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Mere Baap Pahle Aap: A review
Mere Baap Pahle Aap is a typical Priyadarshan film. There is no concrete storyline. It is flimsy in all aspects. The film moves around Akshaye, Om Puri and Paresh Rawal and how Akshaye gets his father married off to his 'old' love.

THE FILM is quite different from the feel (read storyline) the promos give away.

The film kicks off with Om Puri fantasising himself at a beach with semi-clad girls prancing about him. Thereby the film gives you its first conflict. At 50 odd years, Om wants to get hitched (married). The problem is there is no girl rather, lady in sight.

Finally, he gets to find a lady (a professor in a college). He decides to check her for himself and tags his bum-chum Paresh Rawal along.

Here comes the second conflict. It seems Akshaye Khanna (Paresh’s son) has had enough of uncle Om’s marriage-moorings and wants his dad or ‘baapu’ as he fondly calls him out of all the marriage-mayhem.

Interested?

This is the precise problem with Mere Baap Pahle Aap; there is no concrete story. It’s a flimsy trip that holds itself together with numerous gags (fast becoming Priyan’s trademark).

So if you are interested in a flimsy outing, here goes the story.

Akshaye is Paresh’s son. He runs a mall and despite the exterior tiffs of father-son duo, the fact is they both dote on each other. The only tension brews up when his uncle Om tags his dad along for his oh-so-close, yet-so-distant marriage.

To make matters worse both are caught ‘red-handed’ (obviously a case of mistaken identity) by a super-cop Archana Puran Singh trying to act fresh in college.

The complications aggravated when suddenly Akshaye starts getting calls from a girl he couldn’t identify. The role of that girl is played by Genelia D’souza. The motive of Genelia is only revealed later; that has a hidden message for the youth (hope it is not lost!).

Finally Akshaye and Genelia fall in love but before that Akshaye and Genelia stumbles upon a truth - Paresh and Shobhana (Genelia’s aunt) were lovers in their youth.

Akshaye wants his father to reunite with his ‘old’ love, but there are some issues. How the issues are solved forms the narrative of the film.

The film is a typical Priyadarshan film with loads of slapstick at the start; it might offend a few ‘class’ audiences with some ‘crass’ one-liners, but a section of the audiences will enjoy it. After the initial half-an-hour of this below the belt humour, the film finally gets on track with Akshaye’s entry.

It is an average film. The film could have been much better with a better drafted screenplay and crisper editing. Dialogues are very good and in fact, enhance the proceedings.

Akshaye is a good actor, but over here with Paresh complimenting him beautifully, he excels. There are no words to describe Paresh, simply mind-blowing! Om as a old-guy yet to make a ‘start’ is hilarious. Archana fits into the role of foul-mouthed cop beautifully. However, the real find of the movie is Genelia. She is completely a natural and spontaneous performer. Having made her debut a couple of years back with Ritesh Deshmukh in Tujhe Meri Kasam. She hasn’t yet made inroads in Hindi films. Hopefully, post Mere Baap Pahle Aap she should.

An above average weekend fare.

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