how much he loves Aisha, he agrees.

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By Gayatri Nirmal (2.5/5)

'Old wine in a new bottle' is what De De Pyaar De is all about. But the new bottle is as good and exciting as the old one. While some romantic comedies barely understand the mantra to attract the attention of the viewer, De De Pyaar De has cracked the code to woo the audience with this romantic comedy, which, thankfully, did not turn out to be yet another slapstick comedy.

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By Vishal Verma (4/5)

Ashish (Ajay Devgn) a fifty year old rich single meets a carefree 25 year old hot Ayesha (Rakul Preet) and its flirt at first sight which later turns into pious love. However Ashish's psychiatrist friend (Jaaved Jaaferi) believes its lust and nothing else, Ashish is looking for some fun with a girl half his age and the girl is seeking a better affluent life style by staying with Ashish. However, Ashish and Ayesha realize that they are not just habits which can be changed.

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By MAYUR SANAP (2.5/5)

There's something enjoyable about silly romantic comedies that center on middle-aged people for a change (In Bollywood, they must look fancy nonetheless). 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, devolves into a half baked idea.

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By Meena Iyer (3.5/5)

Ashish Mehra (Ajay Devgn) is a 50-year-old NRI businessman settled in London who falls in love with 26-year-old Aisha Khurana (Rakul Preet Singh), an engineering student who bartends on the weekends. On a whim, he decides to visit his family settled in Manali. When he introduces her to his two children - primarily his ex-wife Manju Rao (Tabu), whom he has separated from 18 years ago - they indicate that Aisha is unwelcome.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2.5/5)

De De Pyaar De is a mixed bag. Starting off as a breezy older man-younger woman sex comedy, tipping over into an emotional family drama, and trying to sustain a progressive stance while keeping up the randy quotient: it's both hit and miss. Only in Bollywood will a 50-year-old be labelled, not once, but several times over, just in case we didn't get it the first time, a 'buddhaa'.

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By Umesh Punwani (3/5)

Ashish (Ajay Devgn) is your not-so-eligible bachelor who's available in London. It starts with his friend's bachelor party and ends with landing him in chaos. He meets the carefree half-of-his-age hot girl Ayesha (Rakul Preet) and, yes, falls in love. After spending some lovey-dovey time in London and having some sessions with his shrink friend (Jaaved Jaaferi), Ashish decides to unveil the truth to his family back in India.

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By Nandini Ramnath

In De De Pyaar De, Ajay Devgn plays a man whose age in real life - 50 - matches his screen age. This should hardly be unusual, but it actually is in a film industry that has witnessed vastly older male actors paired with vastly younger talent without irony, passing themselves off as virgins, college students or young adults.

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The Times Of India
By Ronak Kotecha (3.5/5)

"This is not an age gap, it's a generation gap," warns Ashish Mehra's (Ajay Devgn) shrink (Javed Jaffrey), when he learns about his client cum friend's affair with a 20-something hottie Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh). But it's not a one-sided love story that has a man dating his beti ki umar ki ladki. It's a full-fledged love affair that has all the trappings of a meet cute romance and more.

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By Charu Thakur (2/5)

Picture this. A 26-year-old hottie gatecrashes a bachelor's party pretending to be a stripper. But before she lays her hands on the groom, they are busted by the bride and her friends. After addressing the initial chaos, she gets drunk at the same party and wakes up in the groom's 50-year-old friend's guestroom.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (4/5)

One Word Review... De De Pyaar De: WINNER! Entertains big time... Smart writing, plenty of laugh aloud moments, strong emotions, top notch acts [Ajay, Tabu, Rakul Preet]... Director Akiv Ali gives a refreshing twist to relationships. Watch it!

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